Five things that made the Olympics so wonderful.
A medal for coming second or third is a loser’s medal.
The ethos of the Olympics flies in the face of today’s cultural pessimism.
Five reasons to give the Rio Games a chance of glory.
Must-reads from the past week
Brexit was a far more positive thing than the 2012 Olympic ceremony.
It’s much easier to lecture Putin over drugs in sport than bombs in Syria.
In London 2012, elite cynicism was wrestled and defeated by a mass, democratic thirst for spectacle.
Everybody now agrees that the London 2012 Games showed Britain can ‘do big things’. So why did nobody believe that two months ago?
The hostility shown towards some soldiers during the Games is a product of the elite’s disavowal of military values.