THE GAMES TRIUMPHANT

FINALLY THE PURE GLORY OF SPORT ECLIPSES ATLANTA'S AFFLICTIONS

Our life, said Pythagoras, "is like the great and crowded assembly at the Olympic Games," which is a roundabout, Olympian way of saying the Games are as full of terror and chaos as the lives they temporarily eclipse. On a less exalted level, in Atlanta's official fairy tale of the Games, the first of the five Olympian qualities that a hero must master (in the realm where the Olympian flame always burns bright) is perseverance.

The Olympics this year were a study in perseverance, from the thousands who breathed new life into a haunted party to the athletes who stayed focused...

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