Sunday 24 September 2017

The vast illusion of the five-ring circus in Rio

Rafaela Silva of Brazil celebrates after defeating Sumiya Dorjsuren of Mongolia in the Women's -57 kg Final - Gold Medal Contest on Day 3 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 2 on August 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Rafaela Silva of Brazil celebrates after defeating Sumiya Dorjsuren of Mongolia in the Women's -57 kg Final - Gold Medal Contest on Day 3 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 2 on August 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

Clare Balding likes a story.

If she can tell you a story, any story at all, she will. Because you clearly don't have the small amount of imagination required to engage with an event in which these insanely-driven people are trying to do something better than it's ever been done before in human history, or just trying to do it better than everyone else on the day, so you need it juiced up with something else.

You need a story.

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