Dawn Wylie Hiscock, sister of Olympic figure skater Paul Wylie, is going to Albertville, France, for the Winter Games, courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service.
As part of a program called "Celebrate the Dream," the Postal Service is providing accommodation packages for up to two family members of U.S. athletes. Hiscock, a Baltimore resident, and her sister, Clare Patton of Littleton, Colo., will receive free lodging, meals and tickets to their brother's event.
"I wouldn't be able to do it otherwise," Hiscock said yesterday after a presentation of commemorative Olympic stamps at the post office on East Fayette Street.
This will be the second and final Olympics competition for Wylie, 27, a Harvard graduate who lives in the Boston area. But it is the first time Dawn will see him compete internationally.
Wylie's parents, Bob and B. L. Wylie, also will go to Albertville. Paul will compete in the men's singles event on Feb. 13 and 15.
All three Wylie children learned to skate while growing up in Dallas, Texas. Paul began skating when he was 3, Clare at 6 and Dawn at 8. Clare later skated with the Ice Capades for one year.
Wylie is the third of three U.S. entries in the men's singles. Christopher Bowman of Van Nuys, Calif., and Todd Eldredge of South Chatham, Mass., are the others.
Wylie has finished in the top five at the U.S. Championships for 10 years, but never has won. He placed second this year for the third time, finishing behind Bowman.
To help pay for the "Celebrate the Dream" program, the Postal Service is offering a set of six limited-edition sports art stamps. Five illustrate specific sporting events: ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating, slalom skiing, and bobsledding. They are priced at $5.95. A sixth, costing $9.95, contains examples of all the sports.
The six-collectible souvenir will be available for sale following the games. Individual stamps are available now. Orders can be placed by sending a check or money order to U.S. Postal Service Sports Art Collectible, P.O. Box 14328, St. Paul, MN 55114-0328.