From Intelligent Life, the latest “Big Question”: What is the best sport? (and more) A review of The Victor's Crown: A History of Ancient Sport from Homer to Byzantium by David Potter. Olympics, 388 B.C.: Political rivalries flared and money flowed, but it was more like a rock festival than what we'll see in London. From TLS, a review essay on Olympic sports. Louis Menand on what we watch when we watch the Olympics. Even as it hopes to clarify the difference between male and female athletes, a new rule from the IOC inadvertently stirs the waters. A new study finds that women prefer the Olympics to regular season sports primarily because the events are short and fast-paced. Poets are staging events around the 2012 Olympics, but they once competed in the Games. Tanni Grey-Thompson, the 11 times gold medal-winning Paralympian athlete, now a peer in Britain’s House of Lords, on the spirit and legacy of the Olympics. The strange thing about Bruce Jenner: He was the greatest athlete of his time, but you know him as Kim Khloe, Kourtney, Kendall, and Kylie's dad — or the first great athlete to marry a Kardashian.

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