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Did Sydney's wacky fans and mocking announcers change the Olympics forever?

This week the leafy avenues of Sydney will be filled with the sound of an enormous exhalation as her citizens let out their stomachs, put away the good china and shove their feet back up on the table. The foreigners are leaving, and Sydneysiders can resume normal behavior.

But the Games will never be the same. Sydney has changed things, perhaps forever. Gone is the notion that the Games are supposed to be a serious affair. To the motto "Swifter, Higher, Stronger," Sydney has added "Not Quite So Solemn."

From the homage to corrugated iron in the opening ceremony...

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