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Episode 26:
Citius, Altius, Fortius, Horrendius

Published
Feb 24,2010

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Music, Footnotes & Ephemera

The recurring piece in the pre-race part is Team by Bon Iver. The part where the Olympic organizers go to the World’s Fair is the Main Title to the movie version of Meet Me In St. Louis (which is about the 1904 World’s Fair). There’s Divino Maravillhoso by Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil in there, briefly. We also hear a song called Anma Arkadas by a Turkish psychedlic rock guy named Erkin Koray. Then we’ve got two from Moondog: “Theme” and “Symphonique #6″.

I’ve read a lot about the ’04 Olympics (in order to write this article for Slate). I’ll recommend two things: a book about the anthropological exhibits called Anthropology Goes to the Fair. But most fun is a first hand account by one of Hick’s coaches that’s available in all of its absurdity here: aafla.org/6oic/OfficialReports/1904/1904lucas.pdf

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5 Comments on Citius, Altius, Fortius, Horrendius

  1. ward says:

    The podcast cuts off at 5:42! Glad I’ve subscribed to the podcast. Good episode.

  2. admin says:

    Hmm… I think that may just be you. Anyone else having that problem?

  3. Reilly says:

    Great episode! Wasn’t his name Thomas Hicks not Frank Hicks?

  4. Pingback: So We’re Not Perfect! | Phil's Phascinating Rephlections

  5. Matt says:

    Great story! I’ll think of Hicks’ drunken, poisoned stagger the next time I’m approaching mile 26 and count myself lucky.

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