The Old Great Gatsby, Post-Olympics Blues

How did it feel to win 122 gold, 78 silver, 93 bronze? How did it feel? Well, wearing all the medals at once was a bit hard on the neck, but otherwise it was awesome. I mean awesome! I was totally psyched! I figured to win the 200-m freestyle and the single scull. But who would have thought I'd also take the decathlon, the triathlon and the mathlon, not to mention the pommel horse, the high horse, the gift horse and the pole vault with horse? By the time I got to the 50,000-m, trans-Sydney long jump, I was wiped. The...

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