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Now that summer is actually over, school has started and the political season is in full swing, we thought it would be refreshing to pause and look back over the Olympic Games to see what insights it can bring into your life as a Sandwiched Boomer. This August, billions of fans watched athletes from around the world compete in the Beijing Olympics. Even with political controversy and global tensions running rampant, these diverse games reflected the delicate balance between reality and entertainment. For many Sandwiched Boomers, the Olympics satisfied the … Continue reading

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The first time ever, two U.S. women won gold and silver medals in the all-around individual gymnastics competition. For Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson – friends, competitors, teammates – it’s been a long journey but their dream came true. Valeri Liukin, Nastia’s dad and coach, competed for the Soviet Union in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Nastia faced her dad’s gold medal every day when she woke up, giving her extra motivation: “Just to be able to see it, having it there in my room and knowing that in a few … Continue reading

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It has been three months since the 7.8 earthquake that devastated the Sichuan province of China, killing 70,000 people, injuring 375,000 and leaving more than 5 million homeless. Over 7,000 classrooms were destroyed and close to 10,000 children died in the tragedy. With the one child rule in China, there was an outpouring of grief as many families lost their only child. In the opening ceremony of the summer games, 9-year old Lin Hao, accompanying flag bearer Yao Ming, represented hope for the Chinese poeple. Lin Hao was a student … Continue reading

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Todd and Barbara Bachman, whose daughter Elisabeth “Wiz” McCutcheon was a member of the U.S. women’s volleyball team in the Athens summer games, were quintessential supporters of the sport. The first day of the Beijing Olympics, Todd died of a stabbing and Barbara was seriously injured by an attacker who tried to rob them and then committed suicide by jumping from the balcony of the ancient Drum Tower. Elizabeth, a 2004 volleyball gold medalist, is married to the U.S. men’s volleyball coach, Hugh McCutcheon. His first thought, when hearing the … Continue reading

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