BOSTON — Images of greatness endure. Transcending sport, politics, or culture, they form an indelible imprint that cannot be washed away by time or distance.
For two weeks, the rough-hewn mountains around Nagano have been a canvas for the world's imagination. On their snowy slopes and in the towns nestled between them, some of the most gifted athletes on earth have inspired, disappointed, and overcome.
The XVIII Olympic Winter Games have finished, but certain memories will remain: the Dutch speed skaters and the pop of their clap skates, mogul mogul Jonny Moseley and his 360-degree aerial, Norwegian cross-country skier Bjorn Dahlie's four-medal performance (three golds), and the Czech Republic's improbable gold in men's hockey. Years from now, each will still have its place in the Olympic canon, unique and unforgettable.