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Dennis: With all-stars, US Olympic curling team can win gold

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“The neighborhood curling team,” The New York Times headlined its story in 2010, which profiled the U.S. men’s Olympic curling team for that year.

“All five members of the team — four on the ice and one as an alternate — are from Minnesota.” Moreover, three of the five had been friends since boyhood; and now, there they were, a self-formed team of real-life neighbors, on their way to the Olympics.

It was an echo of the original Olympic spirit of amateurism.

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