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OpEd: YOG Finds Success in Humble Lillehammer

February 24, 2016

(ATR) It can be done. The joyful 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer show it is possible to hang the Olympic rings on an event without suffocating gigantism or annoying ...

Op-Ed: IJF President Marius Vizer Walks the Walk

January 27, 2016

HAVANA — It is closing in on a year now that Marius Vizer was cast off into something akin to the Olympic wilderness. His crime? Mostly, speaking the truth. Now, amid scandal ...

OpEd: Scandal, Greed Fuel Public Doubt for Olympic Bids

December 02, 2015

Richard Peterkin of St. Lucia. (ATR) (ATR) “Decades of poor corporate governance and a dishonest culture” are at the root of public distrust about Olympic bids says St. Lucia...

Avoiding 2024 Olympic Bid Meltdown

December 02, 2015

(ATR) And now there are four. Budapest, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome are the cities left in the race for the 2024 Olympics now that voters in Hamburg have rejected a bid ...

OpEd - Crisis for Sport Leaders

November 08, 2015

(ATR) When leaders of the world’s major sport federations gather this week in Lausanne they face a crisis only they can undo. The annual SportAccord IF Forum comes at a t...

Olympic Surfing: "The Party Everyone Wants to Attend"

November 04, 2015

(Getty Images) Picture the scene: as the Olympic Flag flutters in the ocean breeze, dueling surfers unleash a series of mesmerising skills and manoeuvres on the shimmering w...

Paris 2024 Olympic Bid "Offers Certainty" -- Op Ed

September 22, 2015

Paris 2024 Co-Presidents Bernard Lapasset and Tony Estanguet present their vision for the Olympic bid in their first joint statement. (Getty Images) Imagine Olympic athlet...

Why We Want to Host the 2024 Olympic Games -- Op Ed

September 01, 2015

Since the flame went out at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics—one of the most successful Games in history—LA has ridden a wave of development, creativity and innovation that has c...

Rio Tranquil at Year to Go -- Op Ed

August 07, 2015

(ATR) With a year to go to the Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro seems no more panicked than normal this week, although mighty challenges still remain. ATR editor Ed Hula in ...

Time to Admit Hard Truths About Boston 2024 -- OpEd

July 26, 2015

Boston (Getty Images) (ATR) An unscheduled teleconference of the US Olympic Committee Board of Directors on July 27 could mean the end of the tortured bid from Boston for the...

Special Olympics Athletes Making History -- Op Ed

July 10, 2015

In 1976 I made history by scoring the first ever perfect 10 in gymnastics at the Montreal Olympic Games. That moment profoundly changed my life. It was an incredibly proud mo...

Op-Ed: Rugby Triggers $2 Billion Tokyo Olympic Stadium Controversy

July 03, 2015

Work on the national stadium gets under way in October (ATR) (ATR) It’s the game they play in heaven – and rugby certainly holds a celestial position in the top ranks at Toky...

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