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Mom Preps for War as She Watches Son Race for Ukraine at the Olympics

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KYIV—Yelena Handei sometimes thinks it’s better not to watch her son’s biggest races live on TV. “My heart might stop during those 40 seconds,” she tells The Daily Beast. “It’s better for me to watch a replay.”

It’s not the only thing she has to worry about.

While Oleh Handei is in Beijing for the Olympics—to compete in the short track speed skating for Ukraine—his family back home is braced for an invasion by President Putin’s Russian army.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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