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Fri., June 14, 2013, 4:25 a.m.

Happy birthday to Dr. Eric Heiden

I can still remember hearing women talk about his legs, which was illuminating.

I had heard women speak admiringly of attractive men before, of course. But there was something unreservedly lustful about the appreciation of the Olympic speed skater's male form.

I had no inclination to begrudge them their fantasies. After all, Heiden had worked long and hard to be in the shape that allowed him to excel as an athlete. And by all accounts, he was an excellent person. So if some of my female acquaintances wanted to imagine enjoying close proximity to his well developed quads, well, who could blame them?

Not ladylike? Perhaps. But since when have all men behaved as gentlemen when speaking of females they found stirring?

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