WABASHA, Minn. — In the weeks before Olympic cyclist Kelly Catlin killed herself, she felt her mind slipping. She could not focus on her schoolwork at Stanford, where she was a first-year graduate student in computational mathematics. In an email she sent to her family, a coach and a friend in January, she said her thoughts were “never-ending spinning, spinning, spinning” as if they were “never at rest, never at peace.” She wrote that she cried about it, and that made her feel even worse. For years, Catlin, 23, was someone who took pride in holding back tears. Catlin told her sister, Christine, that seeking therapy meant she was weak and that she would rather suffer. She told her brother, Colin, that she thought she was going insane and she worried that she was a danger to others because she was filled with rage. She wrote that she was scared of dying. “What is it like to no longer have a mind?” she wrote in January, just days before a first … [Read more...] about Olympic cyclist Kelly Catlin seemed destined for glory. Why did she kill herself?
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Every summer Olympics, athletes carry the Olympic torch from Athens, Greece, to the host city, where the torch ignites the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony. Now, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have unveiled the design of the new torch, and it’s a lovely ode to Japanese tradition, technology, and sustainability. Tokujin Yoshioka, is composed of aluminum construction waste recovered from temporary housing built after the devastating 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. It was made using aluminum extrusion technology, which is also used to manufacture Japanese bullet trains. The torch’s form is equally thoughtful. It takes the shape of a cherry blossom, perhaps the most famous flower in Japan. Elegant metal petals sweep up from the torch’s mast to culminate in a flower, out of which the flames will erupt. “The design began after I drew cherry blossom emblems with children in [a] recovering area,” Yoshioka tells Fast Company via email. “The … [Read more...] about Tokyo has the best Olympics design in decades
MANILA, Philippines -- The country's best professional basketball players will share the spotlight with beauty queens and other athletes when the PBA opens its 44th season on Sunday at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. The PBA teams tapped high-profile women as their muses for the opening ceremonies, with perennial crowd favorite Barangay Ginebra making an immediate splash by naming Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach as their muse. Not to be outdone, Blackwater chose not one but two muses -- Bb. Pilipinas Globe and Creamline star Michele Gumabao, and Olympic swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi. San Miguel, meanwhile, is going with Bb. Pilipinas International Kylie Verzosa. NLEX also made headlines by choosing volleyball superstar Alyssa Valdez as their muse, with team governor Rodrigo Franco touting the Creamline ace as "a true-blue supporter of the Road Warriors." READ: Alyssa Valdez to serve as NLEX's muse "She attends our games, and continues to support the squad even as Kiefer … [Read more...] about Beauty queens, actresses take spotlight in PBA opening
It’s what you don’t see, smell or hear that separates Elderwood at Lancaster from poorly run nursing homes. There are no pungent odors from incontinence that often are a telltale sign in low-rated nursing homes. The air smells clean. The floors shine. There is no undercurrent of tension. At short-staffed nursing homes, conversations between staff and residents sometimes begin with yells for help and a harried response. At Elderwood, nurses and aides talk and laugh with residents, offering assistance to push a wheelchair or answer a question. And there are few complaints. At some poorly rated local nursing homes, residents complain about the staff forgetting to feed them or leaving them in their own waste for hours. At Elderwood, residents say the staff takes good care of them. Elderwood at Lancaster has the best federal ratings among the 47 nursing homes in Erie and Niagara counties and is one of the top-rated in New York State. The home has received … [Read more...] about How Lancaster’s Elderwood nursing home became one of the best in N.Y.
Ravell Call, Deseret News FILE - Simon Ammann of Switzerland makes his final jump at the Mens Individual K120 jump at Olympic Park during the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. Related Links Reno-Tahoe pulls out of competition for Winter Olympics, leaving Salt Lake and Denver 2002 Olympic legacy remains ‘palpable’ in Utah, USOC chief says ‘We know how to do this’: Here’s who would pick up the tab for Salt Lake City’s next Winter Games bid SALT LAKE CITY — The longtime head of Ski Utah is convinced that Salt Lake City is going to be picked over Denver to bid for a future Winter Games by the U.S. Olympic Committee on Friday. "It's a no-brainer. We've got this great spot and we're ready to go," Nathan Rafferty, the ski industry organization's president and CEO, said during a newsmaker breakfast at the University of Utah's Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. Rafferty said he's "very confident" Salt Lake City would prevail … [Read more...] about Salt Lake City a ‘no-brainer’ choice to bid for another Olympics, Ski Utah leader says