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The Madeleine Brand Show for August 9, 2012




Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt (C), Jamican Clarke Larone (L) and Canada's Warner Justyn (R) compete in the men's 100m race at the IAAF Diamond League athletics meet at Bislett Stadium in Oslo.
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt (C), Jamican Clarke Larone (L) and Canada's Warner Justyn (R) compete in the men's 100m race at the IAAF Diamond League athletics meet at Bislett Stadium in Oslo.
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Are athletes reaching the limits of human potential? Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt crushed his competitors in the 100 yard dash this week, but he also crushed another record, finishing with a record time of 9.63 seconds. The feat caused many to wonder just how fast humans could ever run, and would there ever be a time that could not be broken. And Mignon Fogarty, the host of the Grammar Girl podcast joins the show to address some Olympic-related language issues, including the age-old question of why Americans call the sport soccer, while the Brits call it football.