[COLUMN] The Olympics make a grown man cry

Simone Biles on the balance beam at the Rio 2016 Olympics on Tuesday. /Credit Chang W. Lee/The New York Times
Simone Biles on the balance beam at the Rio 2016 Olympics on Tuesday. /Credit Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

By Frank Bruni | The New York Times

Somewhere between the Zika stories, the doping stories and the stories about what a fetid, toxic swamp Rio really is, I got the message: I was supposed to feel cynical about these Olympics, the way we feel cynical about pretty much everything these days.

I was supposed to marvel at our talent for making messes, cutting corners, evading responsibility, procrastinating. Rio was a testament to that, both as the host of the Games and as a sublime, wretched theater of humanity. All the promises we fail to keep, all the plans that go awry: They were and would be on vivid display. I was supposed to shake my head in disgust. Sigh in frustration.

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