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The Best Possible Outcome

by Glen Hamilton The International Olympics Committee (IOC) decided to award the Olympics of 2024 and 2028 together. Initially, the contest was for just the 2024 Games but the IOC decided to award the 2028 Games as well. Paris will … Continue reading

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It Gets Better

by Glen Hamilton The US Olympic team won more medals than any other country at this year’s Summer Games. The media’s constant drumbeat about American young people being lazy underachievers sure as hell didn’t apply to the delegation in Rio. … Continue reading

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Jerks

  by Glen Hamilton Frequently, when people become overly concerned with the moral health of the world or a country, my usual response is “People always remember the assholes because kindness and decency are not that newsworthy.” I have been … Continue reading

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What We Remember

In a little less than a week, parts of the media will begin discussing the legacy of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Only briefly, of course. The real treatment won’t begin in earnest until the beginning of 2018, when the Winter Games in South Korea begin to loom in the near future. The Olympics will have a significant effect on the fabric of Rio. Much of the perception of success will be framed for the foreign media by the size of Rio’s Olympic venue boneyard, how “over budget” the Games appear to be, and how Brazil’s political situation plays out to audiences abroad. All of those things are not looking good for Rio right now. I have lived in two cities that hosted the Olympics: Atlanta and Montreal. The effect of an Olympiad on actual residents is more subtle and complicated than most visiting media care to discover. Continue reading

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Trying Just a Little Too Hard

by Glen Hamilton Apparently American basketball players are staying on a cruise ship, separate from the Olympic Village. USA Basketball cited several reasons, including security concerns. Another of the rationales for separating the American players was how tired the players may … Continue reading

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If It Seems To Good To Be True, It Probably Is

The Olympic Torch arrived in Rio De Janeiro today and the first events began as well. So the media will soon tip from reporting on Rio’s apocalypse to finding candidates to be put on a Wheaties Box. But right now the current wisdom is that any city that hosts the Olympic Games is insane and doomed to decades of misery. While very much a critic of the Olympic Movement, Dave Zirin is normally one of the most astute observers of the intersection of sport and society. In an L. A. Times Op-Ed Zirin suggests that Los Angeles should drop its 2024 Olympic bid in order to force the Olympic movement reform its host selection process in a way that addresses human rights and corruption. This is a very worthy goal. However, a boycott by candidate cities is not an effective tool of reform and Zirin’s solution of moving to a single location is completely unworkable. Continue reading

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