The exceedingly fine photo of Michael Phelps had me thinking (yes, you naughty minded beast, thinking!) about the Olympic stories. You know the ones I mean. The athlete against impossible odds; the hometown hero; the come-from-behind kid; etc. America loves an underdog. It’s obvious from so many of our stories, even the ones we tell ourselves about ourselves.
But I’m curious about the other countries. How do they tell their Olympic stories? Anybody out there from another culture who can share? What tropes and canons and cliches do your newscasters use to provide context and human interest for these great games?
And on a different note, are any of your athletes as fine as Phelps? Post a link here. I swear I’m not usually a sucker for man-meat. But add talent and ambition and heart to the ripplings abs… Oh yeah, I’m there.
P.S. Is that a little Olympic tattoo on his hipbone? Swoon! I predict a measurable uptick in merman stories.