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By Ed Feulner
Nation is rising again on the shoulders of average folks
Topic - Fred Sainz
A day before athletes begin filing in to Sochi's Fisht Stadium for Friday's opening ceremony, NBC is already being tested on how it will cover the two biggest non-sports issues of the Winter Olympics.
Was it a proud revelation, or an impassioned case for privacy? A coming-out speech, or a why-SHOULD-I-come-out speech? Too little and too late, or just enough?
Pioneering astronaut Sally Ride, who relished privacy as much as she did adventure, chose an appropriately discreet manner of coming out.
The repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy owes much to Sens. Susan Collins and Joseph I. Lieberman, who kept the issue alive when it appeared dead in the kind of partnership that is likely to become a model for getting things done in next year's divided Congress.
Sainz said he hopes that NBC would devote at least one lengthy report on the issue of how gays are treated in Russia and that it should be mentioned at least once every night during more than two weeks of prime-time coverage.
"It's reasonable to expect that they should be inclusive of the shadow that clouds these Olympic games," said Fred Sainz, an HRC spokesman.