The Olympics are a good draw this August, providing lots of positive, uplifting moments to counterbalance so many negative stories in the news these days.

American swimmer Michael Phelps remains the big story. He set another world record today in the 200 metres freestyle event and won his third gold medal, on track to equal or beat Mark Spitz's seven gold medals at the Munich Olympics. Sunday's come-from-behind victory in the men's 4 x 100 metre relay by the U.S. team was one of the most exciting swimming races we've seen in a long time.

While the winners get a lot of attention, it's the competition itself that puts a smile on my face. In the words of the founder of the modern Games, Pierre de Coubertin, "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part, the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well."

Today marks the first anniversary of this blog. It's been interesting and fun so far.

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