Taking Off!

, When divers leap for Olympic perfection off the open-air platform in Barcelona, their performances will be rivaled by the view -- by cable cars moving past Columbus on his column pointing to the New World; by the crown of thorns of the 13th century cathedral La Seu; by the unfinished confection of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, its eight towers reaching to the sky even as the divers speed downward, trying not to make a splash.

Inevitably, though, the athletes will make a splash -- as they have since the ancient Games. The antique spectacle was especially ferocious, even if the prize...

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