In the television era, the second week of the Olympics is reserved for what is considered the marquee event: track and field.
So, the shared premier showcases of the first week are swimming and women's gymnastics. While swimming was always a spotlight sport, I was, if you will, sort of present at the creation when gymnastics became the new star lead-off hitter.
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