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PALM DESERT, December 15, 2017 – This is the 215th issue of The Sports Examiner and the one comment that we have most often...

Why can’t Olympic sports be more like college football?

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PALM DESERT, November 27, 2017 – This past weekend was a great one in Olympic sports ... and college football. Fans of both were attending...

Role reversal: now the cities ask, “Why do we want the Games?”

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PALM DESERT, November 22, 2017 – It wasn’t so long ago that it was the International Olympic Committee asking probing questions of a group...

Is this the last week that FloJo will be a world-record holder?

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PALM DESERT, November 20, 2017 – The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will hand out its annual awards this coming Friday in Monaco....

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...

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...

Triathlon star Katie Zaferes is all about being prepared

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PALM DESERT, October 25, 2017 – American triathlon star Katie Zaferes finished second at the Triathlon World Series Grand Final this year and is...

Anita DeFrantz on the 1980 boycott: “It still is extremely painful”

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PALM DESERT, October 23, 2017 – Anita DeFrantz rose to fame by suing the United States Olympic Committee to allow American athletes – including...

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...

It’s all in the mind for Slopestyle World Champion McRae Williams

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PALM DESERT, October 16, 2017 – In Freestyle Skiing, it seems younger is always better. Until 26-year-old McRae Williams stunned everyone – including himself...

Smorgasbord in the 21st Century: the Olympic Channel

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PALM DESERT, September 25, 2017 – The International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Channel celebrated its first birthday last week. With more than $100 million invested...

Winter Games warm-up: Five names to know (Part 3)

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PALM DESERT, September 22, 2017 – There have been only two Winter Games in Asia, both in Japan: Sapporo in 1964 and Nagano in...

Los Angeles has the 2028 Olympic Games, so what’s next? Hibernation?

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PALM DESERT, September 18, 2017 – As the parties and parades pass on and the recognition that Los Angeles will organize an Olympic Games...

U.S. men win first world Freestyle wrestling team title in 22 years!

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PALM DESERT, August 28, 2017 – For fans of Team USA, here was the scenario. If reigning World and Olympic champ Kyle Snyder could...

Case study: How IOC President Juan Samaranch outlasted North Korea

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PALM DESERT, August 23, 2017 – The 2018 Olympic Winter Games will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea next February. You probably know that...

When is being the best in the world not good enough?

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PALM DESERT, July 24, 2017 – The United States swim team led the medal count at the 2015 World Championships ... and was considered...

Phelps is racing sharks for fun, Owens raced horses because he needed money

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PALM DESERT, July 19, 2017 – The silly Michael Phelps vs. a Great White Shark show coming Sunday is designed to be fun and...

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