1. The Olympics is not really about the opening and closing ceremonies, except when the Queen jumps out of a helicopter.
2. People who get paid to participate in sports may play better than people who do not, but they are not nearly as much fun to watch.
3. If you want the potential to win a lot of medals, be a swimmer. If you want the potential to participate in a lot of Olympics, be an equestrian.
4. Apparently, you can raise a lot of money to build an amazingly odd tower next to a stadium if it is for the Olympics.
5. I can become fascinated with a sport I have never heard of, like, for example, women’s handball.
6. Even a sport like women’s race walking can have a stunning and inspiring climax.
7. Women’s field hockey is the only sport I know of in which participants wear both mouth guards and skirts. At the same time.
8. It might not be a good strategy to announce your choice of a running mate during the Olympics.
9. The definition of the word “sport” is wonderfully flexible in the Olympics. Make your own choice; I am skeptical about any sport with the word “rhythmic” in its name.
10. A British man can win a tennis tournament at Wimbledon during the Olympics.
11. For the first time, there was at least one female athlete on every team participating in the 2012 Olympics.
12. Once you get past all the medal counting, all the advertising, and all the tear-inducing media, the Olympics is filled with inspiring stories about people overcoming incredible odds.
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