A Magic Trick That No One Wants To See: A Sea Completely Disappearing

CNN documented the loss of the Aral Sea. At one point, one-sixth of all of the Soviet Union's fish catch came from it. Now, it's a ship graveyard. The fact that it was shrinking was no surprise to anyone. That it dissapeared this fast in less than 15 years? That's kind of scary.

A Magic Trick That No One Wants To See: A Sea Completely Disappearing

For the first time, skateboarding is an official Olympic sport, and after watching the men's and women's street skateboarding events this weekend, our family has decided it's officially a totally welcome addition.

I grew up with a skateboarding brother during the earliest years of Tony Hawk's career, so the sport itself isn't unfamiliar to me. But I've never really followed skate competitions and wasn't sure how it would translate into an Olympic event. As it turns out, there are several things that make it both entertaining and refreshing to watch in comparison with other sports.

For one, let's talk about the "uniform" the athletes wear. As debates rage over volleyball bikinis and gymnastics leotards, here are the male and female skateboarders in long, loose pants and baggy t-shirts. They are the most comfortable-looking Olympians I've ever seen (being out in the humid Japanese heat notwithstanding). They look like they just popped off the couch after watching a movie and decided to go out and hop on their skateboard.

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