A Big Splash In Sydney

The Games have begun, bubbling to life with a spectacular showing by the home team and home city

That great 19th century sportswriter Anthony Trollope observed after his visit to Sydney Harbor, "It makes a man ask himself whether it would be worthwhile to move...to the eastern coast of Australia in order that he might look at it as long as he can look at anything." Got that right, Tony. And on this splendid natural stage the Olympic Games' newest sport, triathlon, debuted on Saturday morning, a splashy beginning to a day of competition that had Australia ecstatic by nightfall. In the evening, swimmer Ian Thorpe, a mere legend at 17 going into the Games, officially became immortal. His...

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