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Op Ed-- 2016 Cities Need Fine-Tuning

June 07, 2008

 Despite generally good scores in this week’s IOC report, all is far from perfect for the four cities selected to finish the race for the 2016 Olympics. If we follow the score...

Op Ed-- Olympics Share Brand for Good Cause

June 14, 2008

 This year marks the anniversary of an agreement struck 20 years ago with the IOC that has allowed Special Olympics to become a movement on its own. It’s t...

Op Ed -- No Olympic Day for Iraq

June 21, 2008

 Olympic Day 2008 will be toasted June 23 in Lausanne in the sleek new pavilion built at IOC headquarters. But in Baghdad, there is little to celebrate, as...

Op Ed: The Other Shoe Drops for Marion Jones, IOC

October 06, 2007

(Getty Images)   Nothing rewrites Olympic history like a drugs scandal. With the admission by Marion Jones that she lied about her drug use to U.S. inves...

Op Ed: Kodak Ends Olympics Era, Sign of Change

October 13, 2007

 The latest sign of the technology changes sweeping the business of the Olympic Movement comes with word that Kodak will no longer sponsor the Games after ...

Op Ed: Politics To Rule Bid City Choices

January 05, 2008

With the election of a host for the Olympics as one the major duties for the International Olympic Committee, 2008 provides two chances for members to have their say on where ...

IOC Faces Fork in the Road with Youth Olympics

January 26, 2008

“If you see a fork in the road, take it.” That’s one of the enduring aphorisms spun by Yogi Berra, famous for his interesting use of language as well as his steady play for th...

Op Ed: Legacy Latest Pillar for Olympic Movement

February 02, 2008

This shift in paradigm, pointed out by Olympic bid consultant George Hirthler during the Legacy Lives 2008 conference this week in Barbados, is now driving billions of dollars...

Op Ed: Vancouver Musings

March 01, 2008

A view of Coal Harbor from the IOC hotel for the 2010 Games, the Westin. (ATR) (ATR) After the struggles and worries that went into the Turin Winter Olymp...

Op Ed: Trick Moves for Skateboard Betray IOC Pledges to Sports Federations

June 16, 2007

ATR Editor Ed Hula.  (ATR) Transparency appears to be an illusory ideal for the IOC, as evidenced by the machinations it seems willing to pursue to brin...

Op Ed: Olympic Day Blooms

June 23, 2007

 The patter of a few million feet will be heard around the planet this weekend, running for fun in the latest celebration of Olympic Day, June 23. June 23,...

Op Ed: New Security Worries for London

June 30, 2007

 A casual conversation in Guatemala Thursday with an acquaintance familiar with the workings of the Olympics turned to security at the Games - and at next ...

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