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The Descent From Mount Olympus
PHIL TAYLOR
August 20, 2012
Hey, I'm back from the Olympics. London was brilliant, as the Brits like to say. I saw Prince Harry at beach volleyball, Paul McCartney at the velodrome, and William and Kate just about everywhere. I discovered that sprinter Usain Bolt is so fast that if you photograph him with a cheap camera when he's running in the green and yellow of Jamaica, you'll wind up with a blurry picture that looks like guacamole. I also found that if 20-year-old Chinese gymnast Deng Linlin, listed as 4'9" and 79 pounds, were any tinier, her coaches could bring her to the arena in a backpack.
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August 20, 2012

The Descent From Mount Olympus

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I know the Olympics aren't pristine. I know they have problems with rampant commercialism and doping. But the nobility of the athletes can make some of the sports we follow more regularly seem frivolous and crass. Wouldn't it be great if more pro and college athletes played for something greater than money or personal glory? I'm grateful to the Games for cleansing my palate.

Now, bring on the chips and beer. Preseason football's on, and my fantasy draft is coming up.

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