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Op Ed -- World Cup Vote Shows Inevitability for Mideast Olympics

December 03, 2010

FIFA chief Sepp Blatter declares Qatar the host for the 2022 World Cup. (Getty Images) (ATR) FIFA embraces what the IOC rejected in selecting Qatar as the host of the 2022 Wo...

OpEd: Youth Olympic Games Await Grades

August 30, 2010

98 countries won medals in Singapore. (ATR) Great success or boondoggle? The Youth Olympic Games appear to pass their first test in Singapore. But is the new event already on...

Op Ed -- The Team with No Result

July 31, 2010

(ATR) On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Moscow Olympics, U.S. IOC member Anita DeFrantz reflects on what it meant for her to be a member of "the team with no resu...

OpEd: What If the Vote for the 2018 Olympics Were Today?

July 06, 2010

Lake Annecy is called the most pure in Europe. (ATR) (ATR) A year from now it will be a done deal: either Annecy or Munich or PyeongChang will win the majority of votes from...

OpEd: Road to 2014 Olympics Tests Driving Skill and Nerve

June 13, 2010

Tight squeeze at a mountain tunnel. (ATR) (ATR) The twisting and turning road to the mountain venues in Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics can be a dangerous route to travel....

Op Ed: Give London Mascots a Chance

May 28, 2010

Union Jack Mascots. (London 2012) (ATR) Steely, not warm and fuzzy. Odd-faced. Unfamiliar. With their looks alone, the two mascots for London 2012 are breaking the mold. ...

OP Ed: USOC Strengthening International Image

May 12, 2010

By USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny (USA Gymnastics) There is no mistaking that politics, geopolitical alliances, and relationshi...

Op Ed -- Equestrian Enters Clean Sport Era

April 05, 2010

"The legitimacy of equestrian sport is rooted in the concept of fair play. The doping scandals of the Athens and Beijing games certainly threatened that legitimacy."-- FEI Sec...

The View from Here: A Vancouverite Looks at the Games

February 28, 2010

Vancouverite Bob Mackin has reported for Around the Rings since 2004. The 2010 Games have come and are almost gone. What was it like: better, worse or exactly what I exp...

The View From Here: Is Legacy Worth the Olympics?

February 23, 2010

The Richmond Olympic Oval will become a community recreation center after the Games. (Getty Images) (ATR) Is legacy an over-rated idea for the Olympics? Is it simply an excus...

The View from Here: London & Sochi Lessons

February 21, 2010

Ed Hula in Vancouver Sochi and London organizers tell us it’s too early to glean lessons from the experience of the Vancouver Olympics, but we have some ideas for them to thi...

The View from Here: Good Things for Vancouver

February 17, 2010

Ed Hula in Vancouver (ATR) Ok, Vancouver is taking a stumble or two as it tries to hit full stride for the remainder of the Games. But there are also a lot of good things...

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