Gymnastics

U.S. Soccer is based in Chicago; to succeed, it must learn from the Cubs

PALM DESERT, October 13, 2017 – It’s a quiet time in the offices of the U.S. Soccer Federation in Chicago, where the stunning failure...

Is there real money in Olympic sport? For FIFA, yes; for others, not so...

PALM DESERT, October 11, 2017 – If the root of all evil, as it is said, is money, then it’s no wonder why the...

Sebastian Coe says track & field has to be radical to stay relevant; how...

PALM DESERT, October 9, 2017 – Olympic middle-distance icon Sebastian Coe was elected to head the international federation for track & field in 2014....

It Takes a Village if the IOC is going to reform the Games

PALM DESERT, October 6, 2017 – The head of the International Olympic Committee’s Coordination Commission for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo is now...

Will home cooking power a Korean medal parade next February?

PALM DESERT, October 4, 2017 – Traditionally, countries which host an Olympic Games can expect their athletes to win more medals at home than...

It really doesn’t pay to be a gymnast

PALM DESERT, October 2, 2017 – The FIG World Championships in Artistic Gymnastics are set to start Monday evening in Montreal in the historic...

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

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...

Smorgasbord in the 21st Century: the Olympic Channel

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

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

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

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

PALM DESERT, September 15, 2017 – For decades, the U.S. showed only a middling interest in the Olympic Winter Games. And then the Games...

Can the IOC learn from shows like “Lets’s Make A Deal” and “The Match...

PALM DESERT, September 13, 2017 – The International Olympic Committee’s annual meeting is underway in Peru and along with handing the 2024 and 2028...

The ticking time bomb of Olympic bids, bribery and doping cover-ups

PALM DESERT, September 8, 2017 – High school civics classes emphasize the difference that each of us can make in our surroundings and to...

Television: the glue that holds the Olympic Games together

PALM DESERT, September 4, 2017 – There was no such thing as television when the Olympic Games were revived in 1896. Radio networks didn’t...

Six dates that will shape Olympic sport over the next six months

PALM DESERT, September 1, 2017 – Now that the swimming and track & field world championships are over, time to relax until the Winter...

Study says 44% of IAAF World Champs athletes doped in 2011, and now?

PALM DESERT, August 30, 2017 – The World Anti-Doping Agency released its annual report for 2016 last week and said it had “turned the...

How Usain Bolt lost the last race of his career

PALM DESERT, August 21, 2017 – There’s an old adage that it’s not how you start, but how you finish. Don’t try telling that to...

The life of a 24-year-old Shooting star: Lexi Lagan

PALM DESERT, August 18, 2017 – The United States national champion in the women’s Sport Pistol event is Lexi Lagan. Her win at the...

Are World Championships as important as the Olympic Games?

PALM DESERT, August 16, 2017 – The IAAF’s great World Championships in London was one of the sports highlights of 2017, but how do...

The antidote to eSports: Real sports, and how the IAAF can lead the revolution

PALM DESERT, August 11, 2017 – The Olympic world is in a dither as the prospective chief executive of the Paris 2024 organizing committee...

Swimming’s new dilemma: What if you have two Michael Phelps?

PALM DESERT, July 31, 2017 – A marvelous World Championships in the aquatic sports closed on Sunday with a historic performance by the United...

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