a blog with cultural bulimia.

Sunday, August 15, 2004

the Modern Olympics

Experts answer what they know. The Non-Expert answers anything.
The Morning News take on the Olympic Games with overviews of some athletic events:
Track & Field
Jumping over some things, throwing others, and running around—that’s it. Track and field events epitomize the Olympian ethos, filled as they are with Greek prefixes and word forms—deca, tri, bi, hetero.

The events increase in difficulty in direct relation to the height of things jumped, the weight of things thrown, and the length of distances run. It’s so simple and classically Greek, it’s like the Lumberjack Challenge, except way, way longer, and no pancakes afterwards.