Rio Olympics’ epitaph: It wasn’t as bad as we expected

August 19, 2016 - Picnic Time

Nothing fades utterly like an Olympic moment. There it is. Now it’s gone. Four years after there’s another one.

The tears and a cheers, a anthems and a flags, a players and a pouters, a winners and a losers come together on a common clump of quadrennial flypaper, stranded perpetually together while a universe goes behind to personification those cruise games that seemed so essential for a while.

Mistrust and disregard resume their informed places in a world, not a bit reduced by a amplified sound and a bright excellence of jumping aloft or using faster or lifting more.

Not that these Games did many to change opinions shaped and resolutely held, that a Olympics are always absurdly artificial and that Rio de Janeiro met a requirement to infer how much.

If these Olympics were ostensible to lift Brazil from a center of a third universe to a bottom of a second, well, during slightest they now have a glossy new velodrome and Paraguay does not.

To contend that Rio some-more or reduction pulled it off is not to regard these Olympics though to concur that things were not as bad as expected. It’s a small like withdrawal a dentist relieved to have it over though in no precipitate to get back.

Still, small mistreat was finished and maybe some good. To those of us looking on, it seemed many folks had a good time, and contend this for Rio: The cinema were marvelous.

The whole thing smacked of one good print op. Most Olympics do, though from this stretch it was easy to suppose a Games holding place in front of a postcard.

There was no clarity of a genuine Rio until that rascally Ryan Lochte and his friends punked a whole country. Suddenly a frat-boy goofus got farfetched into an ubiquitous burp, and a easygoing Brazilians suggested only how skinny their skin unequivocally is.

The spokes-cop pronounced Lochte owes Brazil an apology. Apologies are as fraudulent as a Olympic brand. And where to start? Should Brazil apologize for chanting “Zika” during American athletes or booing foreigners in ubiquitous or permitting a diving pool to spin into a septic tank? As it was, Brazil seemed to be apologizing for something new each day.

Let’s only all contend contemptible and forget any of this ever happened.

Bernie Lincicome is a special writer to a Chicago Tribune.


Geneva triathlete Ben Kanute's showing, support during a Olympics

Caption Geneva triathlete Ben Kanute’s showing, support during a Olympics

Teddy Greenstein on Geneva triathlete Ben Kanute’s display during a Olympics.

Teddy Greenstein on Geneva triathlete Ben Kanute’s display during a Olympics.

Inside a pin trade stage during a Rio Olympics

Caption Inside a pin trade stage during a Rio Olympics

Olympics pin gourmet Carol Lord, from Vancouver, British Columbia, discusses a many sparkling pins present in Rio de Janeiro. (Stacy St. Clair/Chicago Tribune)

Olympics pin gourmet Carol Lord, from Vancouver, British Columbia, discusses a many sparkling pins present in Rio de Janeiro. (Stacy St. Clair/Chicago Tribune)

Helen Maroulis on winning first-ever U.S. bullion in women's wrestling

Caption Helen Maroulis on winning first-ever U.S. bullion in women’s wrestling

Helen Maroulis reacts to apropos a initial American to ever win an Olympic bullion award in women’s wrestling on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (Tim Bannon/Chicago Tribune)

Helen Maroulis reacts to apropos a initial American to ever win an Olympic bullion award in women’s wrestling on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (Tim Bannon/Chicago Tribune)

Helen Maroulis on plea of reduce weight division: 'Hardest thing ever'

Caption Helen Maroulis on plea of reduce weight division: ‘Hardest thing ever’

Gold award wrestler Helen Maroulis on diet, plea of reduce weight division: “Hardest thing ever.” (Tim Bannon/Chicago Tribune)

Gold award wrestler Helen Maroulis on diet, plea of reduce weight division: “Hardest thing ever.” (Tim Bannon/Chicago Tribune)

How widespread is U.S. basketball?

Caption How widespread is U.S. basketball?

The U.S. men’s and women’s basketball teams have dominated Olympic play. An research from a 1992 Dream Team to Rio.

The U.S. men’s and women’s basketball teams have dominated Olympic play. An research from a 1992 Dream Team to Rio.

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