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The olympics is politics and the ability of the host country to market itself. Maybe Hitler was trying to religiousize his state in 1936, but that is not the case in our day. The fans that watch the olympics are not interested in the opening ceremonies - like governments, the best ones are the ones that don't exist at all. Anyone who spends time watching the opening ceremonies might as well be reading one of those advertising supplements that appear in certain sections of the daily newspaper placed by third world nations. The real religious aspect of the olympics - and of any sporting event on any level - is the striving (and sometime succeeding) of people to go past their limitations.