Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

The Out-of-Sight Olympics Here's the Action from Strange and Wonderful Events You Might Have Missed on TV

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

The Out-of-Sight Olympics Here's the Action from Strange and Wonderful Events You Might Have Missed on TV

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WHILE NBC was going ga-ga over the gymnasts, while Michael Johnson was throwing his golden shoes into the crowd, while we were listening to "The Star-Spangled Banner" and watching medalists' eyes moisten for the 35th time, we were missing:

Team handball, judo, field hockey and synchronized diving. And kayaking got short shrift.

What the Olympics needed was an ESPN2. But organizers sold the whole thing to NBC for $465 million. When you pay that kind of money, you get to show it your way, even if your way is sometimes silly, sappy and overwrought.

But the Olympics are bigger than that, and way too large for any media organization to cover adequately. So herewith we offer the games you might have missed (and perhaps got tickets to if you were in Atlanta).

Let's start with our lead picture, synchronized diving, where the Germans seem to have a leg up. It's a demonstration sport, meaning it doesn't count in the medal standings.

Judo, on the other hand, has been an Olympic sport since 1964. …

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