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Power Take: Rio negatives could be negated by strong showing from locals

On Thursday, it was exactly three months until the Opening Ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Things are swell in Brazil, aside from recession, political strife, unsold tickets, polluted waters, drought, budget overruns, a spike in crime, and fears about the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

There’s typically unease before the Games. Did I mention terrorism? But the host country always rallies and puts on a show.

I’m especially excited for Rio because of the “locals.” This could be the best collection of Buffalo-area athletes ever at an Olympics.

Fredonia native Jenn Suhr is the defending champ in women’s pole vault. West Seneca’s Matt Anderson is the star of the men’s volleyball team. Emily Regan should row in the women’s eight. Kenmore’s Anita Alvarez will compete in duet in synchronized swimming.

Elma native Jake Kaminski, who won an archery silver in London, is close to qualifying again. Portville’s Jon Jones, who won an NCAA shot put title at UB, will be at trials in July.

I’m getting ready, too. Loading up on bug spray.