So, I don't exactly *know* Christine Magnuson, but in the six-degrees-of-separation world, it's pretty close. Close enough that we were cheering like crazy here last night when she took silver in the women's 100 meter butterfly.
"Mags" as she's known here in Tinley Park, went to school with my eldest daughter, Robyn. They didn't travel in the same circles (band and swim don't, usually), but Mags was good friends with one of Robyn's good friends. How's that for "degrees"? And my middle daughter, Sara, taught swim lessons with Mags one year. Not that she'd remember ...
Still, when a hometown girl makes it big, we all celebrate. We couldn't be happier for the Magnuson family and we'll be watching her next event, the relay (if I can ever find when it will be broadcast!).
HUGE congratulations to Christine Magnuson, her family, and to all the wonderful and dedicated people who coached, helped, and cheered for her success. We're so proud!