Olympic Champions

I’ve witnessed a few instances of the true spirit of the Olympics the past fortnight.  But none tugged at my somewhat-atrophied heartstrings more than the finals of the men’s high jump.  The two contenders for gold were Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy and Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar.  It came down to one jump – which both men missed.  The judges were poised to stage a jump-off when Barshim asked, “Can we just have two golds?”  While the judges conferred, Barshim and Tamberi shook hands and the crowd went nuts.  It was a beautiful moment.

By the way, a statue of a giant sumo wrestler had to be removed from a jump in the equestrian arena because it was spooking the horses.  Yet another thing I have in common with a horse.

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