Great moments in placards

Leave it to the Brits to boil a word down to its diminutive essence and then take their shirts off. “Shelly on her belly winning gold in the skelly,” read one sign, held aloft by a no-doubt hard-nippled group of cold English youngsters, a tribute to the sledding excellence of the UK’s Shelley Rudman. Rudman is seventh in the race after her third heat. “Skelly” and “belly,” meanwhile, will soon become part of the lexicon at Masters and Johnson.

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