Going for the Gold

Forget for a moment about political grandstanding, lip-synching and other tricks at the Pyongyang-influenced mass games opening ceremony. Forget the amazing performance of Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. For a flavor of the Olympics, look at two statistics: Michael Phelps won eight gold medals in as many days. And, India, population 1 billion, won its first individual gold since it first competed in the Olympics in 1900.

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