Journeyman electrician Ekaterina Pashkevitch is taking to the ice in Sochi, Russia, this week, playing center for the Russian women's Olympic hockey team.
Olympic figure skating champion Brian Boitano came out Thursday, two days after he was named to the U.S. delegation for Sochi along with openly gay athletes Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow.
London's Olympics was the site of laudable developments for women's access to and full participation in major athletic activities.
While the 2012 Summer Olympics bring athletes together in spectacles of sport, the Games will also bring crippling debt, especially galling given the latest austerity measures in the UK.
Parliament is moving center-stage as crises of private-sector greed and incompetence are laid before select committees.
The Games have become a hopeful, yet often futile, source of economic revitalization and jobs for the host city or country, which instead often winds up in debt. Greece is case in point.
The Olympics should be about the beauty of sports and competition without the beast of corporate profits.