Sunday, August 10, 2008

Jason Lezak: Gold for the Unsung Hero

To believe that Americans love celebrities for their rough individualism is a myth: Americans love the underdog and the unsung hero.

Years from now Jason Lezak will be remembered as the unsung hero of the Beijing Olympics. Like Philoctetes--the Greek hero who killed Paris-- Lezak destroyed the French celebrity and record holder Alain Bernard. Given that Bernard had been taunting the American team by declaring to the press that they (the French team) would "smash" the Americans, Jason's victory tastes even sweeter.

Ian Fleming's Goldfinger said of gold: "I love its color, its brilliance, its divine heaviness."

Well, divine heaviness indeed, for Jason Lezak has joined the ranks of American Olympic Gods--the noble unsung heroes.

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