It was a lot easier back in 1908, when Britain ruled both the seas and the tug of war competition. The first Olympics in London was a smashing success, indeed, with no gridlock and a home team that not only swept the tug of war but beat the upstarts from America in most other sports.
That parts of the competition were carefully crafted to give the Brits an advantage is mostly lost to history. The tug of war is also gone, long ago relegated to the graveyard of Olympic sports.
Gridlock is not, much to the frustration of Londoners, who complain as much about Olympic traffic jams as they do about the rain that returned right on schedule Friday just before the opening ceremony.
Seven years in the making and billions of dollars over budget, the Olympics aren't for everyone in this venerable city. Tickets are so prohibitively expensive that organizers had to scramble to put people in unsold seats at the opening ceremony, and the wide tentacles of the games have disrupted everyday life, ...