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Olympic spirit
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The 2012 Olympic games begin today in London, and while there’s always a touch of politics involved, the event still is inspirational as an example of international goodwill among all those who participate. The opening ceremonies have become an extravaganza over the years, but the best part is still the entrance into the stadium of the athletes from around the world, all there to compete against each other in the best tradition of sportsmanship. For the first time ever, there will be more females than males in the U.S. contingent, reflecting a changing world and the effects of Title IX, the groundbreaking legislation of 1972 which created new opportunities in sports for women.