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The Summer Olympics are nearly over.  At least in the world of sports, recently much focus has been directed to the London games. The United States and China have more or less dominated the other countries in the accumulation of medals. Maybe of more interest, though, are a few stories that have not been given international coverage, noting that there was actually a distinct “local” flavor to the London games.

I had been aware that one alumna of Louisiana Tech was one of the participants in the women’s long jump. Chelsea Hayes, of New Orleans, a Tech track star, competed in the long jump for women. Although she did not quite make the medal round, she did jump quite a way, 20 ft 3/4 inch, only a mere 1 1/4 inches from the medal round. That is quite an achievement for Hayes, Tech and its track program. Congratulations are certainly deserved. There were also two other alumni from Tech who competed although for other countries. This is not an unusual occurrence for former university students from the United States to compete for their native countries.

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