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Pan Am Games over-spending billions, but it's okay 'cause it's public money

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Seven severe flops served up by the Sochi Olympics

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The 2014 Winter Olympics contained many warm fuzzy moments for Canadians: the Dufour-Lapointe sisters topping the women's moguls' podium, speedskater Gilmore Junio giving his spot to a teammate who went on to win silver, repeat gold medals for men's and women's hockey teams. But these glittering moments are powerful distractions, clouding issues from the Games. Before Sochi's Olympics fade into a shiny memory, let's round up some of the darker issues:

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Success in sports isn't always the greatest metaphor for life

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I’ve been training for the Olympics coverage by reading former rower Silken Laumann’s autobiographyUnsinkable. It starts, like many such books, with her moment of triumph: on the podium at the 1992 Games less than three months after a vicious leg injury that would’ve stopped any other mortal.

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Mariano Rivera: Baseball's Jedi Knight leaves the stage

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Mariano Rivera understood what Steve Jobs, Lao Tzu and Bruce Lee understood: that simplicity is an art and a strength, a source of joy and beauty and power.

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Russia, homophobia and the Olympics

Russia's anti-gays laws have sparked protests worldwide, like this one in New York City. (Photo: Bosc d'Anjou / flickr)

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