The Olympics have begun, and it's clear already that one sport is still flourishing -- Russia bashing. Or more precisely, awkward American back flips over exactly how to depict Russia. Only a few days in, NBC committed factual errors, gross distortions, and patronizing enthusiasms.
How does a professed anti-bullying and gay-rights advocate with a love for Russia and its people feel about the swirling controversy over the country's gay rights record as the Winter Olympics in Sochi gear up? One could ask Catherine Curran O'Malley, the first lady of Maryland, that very question.
Tatyana McFadden, the Columbia-raised Paralympic world champion, was in town last Thursday evening at Atholton High School to accept her plaque as one of the 2014 inductees into the Howard County Women's Athletics Hall of Fame. As expected, she — along with fellow inductee and Atholton grad Allison Valentino Fondale — received a standing ovation from the crowd. Tatyana, who had one of the most overwhelming years of any athlete on the planet, will be heading to Sochi, Russia to