MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - The American Birkebeiner cross-country ski race was held in Hayward, Wisconsin yesterday, and two Minnesota National Guard solders competed from Iraq (I'm not making this up).
Here is a link to the story on SkinnySki.Com: http://skinnyski.com/racing/display.asp?Id=7884
For readers that don't know me personally: I used to be a serious cross-country ski racer and was once a member of the US junior national biathlon team myself, and I have also competed in "the Birkie" several times.
Day by Day, by Chris Muir (updated daily)
Chris Muir is the cartoonist that I met in Kuwait. He spent two weeks in Iraq at the same time I was there in February 2007, and so thought it would relevant to showcase his work on my site. Here is a link to Chris' humorous travelogue of this Iraq trip: http://billroggio.com/archives/2007/03/arrival_alignright_v.php