Monday, July 7, 2008

Beijing Baby!!

With his dark beard and long hair, Anthony Famiglietti looked as if he'd stumbled into the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Olympic trials from the great north woods.

Really, he's just a 29-year-old guy from Medford, L.I., with indefatigable legs, a spiritual bent and some ethical uncertainty about the Olympic Games.

"The Olympics is not what it used to be," Famiglietti said Saturday, minutes after he won the trials with a wire-to-wire victory in 8 minutes, 20.24 seconds, a feat he celebrated by traipsing bare-footed through the Hayward Field stands, seemingly hugging half of Eugene. "It doesn't have that power anymore. A lot of people get caught up in the winning of the gold medal, the silver medal, the bronze medal, the money behind it, the fame behind it, and they lose sight of the competition. There's too much commercialism behind the whole thing."
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