OCD, Escaping From Genocide: Sure, They're the Same

I have a story of my own, Olympic readers. I bravely overcame a dependance on alcohol and sleeping until ten in the morning to become a blogger. Inspiration! Just set it to some weepy strings and we've got interstitial video gold for our sports broadcast.
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↵I don't need athletes to all have some story of personal triumph easily compacted into a three minute feature piece. In fact, I'd be more than happy to have a whole piece about how normal and unaffected by tragedy an athlete is, just to have a change of pace for once.
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↵Yet every athlete in profile has to have some kind of inner crux they "overcome," and sometimes these are exceedingiy lame. They get lamer when your read them sequentially while breezing through the morning feeds.
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↵To wit: Ryan Perrilloux, former LSU QB starting over as a transfer at Jacksonville State, reveals he has OCD in a Yahoo interview. To be fair, the troubled qb doesn't use it as an excuse for his behavior at LSU, but did the writer have to frontload it in the story as if it were something huge to overcome?
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↵Especially when the next thing I read this morning was this profile in the NYT on former Bosnian Olympian Mirsada Burcic, who takes your OCD and raises you, sir.
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↵⇥Mirsada Buric, who is graduating with a master’s degree from the Columbia Journalism School, competed for Bosnia in the 3,000 meters at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona after dodging sniper fire and mortar shells while training in besieged Sarajevo, surviving imprisonment in a concentration camp and the killing of her brother, neighbors and friends, and not knowing until days before the Games began whether the small Bosnian delegation would even be allowed to leave for Spain. ↵
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↵There's your problem with comparative misery, kids. Someone's always got you beat. Always. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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