Category Archives: winter sports

Whither the Winter Games? A study in arrogance

The Winter Olympics aren’t that expensive. Not if you already have most of the infrastructure in place — a sliding track, ski jumps, a solid Alpine skiing area, and maybe four or five arenas ranging from 3,000 (curling) to 15,000 (figure...

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Monday Myriad, Aug. 4: Flip and fight

Starting with a few bits of news: – Both U.S. teams won their first matches at the 2014 Chess Olympiad, then faltered today against high seeds. The U.S. open team lost 2.5-1.5 to the Netherlands, while the U.S. women lost … Continue read...

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An Olympic venue that is NOT a white elephant

And no surprise, it’s from the 2002 Olympics. It’s the Utah Olympic Oval: Several members noted the oval was the centerpiece of a recreational gathering place for Kearns residents, quite worthy of the investment. “The oval is the he...

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Violinist allegedly qualified for Games through rigged race

Not that we could ever condone cheating, but wouldn’t it be nice to think that if we’re going to bend the rules to get a celebrity into the Olympics, we did it for a violinist? Culture still exists! Slovenia Ski Association … Cont...

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Sochi Olympics – not a total boondoggle!

Maybe this news will entice other countries to bid on the 2022 Games: FasterSkier.com — Sochi Can’t Make Money? Who Says? OC Posts $261 Million Profit. Sure, that money didn’t include all the infrastructure costs, government operational cos...

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Monday Myriad, June 2: French Open fun

Best and worst from myriad sports over the week … BEST U.S. ATHLETE AT THE MOMENT That would be triathlete Gwen Jorgensen. She won again in the World Triathlon Series, this time on the Olympic course in London. And she’s … Continue...

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Will anyone host the Winter Games?

The IOC is bringing all its top people to Norway, and Alan Abrahamson quite rightly sees it as a sales pitch in a desperate bid to avoid hosting the 2022 Olympics in Almaty or Beijing. The imperative – at least … Continue reading →...

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Monday Myriad, March 24: Overseas networking

As we bid farewell to winter sports for the year, some athletes are wrapping club seasons all over the place. People who read this blog probably know all about soccer and maybe basketball. But how about volleyball? Dozens of U.S. … Continue re...

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