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The alternate universe of the Olympics

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Random thoughts from the Main Press Center, where there are 7,000 televisions, each showing a different Olympic event. I swear that one is showing pinochle:

* Michael Johnson says this Olympics has been a disaster for US sprinters. US sprinters have won 15 medals – twice as many as Jamaica. Somehow, both of these sentences are true.

* If the world were made up entirely of Taiwanese people, Su Li-wen would be an Olympic legend today. In a bronze-medal taekwondo match, she fought basically on one leg.

It was like watching the last scene from “Karate Kid” in the Olympics – except she didn’t do that crazy crane thing… and there was no towheaded twerp screaming, “Sweep the legs, Jonny!” to the Croatian girl she was fighting… and she didn’t win.

OK, it was nothing like the “Karate Kid.” But it was still pretty cool. She almost won, and I would not have been surprised to see Mr. Miyagi walk out during the break between periods and do his bizarre clap-the-hands friction massage.

* US women soccer team plays Brazil in World Cup semifinals. Goalkeeper Hope Solo is inexplicably left out of the starting lineup. US loses, 4-0. US plays Brazil in Olympic gold medal match. Hope Solo plays. US wins, 1-0. Hmmm.

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