One World One Dream indeed

A Polish-American serving up Italian gelato represents Mexico in China

It’s only been open for three months, but the owner of Heavenly Gelato & Ice Cream Café (2662 N. Sawyer Avenue) is already taking some time off from the start-up of his new business…

…to participate in the Olympics!

That’s right. There’s another Milwaukee Avenue connection to these Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. On Thursday, August 21, Larry Langowski Mendoza will be the sole man to
represent Mexico in freestyle wrestling. (For the background on how this came to be, see CBS 2’s video “Olympic Wrestler Has Fan Base in Two Countries;” search for “wrestler.”)

Larry was born in Chicago, graduated from Gordon Tech High School and Northwestern University, and recently opened up Heavenly Gelato & Ice Cream Café in Logan Square.

Various family members are showing their support for Larry’s Olympic dream by keeping Heavenly open in his absence, so you too can show your support. Stop in at Heavenly (photo, left) in the next couple of days for gelato or ice cream (vegan options too). Let the folks there know you’ll be rooting for Larry; drop off a note of encouragement. Cheer from home as Larry competes to qualify in the 120kg/heavyweight class (as best as I can tell, qualifying matches will be televised Thursday on MSNBC’s morning programming, 8:30-11:00 a.m. CDT), and depending on his success, you might be able to continue to share the excitement at the gold medal matches later that day (again, as best as I can tell, they’ll be televised Thursday on CNBC’s evening programming, 4:00-7:00 p.m.).

Update: Larry Langowski Mendoza was eliminated in his first qualifying match with a loss to Iranian Fardin Masoumi.

On the other Milwaukee Avenue Olympic connection (see Olympic rings), results of the men’s 10,000 meter track and field race are in, and the Africans dominated the race. Ethiopians Kenenisa Bekele and Seleshi Sihine took gold and silver, and Kenyan Micah Kipkemboi took bronze. Jorge Torres, son/brother of the Torres family that owns Omar Jewelry on Milwaukee Avenue, finished about a minute, 13 seconds and a lap behind the top runners.

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