THE SOAP OPERA GAMES

DETERMINED TO MAKE EVERY EVENT A TEARJERKER, NBC OVERPLAYS THE PERSONAL STORIES

I don't know much more now about the challenge of the parallel bars than I knew before the start of the Atlanta Games, but I do know a lot about the human spirit triumphing over adversity, both real and trumped up. I know a whole lot, for example, about Irina Scherbo, not a competitor but married to one, which is enough to make you a star in your own feature film. Irina, the wife of Belorussian Vitali Scherbo, who won six gold medals in the '92 Games, slammed into a telephone pole on her way to the hairdresser last December, splitting...

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