Let’s give a gold medal to the Olympic athletes of the CT
Thumbs up to the athletes who gave Connecticut a dominating presence at the 2022 Winter Olympics. The United States left China with 25 medals, several of which went to athletes with Connecticut ties. Team USA’s first medal was awarded to Julia Marino of Westport, who won silver in the women’s snowboard slopestyle. The first American to win a gold medal was Roxbury’s Lindsey Jacobellis in women’s snowboard cross. Jacobellis picked up a second gold medal in the mixed snowboard cross team. Yale student Nathan Chen joined an elite roster as the seventh American to win Olympic gold in the men’s singles figure skating competition. Chen and Madison native Zach Donohue contributed to a silver medal in the figure skating team event. Donahue also picked up a silver medal in rhythm dancing and a bronze medal in ice dance competition, both with partner Madison Hubbell. Several other athletes did not make it to the podium, but did their home country proud during the fortnight.
Thumbs up Governor Ned Lamont’s recognition of March as Problem Gambling Awareness Month, especially given the recent introduction of sports gaming in the state. The theme for the 2022 campaign is “Awareness + Action” and will involve groups across the state hosting conferences, airing public service announcements and providing counselor training, among other measures. Health screening days and social media campaigns are also planned to raise awareness of problem gambling and the availability of prevention, treatment and recovery services. With games of chance no longer requiring a visit to a casino, but now available simply by picking up a phone, it is inevitable that problems will increase. It is up to everyone to ensure that help is available.