The asterisk means this is a Ryan Lochte-free zone. So these are the five stories I wrote about the Olympics that received the most page views on CharlotteObserver.com but were not about Ryan Lochte. And notice how every story involves someone with a strong North Carolina connection. None of my stories on Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt or Simone Biles made this list.
2. Depression. Drugs. Alcohol. Tourette’s. And, at 35, another Olympics (a feature story on swimmer Anthony Ervin).