Between periods of a China-Finland women's hockey game, a chivalrous man moved quickly to open the gate in the boards as the players skated off the ice. It was Gretzky, who had been watching from a nearby seat and was now hastening to hold the door for a fellow hockey player. As she passed, it happened again: The Great One bowed to the Great Wall of China.
It was enough to make you sob out in public without hesitation, or at least leave you so shivered you can't stand by yourself. These Olympics left you happy to be human and, banzai, hoping to live a thousand years. All the Japanese who tried out their English on visitors ought to know that their English was impeccable. In fact, it was poetry. Goodbye Nagano Thank You Impressive.