Figure skating: the best Olympic sport to illustrate anxiety
The Sochi Winter Games start in a week amid fraught circumstances, from concerns about Russia's anti-"gay propaganda" law to concerns about security to concerns about press freedom.
And what better sport to convey the anxiety surrounding Sochi than figure skating? Its popularity may have declined in recent years, but as a vessel for illustrating these games' ability to evoke beauty and unease simultaneously, it remains without peer.
Time, on the other hand, uses a skier and barbed-wire rings to illustrate Sochi's "Ring of Steel":