After the athletes march and the flame is lit, after the ceremony is over and the doves fly free... what then?
In the end, the Olympic Games of Athens - any Olympics, for that matter - must be remembered for their moments and their feats.
So here are 10 possible reasons to stay home from the beach and the golf course in August to see what happens.
Choose from the list to begin:
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COMMENTARY AND PERSPECTIVE
CHRISTINE BRENNAN | USA TODAY
BOB KRAVITZ | The Indianapolis Star
DAN BICKLEY | The Arizona Republic
IAN O'CONNOR | The (Westchester, N.Y.) Journal News
MIKE LOPRESTI | Gannett News Service
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