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The Olympic Games have been a showcase for the beauty and grace of resilience, as you all, and the entire world just got to witness. Here then, are some stories and honours for we have the athletes to revel in and learn from.

For all the controversy, for all the well-founded worry over hosting the Summer Games amid a pandemic that has killed four million globally and is currently lashing Japan, the Olympic athletes have delivered again and again.

I'm not talking about medal counts and world records here. I'm talking about something more profound. I'm talking about resilience, tenacious fortitude and even kindness under pressure.

All are forms of athletic grace. In Tokyo all through the Games, the examples just kept multiplying.

The grace of Simon Biles, bold as she came back to the fray, winning a bronze medal on the balance beam days after pulling out of the team gymnastics competition to guard her mental, emotional and physical health.

The grace of the Netherlands' Sifan Hassan, stumbling and sprawling on the track during her heat of the women's 1,500 meters, then lifting herself and striding from far behind to catch the other runners, passing them all to finish first.

The grace in how athletes have pulled together in Tokyo, encouraged to do so because during the pandemic they leaned on others more than ever before.

One example among many : the Norwegian triathlete Lotte Miller consoling Belgium's Calire Michel, as Michel sobbed in the moments after finishing last.

The grace in how athletes made it through the pandemic, their elite-level training disrupted. In Tokyo, there are countless stories of how they stayed in shape and kept their form.

Think of the weightlifter Higilyn Diaz. She spent months stuck in Malaysia because of the pandemic, freelancing her training, building her own gym and working on weight sets she fashioned out of bamboo sticks and jugs of water.

In Tokyo, Diaz became the first athlete to win a gold medal for the Philippines.

She personified resilience, a description the International Olympic Committee has often applied to these Summer Games, as they went forward in a time of plague. Yet the I.O.C's effort to preserve the Olympics lacked grace.

After the Games were delayed a year, polls consistently showed that most Japanese citizens wanted them to be postponed again or canceled. Many feared the threat of virus and of the new variants that could be brought in by the roughly 40,000 visitors, including athletes, support staff and the news media.

That alarm has proved justified. The island nation is so burdened by the coronavirus now that much of the country is in a state of emergency. Recently, new cases in Tokyo reached record highs.

All the while, the athletes lived as if in a federal witness protection program. They were shuttled from the Olympic Village or an officially sanctioned hotel to their athletic venues and back, their movements tightly monitored, their health status constantly probed. They were never far from a coronavirus test.

Few ever complained.

The Games represented the pinnacle for most of them, something dreamed about for years. Olympic dreams usually include visions of performing under ideal conditions in front of boisterous crowds.

Ideal conditions? Olympics organizers were determined to put on their show in the middle of the sweltering Japanese summer to drive up TV ratings. If the Games had been held in the fall, as they were when Tokyo hosted it in 1964, they would have faced far more competition for viewers. Nevertheless , there has been plummeting viewership for these truly Summer Games, as athletes got forced to perform in a furnace.

And boisterous crowds? That possibility vanished weeks ago before the start. At many of the open-air events, the most consistent background noise came from flocks of cicadas.

And yet the I.O.C. bragged about the show it was putting on. Criticism? What criticism? ''All that is behind us,'' Nenad lalovic, an I.O.C. board member, said later. ''Nothing,'' he added, ''can stop us anymore.''

At least we have the athletes to revel in and learn from.

Im thinking of the determination of the runner Christine Mboma, banned from the 400-meter race, her best event, because she has a rare genetic condition that results in elevated testosterone levels. Undaunted, Mboma ran the 200 meters and won a silver medal.

I'm thinking of the high jumpers Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar and Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy. They chose to forgo a jump off that could have decided the competition and to share Olympic gold instead.

They knew full well they would be blasted by those who claim that there must always be a single winner, that sharing is weak and - even worse - unmanly.

But Barshim and Tamberi embraced their tie and each other. They showed no doubt what they valued most.

Neither did Raven Saunders, as proud and charismatic an athlete as there was in Tokyo, with her Hulk masks and her gyrating celebrations and her willingness to stand up for what she believes.

After winning a silver medal in the shot put, she defied the I.O.C's ban on athletes protesting and raised her arms in the form of an X while on the medal stand.

''I'm a Black female, I'm queer, and I talk about mental health awareness,'' she told an NBC reporter, explaining the meaning of the X. ''I deal with depression, anxiety and PTSD, a lot. I represent being at that intersection.''

The symbol she said was for the oppressed.

When, days after winning silver, Saunders sustained a terrible loss : Her mother died.

The I.O.C's response?

Instead of dropping any effort to penalize her, the organization that lords over global sports said it would simply press pause before deciding whether to discipline Saunders for her display.

The Olympic organizers need to get with it. Saunders already showed she was not about to bow to their silly rules.

Like so many other athletes in Tokyo, she had too much resilience, too much grace.

The Honor and Serving of the Latest Global Operational Research on Athletes, Games, Resilience and  Grace, continues. The World Students Society thanks author Kurt Streeter.

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