Olympics 2012: The Year of the Super-Athlete

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From Michael Phelps's record-breaking medal haul to the U.S.'s conquering of the basketball tournament, these Olympics have featured lavish feats of dominance.

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Every week, our panel of sports fans discusses a topic of the moment. For today's conversation,Hampton Stevens (writer, ESPN and The Atlantic), Jake Simpson (writer, The Atlantic), andPatrick Hruby (writer, ESPN and The Atlantic) discuss the best moments of this year's Olympics.


So, guys,

It's time to reflect. Sunday night, the London Olympics will end—no doubt with the Spice Girls dressed as the Sex Pistols reciting Shakespeare sonnets to a hologram of Winston Churchill. Then, sadly, we will have to wait four more years to have a summer filed with so much fun. By which I mean all the fun America had savaging NBC's Olympic coverage.

Yeesh. Lighten up, people. Yes, it's NBC. They mucked it up. Duh. But it isn't like their hosts are kicking puppies on the air. Calm yourselves. If the completely unremarkable fact that Bob Costas is often ponderous sends you spinning into fits of apocalyptic Tweet-rage, the solution isn't to find a pirated online stream of the BBC's Olympic broadcast. The solution is to chill out.

Just don't chill by smoking a joint.

Which brings us to the biggest winner of London 2012: WADA. The World Anti-Doping Agency wins, hands down. Charged with keeping the games free from performance-enhancing drug use, WADA's efforts in London have been brilliant.

Thus far, five athletes have been caught and disqualified for a banned substance. A Moroccan runner, Russian cyclist, Uzbek gymnast, and Albanian weightlifter were all sent home because they tested positive for substances designed to make their bodies stronger.

The fifth athlete sent home was American judo athlete Nick Delpopolo. He failed a drug test taken after a July 30 match. Monday, he became fifth Olympic athlete expelled for doping.

And he was actually using dope. That is, pot. Ganja. Delpopolo was kicked out of the Olympics because he tested positive for marijuana.

Thank goodness!

American wrestler Stephany Lee, who missed the Olympics entirely because she tested positive for cannabis, spoke out when she heard what happened to Delpopolo. She claimed that calling marijuana a performance-enhancer and putting pot in the same category as steroids or HGH is completely absurd.

Nice try, young lady. The most decorated athlete in Olympic history was photographed pulling huge bong hits. The world's fastest man said he smoked weed while growing up. Because it was Jamaica. Obviously the stuff is enhancing something.

–Hampton

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