Breaking the Olympic Habit

The payoff scandal is bad, but the real shame of the Games is drug use

It was another tabloid week for the Olympic movement. At the track-and-field trials in Sacramento, Calif., sprinters Michael Johnson and Maurice Green moved their gums as fast as their legs, trading insults at a record pace. On the human-interest front, there was Marla Runyan, legally blind, qualifying for the team at 1,500 m, and Gabe Harmony Jennings, a happy eccentric from Forks of Salmon, Calif., announcing himself as a miler to be reckoned with. Finally there was Magnificent Marion Jones qualifying for what seemed to be every event.

There was lots of crime news in the big type too. Over in...

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