running-uphill-2-sm.jpgTheir eyes tearing when the flag goes up, the members of the Iraqi Olympic team are standing for unity. The president of its committee is a Kurd; the sprinter in the 100-meter dash is Sunni; the coach is Shiite.

The sprinter, Dana Abdul-Razak, has had to dodge sniper fire and cut deals with militia to allow her to practice on the track back home. Her Olympic dream might end in the first round, but that is not as important as the journey to get here.

(Photo courtesy of Sun Star)

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