Olympic Eventing: Cross-Country Wet, But a Bright Day for Sport

The good news is that the anxiously awaited eventing cross-country competition at the 2008 Olympic Games was a success, with careful planning and course design, the weather, and a dollop of luck combining to produce a four-hour contest with no "traffic accident" horrors, no exhausted horses or overcome riders, and no major incidents to tarnish the sport's image.

The bad news--at least if

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