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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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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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Rio golf course vs. Rio golf court

Of all the curious decisions the IOC has made in recent years, the vote to add the land-hungry sport of golf just in time for Rio 2016 is one of the most curious. Too late to switch it to a … Continue reading →...

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Medal projections: Stats vs. subjectivity

Can we really come up with a statistical model for projecting Olympic medals? I’ve often joked that I want to be the Nate Silver of Olympic medal projections. But Nate knows a lot more about stats than I do — … Continue reading &ra...

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2016 medal projections: Men’s handball

Never too soon, right? Spain was the runaway winner in the just-concluded World Championship, beating Denmark 35-19 in the final. They lost a group-stage game to eventual third-place finisher Croatia but otherwise won with ease. Two reasons not to an...

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Myriad links: The Onion on water polo, dreary Americans, new Olympic sports

A few late-night links that I haven’t had a chance to work into full-fledged posts today: 1. The Onion brought the funny on water polo and other sports (if you consider baseball a sport) in one of their video segments. … Continue reading...

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Rio 2016: Is there any way to make golf work in the Olympics?

Golf’s inclusion in the 2016 Olympics is one of the most puzzling IOC decisions in recent years. For one thing, that decision forced Rio to build a golf course, which has turned out to be a major problem. The other … Continue reading &ra...

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