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Boss' kindness kept Olympian afloat

Steinbrenner put swimmer who lost his father during '92 Games through med school

Updated: December 31, 2010, 3:05 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

The swimmer was awakened at 3 a.m. and told some people needed to see him downstairs. Ron Karnaugh was supposed to win a medal at the Barcelona Olympics, maybe even take the gold in the 200 individual medley, and suddenly he was being rushed into an office in the small hours of the night, the first night of the 1992 Summer Games, to find a stranger comforting his loved ones.

George Steinbrenner had his arm wrapped around Karnaugh's sister, Debbie, literally keeping her from crumbling to ...

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