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we drove in on the main drag. this broadway has no neon lights. it's lighted intersection, the only one in the whole county, 3800 square miles, yet the richest guy objen the planet ca here to colonize the cosmos. >> the my town makes it unbelievable. >> becky knows all about blue origin's impact. she ought to she's van horn mayor. >> i don't think we had anything this big, it definitely fell on our lap. >> more like walked into larry simpson's office i2005. he own the weekly paper, circulation door. >> jeff bezos in the flesh with a story idea. bezos quietly had been buying out local ranchers, by one estimate assemblingly roughly
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300,000 acres in all. >> he started to fill me in why he was buying ranch land, he wanted it for his kids, and he wanted it also to build space wars. >> he carried the lead. >> yeah, yeah. >> we were thinking really? van horn, texas >> i immediately said, this could put van horn on the map. >> that front page news stunned van horn and beyond. >> for one day van horn advocate had the biggest headline in the space world. >> yes, sir. >> lisa remembers thinking, come on? >> i think anybody's first reaction would be, okay, we'll see how far that goes. ha ha. >> not becky brewster. >> what went through your mind? >> oh, how cool. exactly. i mean, i watched star trek and "star wars" so this was just cool. >> over time bezos became the
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face of space in van horn. 25 miles north of the city, blue origin build a space port. 275 company employees work here. rockets, launched. >> hello, huh for calling -- >> van horn has a star date with history. >> we are completely booked. >> the hotel's 50 rooms sold out months ago for the launch. >> star vana hometown girl, great name, is the general manager. >> we're nervous. i'm nervous. you don't know who's coming, just random people flooding in here, i don't know what we're going to do with them. but i'm super excited about what will happen. but it's a little scary. >> what do you hope the town gets out of this? >> well, i hope that people now recognize who we are on the map and know we are so much more than just a tumble weed town. >> the sheriff oscar carillo and
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his entire force ten deputies hope to have a plan for crowd control. he warned most spectators won't see much. texas highway 54 which runs to the space port will close for 12 miles. as van horn readies to reach for the stars. >> he hadn't rented an rv spot then you won't find one. big expectation to see jeff bezos walking down the highway, not going to see it, closest we got is the mural across the street. take a lot of pictures. >> that's report from van horn, texas. "cbs overnight news" back in two minutes. did you know diarrhea is often caused by bad bacteria in food? try pepto® diarrhea. its concentrated formula coats and kills bacteria to relieve diarrhea.
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spectators be banned from most sites and athletes be confined to the olympic village. some of the competitors go down in history and will be remembered at the u.s. olympic and paralympic museum in colorado springs. >> the museum focuses on the core values respect, inspiration, equality, and courage, and shows beengineering every olympian -- beneath every olympian's excellence there's also a story of resilientcy and perseverance. >> it's a great dress and served me very well. >> that's an under statement. >> at 19 years old american figure skater peggy flemming gracefully glided towards goal wearing a chautruse dress made by her color it would endear me to the french
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people and they would applaud more. >> flemming's iconic dress is among the memorabilia on display at the u.s. olympic and paralympic museum in colorado springs. >> it's a wonderful place to kind of let your dreams just explode. of could i really do this, but all you have to do is try and you sometimes surprise yourself. >> the museum also features interactive exhibits. like a virtual race against four-time gold medallist jessie owen. on the day we visited we ran into retired hockey player jim craig. >> do you believe in miracles! yes! >> the goalie for the 1980 gold medal winningsa bt for theirpr or soviets. miracle on ice. >> this is a really special place for anybody. someone's going to leave here
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with an ambition they didn't have before they came in here. >> absolutely. >> it's a history museum, cultural museum, an art museum, a museum that talks about social progress. >> michelle is the vice president at the museum, she helps to create schints to hon -- exhibits to honor the athletes and highlight stories, including her own. she took home silver in the games in 1984 as a member of the u.s. gymnastics team. the stories of both olympic and paralympic athletes exist here at the museum side-by-side. >> this isn't, here's a wing of the paralympic games. this is equal and on par. >> we're one team. our adjectiving athletes are our athletes are the fabric of our nation and want everyone to see our team represents this nation. >> this is personal for you daughter who plays time, how?
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wheelchair basketball and so she now is seeing athlete that'ser experience in this museum and being inspired by that as well. >> we hope that the story through sport that are told here are really a platform for telling a bigger, more global story of pursuing your passion, working hard, overcoming obstacles. >> a 17-year-old miss from colorado springs, peggy flemming. >> peggy flemming faced a major obstacle after winning first world championship in davos, switzerland in 1966, two weeks later her father suffered a t really shook my world and my mom had to raise four girls by herself and then my expensive sport, it was just amazing what we went through and how my mother was so strong. when you lose a parent you lose that strength. >> a piece of you. >> and every time i go back to
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try to train, i go, i'm not as strong as i was before he died. then over the months and years it all came back. >> helping catapult flemming to the top the skating world, her story, one we all can learn from. >> when somebody comes in here and reads about you, reads your story, what do you hope they walk away with? >> i hope they can put themselves in my shoes, put themselves in that story. you just never know until you try a sport or try something to see where you stand. it's not for just a special few, it's for everybody to try. >> and then let the fire fuel you. >> oh, absolutely, absolutely. >> and thank you for that report. a team of high wire athletes set a record in an event you won't see at the olympics. >> reporter: some 2,000 feet above a icy, windy, rock-strewn swedish valley between two
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mountains tops more than a mile apart on a wobbly slack line two inches she advanced step by excruciating step. almost. almost. and he makes it. the first of four on his team to set the new world distance record of 1.3 miles. the effort etched on his face. >> so when i go on this line i screamed loudly. don't really know why, maybe a mix of emotions. >> emotions including maybe relief of not getting killed. in fact slack liners pride themselves on the safety measures. the preparation for this feat were painstaking. looks like dare definitely illry devilry but it takes a calm, almost meditative approach. >> i focused on being very slow.
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being extremely clean and just reaching the end. >> reporter: all pulling together, one reason everyone on that
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italy famous shows up on everything from race car steering wheels -- >> american race cars are pride for engineering, handling and speed but can't turn a lap without the craftsmanship from right here in italy plus the attention to detail that even caught the eye of two popes. what do 200 miles an hour race cars have in common with 2,000-year-old catholic church? well it's all in the stitching.
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stitching of hand made steering wheels and stitching of pope's hats. johnny manages mpi, the company that makes the spokes steering wheels here outside verona, italy >> this is all hand-made? >> first the basis for aluminum uncovered in custom leather. this to mark a race on the fourth of july. >> this may seem like a small part of the car, but when you consider this is where the driver's skill comes in direct contact with the machine, every tiny detail packs a huge punch on the track. >> and a huge punch in the catholic church. you see, each steering wheel is embroideby husband and wife r a nasc all the way tohe van.ou mis f ep b john paul sed
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b benedict the 16th dozens of cardinals wore they're papal hats and no matter the client holy ororedown-to-eart armando and rosanna always pay excessive attention to detail. you have to be crazy to do this work, he says, we don't do it for the money, we do it just to see if it's possible. >> when you see your work speeding across racetracks on tv's across the world that must be really satisfying. >> that's true, says armando, i may be an old man but i'm in love with my work as if i were a little boy. now these artis ans others in the area make so many race car steering wheels more than anywhere else in the world that this picaresque back drop is known locally as steering wheel valley. chris lie
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livesay, italy. >> that's going to do it for some the news continues others check back in the it's wednesday, july 21st, 2021. this is the "cbs morning news." delta's rapid spread. alarming numbers about the most contagious strain of the coronavirus and how one mother got people vaccinated at her own son's funeral. blue origin blastoff. jeff bezos soars above the earth in his own rocket. what he's already saying about future space trips for the public. nba champions. the milwaukee bucks end a 50-year title drought and also achieve a rare feat only done four times before in league four times before in league history. captioning funded by cbs well, good morning. good to be with you.

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