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Daily News Editorial

Aug 16, 2008

You could say Estherville has a ringside seat in Beijing, thanks to the watchful eye of one of its own who is attending the Olympic Games.

Stephanie Neppl, a 1993 graduate of Estherville High School, has graciously offered to share her experiences at the mega-Asian athletic extravaganza.

A reporter herself who once lived in Beijing, she knows what it takes to write a story and share it with others, in this case, the folks back in Iowa.

It was totally her idea to share her glimpse into the games and participants. She contacted her parents, Craig and Linda Neppl, with email information for the Estherville Daily News. The newsroom made contact with her and ouila! … we now have a close-up view from Beijing!

As for the Olympics, most people are tuning in at least a little and finding the drama and excitement that comes from competition between the best athletes in the world.

Whether watching Michael Phelps’ quest for a record number of gold medals or Iowa’s Shawn Johnson earning silver in gymnastics, there is a storyline for every event.

The U.S. opened the 2008 games with an unprecedented sweep in individual fencing, a sport most know very little about.

Although Ukraine knocked U.S. out of the team fencing finals, the sport featured an exciting finish for the gold medal. Anyone watching TV during the noon hour on Thursday saw the underdog Ukrainians come from behind to defeat China for gold by a single point.

If nothing else, the Olympics provide a glimpse into the lives of people from other nations and for the most part, show that we are not so different.