Palo Alto Weekly

News - February 12, 2010

Blogging the Olympics

Palo Alto Online will host commentary from 1976 Olympic gold medalist John Naber

John Naber, a 1973 Woodside High graduate, won four gold medals and one silver at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal in swimming. He was inducted into the U.S. Olympic and Bay Area Sports halls of fame and was twice elected president of the U.S. Olympians (America's Olympic Alumni Association).

Starting Feb. 14, Naber will be attending the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada, and posting his observations and impressions on a blog on www.PaloAltoOnline.com.

He will be traveling to Seattle first to pick up Olympic teammate Wendy Boglioli and her husband before joining thousands of fans at the Games.

"The Olympic Games are different because many visitors come to watch the event, and they don't really care who wins. They just want to witness excellence. The applause for the winner is almost universal and always genuine," Naber said this week.

"Since my Olympic success in Montreal, I cannot hear the 'Star-Spangled Banner' without being reminded of the pride and patriotism I felt on that day."

Naber has written an inspirational book, "Awaken the Olympian Within: Stories from America's Greatest Olympic Motivators," which is available at www.JohnNaber.com.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff

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