The Election-Year Decathlon
Politics,games have too much in common to be separated
Planetary props to the City of London for a monumentally memorable 30th Olympiad. It was obvious from the opening ceremonies that these would be games nobody would soon forget. From the queen jumping out of a helicopter to Charles Dickens wearing a top hat at Stonehenge contracting black-lung disease during the Industrial Revolution or whatever was going on there. Beautiful, is what it was. And odd.
Then for two weeks, the world’s greatest athletes captivated global attention by setting records and shedding tears and pulling hamstrings in familiar events and sports we didn’t even know existed. Men’s rhythmic marathon gymnastic BMX diving?
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