Layden: Competing under withering pressure, Olympians deserve our fervor and empathy
Bottom of the ninth? Pressure. Two free throws to win the game? Pressure. Six-foot putt to win the U.S. Open? Pressure. But there's not pressure like that heaped on Olympic athletes, who carry the expectations of a nation and only get the chance to shrug it off every four years.
While you were sleeping, this U.S. athlete brought the world to tears with the ultimate redemption story
Lindsey Jacobellis of the United States is one of the greatest snowboarders of all-time with five world championships and eight X-Games titles, but had been known more for a giant mess-up than all of her other accomplishments.