The water's edge

For all that Cuban athletes stand to gain in America, much must be sacrificed first

Originally Published: February 7, 2014
By Dan Le Batard | ESPN The Magazine

GRANDPA PUT DAD on a plane in Cuba when Dad was a teenager, never knowing if they'd see each other again. Dad got here without money, English or a job, but he met Mom and they struggled to make an immigrant American life together. They didn't have much in common beyond the language, the survival and the path. Mom too had been sent away as a teenager by her scared family and came to this country as Dad did, with no promise of a family reunion.

In Cuba, Mom was chased ...

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