But it's not just athleticism and patriotism that has me watching the events in the Cube. The other source of my newfound Olympic enthusiasm is the sum of broad shoulders, muscular backs, ripped waists and cute butts in Speedos.
And no, I do not have any shame.
And a few shots that don't do justice to the amazed shock and joy that come to young athletes after thigh-burning, back-breaking, finger-pruning training lasting years. Actually, lasting a lifetime. There's no better eye candy than a genuinely special moment for deserving people, captured on film at the height of emotion.