Olympics Special Section: Fantastic Flight of Fancy

Everywhere in Seoul, a celebration of the greatest athletic gathering in history

At a remarkable ceremony without a distinct beginning or end, the grandest assembly of athletes in the history of the world settled last week into Seoul. The Olympic stadium, 100,000 full, really was just the centerpiece in a swirl of fantastic activity that started on the Han River with wind surfers and skiers and brought blossoms of colorful parachutists bursting from the sky.

While hundreds of small drums tapped footsteps and heartbeats, and the giant Dragon Drum (arriving by riverboat) beat cannon shots and thunderclaps, the children of South Korea danced a delightful welcome for nearly 10,000 sportsmen from 160 countries...

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