Category Archives: olympic sports

Please don’t come to Boston; or, don’t give up on the Games

Contrary to popular belief, a city or country can be a financially responsible host for a major sports event. While we fret about the cost of the Olympics, Toronto just hosted the Pan American Games, which has more sports and … Continue readin...

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Rio Olympics: Build, tear down, rebuild

If you build venues for the Pan Am Games, then tear them down or abandon them less than 10 years later when the Olympics come to town, you’re doing something wrong. That’s what Rio is doing, as detailed in this … Continue reading &...

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2016 medal projections: Handball (men’s)

The World Championships are all over bar the shouting. And people are shouting about Qatar — the country you know as the dubiously selected FIFA World Cup host in 2022 but now known as the country that bought a bunch of ringers … Conti...

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Boston 2024: Do Olympics need to be “walkable”?

Boston 2024 co-chair David Manfredi is proud of the bid committee’s plans to have walkable, compact Olympics, with 28 of 33 venues within 6.2 miles of the athletes’ village, AP reports. But is that really important? For someone like me, &...

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Beijing’s bid for the Winter Games

Curling at the Water Cube? Please make this happen! The rest of this USA TODAY story is more skeptical, perhaps with good reason. China isn’t known for skiing, to put it mildly. But one of their local ski resorts is getting … Continue r...

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Medal projection fever: Events that matter in 2015

Ten days until the men’s handball World Championships! That’s the first of many events that will feed into the 2016 medal projections this year. By the end of the year, I’ll have every Rio event projected. Even SuperBacteria Sailin...

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Break up the Olympics!

The U.S. Olympic Committee may soon select a bid city for the 2024 Olympics, picking from a pool that includes Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. The correct answer is … all of them. Why not? That’s the … Conti...

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Just when you thought the Olympics were dead (bowling edition)

If only the IOC had as many suitable hosts for the Winter Olympics as it had sports who want to get on the Summer Olympic program … The sport of bowling, long an Olympic aspirant, is taking aim at the … Continue reading →...

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