1992 Winter Olympics: Coming In from the Cold

Now that the Games no longer stand as a contest between political systems, they symbolize more personal battles

Suddenly the confrontation's over. The two great rivals of the postwar era -- America and the Soviet Union -- are more or less friends. East and West Germany are one. Even North and South Korea have signed a treaty of reconciliation. Yes, much of the world remains as fractious as ever: the Khmer Rouge has followed Prince Sihanouk back to the haunted palaces of Cambodia, and Iraq occupies the place on the blacklist formerly reserved for its % archenemy Iran. But in a world where even South Africa is again part of the Olympic family, it may seem that the Olympic...

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