While it is true that we can never compare the on-the-field accomplishments between athletes from one era to another, we can - and must - measure the impact that elite athletes carry over into other aspects of their lives.
The most significant way that the Olympics evolved was the gradual expansion of the women's program to match that of the men's. It has been a decades-long process, but it has been important progress toward reaching much-needed gender equality in athletics.
The U.S. Olympic Committee's decision last month to make Boston its candidate for the right to host the 2024 Summer Games has generated much excitement within the city and its environs. It has also engendered considerable opposition.
Today, professional leagues from the United States to Bulgaria to Taiwan all agree: It's kind of a winter sport. But I've been watching the Winter Olympics for two weeks and still haven't seen any basketball. So what gives?