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Faisal Faisal in Lake Placid
Faisal Faisal in Lake Placid

Story 2.0: Iraqi?s struggle to reach Winter Olympics leads through Lake Placid

Iraq has never sent an athlete to the Winter Olympics. Back in 2005, before the games in Torino, Italy, Brian Mann profiled skeleton sled racer Faisal Gazi Faisal, from Baghdad. Once again this year, Faisal is fighting to win a berth at next month's Winter Games in Vancouver. Brian caught up with him in Lake Placid and found that his struggles and setbacks have mirrored the turmoil back home in Iraq.  Go to full article
Faisal Ghazi Faisal
Faisal Ghazi Faisal

Iraqi Sledder Returns to Lake Placid On Track To Olympics

An Iraqi sled-racer returned to Lake Placid last week to train and compete. Faisal Ghazi Faisal is hoping to qualify for the Winter Olympics this February in Torino, Italy. If he succeeds, he'll be the first Iraqi ever to compete in the Winter Games. Brian Mann updated his profile of Ghazi, which first aired last January.  Go to full article
Faisal Ghazi Faisal aims for 2006 Olympics
Faisal Ghazi Faisal aims for 2006 Olympics

Olympic Dreams for an Iraqi Sled Racer

While millions of Iraqis were voting Sunday, one of their countrymen was competing in Lake Placid. Faisal Ghazi Faisal, who grew up in Baghdad, raced in the America's cup "skeleton" sled race. The 24-year-old hopes to become the first Iraqi ever to compete in the Winter Olympic Games next year. As Brian Mann reports, Faisal sees his dream as a small part of Iraq's return to normalcy.  Go to full article

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