His collegiate running career complete in 2004 at Division II , where he was a talented but hardly world-class runner, Mario Fraioli issued a bold statement to his father:
“I want to be in the 2012 Olympics.”
Sure enough, come Friday night at London’s Olympic Stadium, Fraioli will wear the red, white and blue and walk in the opening ceremonies. The colors, though, belong to Costa Rica, not the United States. And Fraioli will be walking as a member of Costa Rica’s track and field coaching staff, not an athlete.