Russian & American Flags

The Olympics are a whole different world. As the years have gone on, they have become a television show; a billion people around the world watch for three weeks as many of the world’s greatest athletes compete in impossibly diverse sports, from the familiar running and swimming races, to exotic fencing duels, to perhaps foreign games like team handball or water polo. On television, this makes sense because we are used to bouncing from one thing to the next on television. Now you’re watching gymnasts do impossible tumbles. Then you’re watching boxers hammer away at each other. Then it is a rowing competition. Television creates the order.

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