Baltimore's Toni-Ann Williams, the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year last season for the University of California, realizes that regardless of whether she reaches the Rio Games next August, she has done plenty to boost the sport in her parents' homeland where megastar sprinter Usain Bolt is the most well-known and popular Olympian.
We welcome the media's interest in American Sign Language interpreters. They bridge the linguistic divide between the hearing world and the deaf world. And in doing so, they perform a valuable service. But if the media approach American Sign Language as entertaining performance art, they are perpetuating a fallacy. And if the media believe that interviewing celebrity sign language interpreters obviates the need to communicate with deaf individuals, then this new trend is not just surprising;
Fifty percent of Americans planning to watch the Olympics expect Phelps to be the biggest male star in London. That significantly trumps LeBron James, who finished second (17 percent), and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, who came in third (8 percent). Serena Williams won the women¿s category (43 percent).