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February 4, 2014 2:29 PM

Judging an Olympic triumph

Every Olympiad is a venture, a mammoth undertaking, what Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky mused about poetry – “ezda v neznaemoe,” a ride into the unknown. It is thus largely because four dangers haunt every modern Olympic Games: unfavorable weather; shoddy construction in the mad rush to finish; public protests by groups seeking to spotlight their causes; and, since the early 1970s, terrorism.

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