Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy of effort, the educational value of good example, social responsibility and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.
(‘Fundamental Principles of Olympism’, IOC, Olympic Charter, Sept. 9, 2013)
THERE IS SOMETHING VERY STRANGE about coming in from shoveling real snow outside my home to watch the world’s best winter athletes slip and slide on manufactured snow in Sochi, Russia, home of the 2014 Olympic Games. But snow is hardly the only part of the $51-billion Olympic spectacle that seems synthetic.