Olympics: In the Aftermath, Grousing About the U.S.

Medal Count, Worries About Hockey and Some Little-Noted Achievements Reflections in Ice

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What happened, America? The question has been on the lips of downcast viewers upset as the nation hovered around seventh in the overall medal standings, near such world powers as the Netherlands and Italy. The U.S. Olympic Committee is so worried that even before the Games were done, it appointed a blue-ribbon commission to look into the matter. The chairman? None other than Mr. Yankee himself, George Steinbrenner, well-known master of the art of eliciting top performances from athletes. Steinbrenner promptly swore to "tell it like it is."

Just how it really is may not satisfy the...

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