When good prose won gold — poetry in the Olympics

With the London 2012 Olympics Games ending today, I thought this essay from the New York Times by Tony Perrottet would be appropriate:

The torrent of sports poetry inspired by the London Olympics continues unabated: NPR even hosted Poetry Games, in which listeners voted on a selection of verse with an athletic theme by celebrated poets from various countries. But few people today recall that poetry, just like the 100 meters, was an official Olympic competition from 1912 to 1948.