Alpine Skiing

After 125 years, time to say “Thanks, Baron” one more time

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PALM DESERT, November 24, 2017 – This Saturday will mark 125 years since a 29-year-old Frenchman named Pierre de Coubertin proposed that the Olympic...

Who makes more: Track stars or World Cup skiers?

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PALM DESERT, November 17, 2017 – Alpine skiers have to be the princes and princesses of the Olympic-sport world, don’t they? Training and competing at...

Don’t they know that the Olympics is mostly a television show?

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PALM DESERT, November 15, 2017 – There’s a lot of angst over lower ticket sales for February’s PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games. One Korean academic...

Individual justice vs. collective responsibility, or is it the IOC vs. the IAAF?

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PALM DESERT, November 13, 2017 – Over the next four weeks, both the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)...

The cheapest, most undeserved gold medal in Olympic history

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PALM DESERT, November 10, 2017 – What will happen to the Russian team at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Korea? Will the International Olympic...

Between Scylla and Charybdis: IOC president Thomas Bach

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PALM DESERT, November 3, 2017 – The famed Greek poet Homer wrote about two terrors that had to be faced at the same time...

World bobsled champ Elana Meyers Taylor: “I’ve crashed more times than I can count”

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PALM DESERT, November 1, 2017 – Being World Champion doesn’t mean you have all the answers. Elana Meyers Taylor, who won the 2017 world...

German court will hear challenge to IOC’s sponsor exclusivity Rule 40

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PALM DESERT, October 30, 2017 – Very few athletes can quote chapter and verse from the Olympic Charter, the rulebook of the International Olympic...

Coming soon: the sports marketing spectacle of the 21st Century … or a train...

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PALM DESERT, October 27, 2017 – The 2028 Olympic Games have been awarded to Los Angeles. The 2026 FIFA World Cup could be assigned...

Innsbruck’s message to the IOC: Even a zero-cost Games isn’t worth the hassle

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PALM DESERT, October 18, 2017 – The failure of the referendum supporting a bid for the Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck and the Tyrol...

The “other” anthem protest: Wayne Collett, Vince Matthews and the 1972 Games

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PALM DESERT, September 29, 2017 – The current furor over sitting, standing, protesting and counter-protesting of the U.S. national anthem is old news for...

Winter Games warm-up: Five names to know (Part I)

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PALM DESERT, September 11, 2017 – We’re barely finished with summer and it’s less than five months from the start of the 2018 Olympic...

What is fairness? The IAAF, Caster Semenya and “intersex” athletes

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PALM DESERT, July 5, 2017 – South Africa’s reigning Olympic 800 m champion Caster Semenya has been a lightning rod for controversy since her...

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