And for once, that’s meant figuratively, not literally. I’m sending you to NBC’s master page for Olympics video; all four clips in the top row are worth watching but the most spectacular stuff is in the “Sights and Sounds” and “Li Ning soars” segments. You’ll need to install the Silverlight plug-in to see it in high rez, but it’s worth it. If you’re looking for the U.S. team in the parade of nations, they appear right at 1:20:00 — to a surprisingly warm ovation, if not quite as warm as the one for Iraq at 1:07:20.

It’s amazing what totalitarians flush with cash can accomplish when they put their minds to it. The Sun’s headline says it all. Click the image to watch.