The most upbeat story of the week is the return of 67 Special Olympics athletes from an international competition. Where else but in Athens, Greece.
The youngsters were met with bands and cheering parents and supporters when they arrived at Juan Santamaría airport. Many were decked out in multiple gold, silver and bronze medals.
The athletes and their 18 trainers were guests at Casa Presidencial Thursday where President Laura Chinchilla praised them for their efforts. They were applauded by Casa Presidencial staffers.
Some 7,000 athletes from 180 countries attended the games that ran from June 25 to last Monday. The results of the Costa Rican efforts are posted on the Web site of the Special Olympics World Summer Games. Some Costa Rican participants competed in a dozen or more events.