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Dream Teams

From: Carl Hammerschlag
Length: 03:29

Dr Hammerschlag's opinion on USA Olympic Basketball team

Default-piece-image-1 I admit I am a hopeless Olympic Games addict. I am hooked from beginning to end — I love the opening ceremonies and the parade of nations. I love the idea that small countries like Mauritius, Mauritania, and the Maldives (I’m not even sure where they are) can get a standing ovation just for showing up. I love the idea of the glory of sport as a vehicle for fellowship between nations. Ten thousand athletes, from 202 countries, marching together with pride — the global community doesn’t get too many chances to gather together in peace — it makes me feel hopeful.

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I admit I am a hopeless Olympic Games addict. I am hooked from beginning to end — I love the opening ceremonies and the parade of nations. I love the idea that small countries like Mauritius, Mauritania, and the Maldives (I’m not even sure where they are) can get a standing ovation just for showing up. I love the idea of the glory of sport as a vehicle for fellowship between nations. Ten thousand athletes, from 202 countries, marching together with pride — the global community doesn’t get too many chances to gather together in peace — it makes me feel hopeful.

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I admit I am a hopeless Olympic Games addict. I am hooked from beginning to end — I love the opening ceremonies and the parade of nations. I love the idea that small countries like Mauritius, Mauritania, and the Maldives (I’m not even sure where they are) can get a standing ovation just for showing up. I love the idea of the glory of sport as a vehicle for fellowship between nations. Ten thousand athletes, from 202 countries, marching together with pride — the global community doesn’t get too many chances to gather together in peace — it makes me feel hopeful.

The excesses do bother me a little. The endless hype and puffery — the national chauvinism that equates how many medals a country wins with a measure of its power, the theatrical attempt at creating soap operas — all leave me cold. But the thing that galled me most this year was the refusal by several American professional bas...
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