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The 2008 Olympic Games have been declared a resounding success by China. If one makes this judgment based on the opening and closing sessions, China's gold medal accumulation, and the fact human rights protestors didn't have an opportunity to disrupt proceedings, then they were a success.I wonder how those Chinese citizens who are now in jail as a result of simply applying for permits to hold lawful protests feel about the 'success' of the Games? The U.S. celebrated some wonderful gold medal successes in basketball, beach volleyball, gymnastics and swimming. However, many other athletes appeared to be disappointed by their 'failure' to win gold, and 'only' get a silver or bronze medal.Are we in danger of judging ourselves and others if we and they don't reach almost impossible standards? How do we define "failure" and "success"?