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The Winter Olympics Are the Best Olympics

The Winter Olympics are the Hydrox cookies of quadrennial international sporting events: the less glamorous, less popular, and more challenging-to-access version of a popular product. The sports are bizarre yet oddly similar. There are three different styles of skiing (four if you count snowboarding, which I do, not to mention skiing with guns), multiple variations on slip-and-slide, disciplines that reward participants for showing off more brazenly than their rivals, and one that involves rocks, skips, and strange Scandinavian pants.

What’s more, the helmeted and salopetted athletes are largely anonymous. Unless you are Canadian, or have no way of fast-forwarding through NBC’s commercials,…

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