But let's not get too serious. Not after these Olympics where Usain Bolt had us in stitches with his exuberant antics and declaration, "I am now a living legend. Bask in my glory" — surely the gold-medal quote of the games.
Not after the Incredible Hulk — a.k.a German discus thrower Robert Harting — gave us a hilarious victory celebration, ripping open his shirt and jumping the hurdles.
And not after the cheery honesty of British rider Scott Brash who, asked about his gold medal in equestrian team jumping, replied: "I really hope it improves my pulling power with women."
It was all good and, we hope, clean fun.
The Olympics as they should be.
Us, at our best.
John Leicester is an international sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jleicester(at)ap.org or follow him at http://twitter.com/johnleicester
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