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    From: http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-olycol21mar21,1,6889328.column?coll=la-headlines-sports

    Here’s the Moses segment:

    Clearing New Hurdles

    At 48, Edwin Moses is as driven as when he won 107 consecutive 400-meter

    hurdles finals and gold at the 1976 and 1984 Olympics. And after

    stepping up his training last summer with a goal of qualifying for the U.S.

    Olympic trials, he’s probably as fit as he was at Montreal, Los Angeles

    and his bronze-medal finale at Seoul in 1988.

    “I could probably run the 100-meter hurdles competitively today,” he

    said.

    But his plans to compete in his signature race were derailed by

    partially torn cartilage in his right knee, an old injury that hadn’t

    bothered him for years. Unable to put in the 1,200 miles of running he

    figured he’d need, he ended his comeback. Yet, the attempt was anything

    but a failure.

    “I wasn’t trying to come back and run against Felix Sanchez,” he said,

    referring to the two-time world champion. “My whole goal was to prove

    sport can be used in positive ways, for social change.”

    His aim was to publicize the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which

    finances and promotes programs that use sports to tackle social issues

    such as HIV, landmines, homelessness and the plight of children in war-torn

    nations. Moses and athletes from various sports visit countries around

    the world to add a personal touch that often has great impact. He

    estimated that he racked up 400,000 air miles and visited 26 or 27

    countries last year.

    The U.S. Sport for Good Foundation raised $1 million at a Beverly Hills

    gala last week.

    “We don’t reinvent the wheel. We don’t build facilities. We find someone

    already dealing with these problems and we help,” said Moses, who lives

    in Orange County and Atlanta.

    “I think we’ve accomplished a lot, but we want to do more. I think I’ve

    motivated a lot of athletes on the [Laureus] academy. It’s about

    motivating people, trying to do things other people think are impossible.”

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