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NBC's Olympics coverage embraces the drama but offers something for all

There's nothing quite like the threat of mutually assured destruction to lend some drama to the Olympics, is there?

Every two years, the Olympic Games return to television, offering viewers a unique meta-narrative that unfolds over two weeks. The Sochi Games in 2014 were plagued by protests over LGBT rights in Russia, plumbing problems and - who could forget? - Bob Costas' pink eye. Two years later, Rio was all about the spirited people of Brazil overcoming Zika, economic woes and disconcertingly green pools.

We're only a few days into the 23rd Winter Olympics, but the pre-packaged story this year is about whether the unifying spirit of athletic

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