Sport: Heavy Harps and Pan Am Heroes

The western hemisphere rehearses for the next Olympics

Counting the woeful Colts, Indianapolis seems to have grabbed up most of the amateur athletics in the country and, for the past two weeks, has gone international as the tenth host of the quadrennial Pan American Games. Sort of a hemispheric Olympics, though with moderate attendance and meager television ratings, the Pan Am Games provide a warm-up for both pole vaulters and political commentators, as well as an opportunity to avoid the crowds and defect early. So far, ten Dominicans have absconded to New York City.

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