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Six critical days for the IOC and the Olympic Movement

PALM DESERT, June 7, 2017 – The next week is going to be a critical one for the International Olympic Committee, for athletes in multiple sports and for fans of the Olympic Games. The IOC Executive Board will decide which events in which sports will be held in Tokyo, how to handle the award of […]
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Ten Commandments of career advice from Olympic medalist Ato Boldon

PALM DESERT, June 5, 2017 – Careers as a professional athlete are usually short; those who can continue for even a decade are considered fortunate. The smart ones recognize this and organize their careers accordingly. One who did and has passed on his knowledge is the former UCLA sprint star and Trinidadian Olympic medalist Ato […]
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FINA takes direct aim at one of its biggest stars: Katinka Hosszu. Why?

PALM DESERT, June 1, 2017 – FINA is the worldwide governing body for aquatic sports and will hold a World Cup series for the 29th year later in 2017. It announced new rules for this year’s nine-meet tour that will eliminate one of the few highlights of the 2012-13-14-15-16 World Cups: seeing how many events […]
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America’s second “Roaring ‘20s:” World Cup 2026 and the 2028 Olympics?

PALM DESERT, May 22, 2017 – Working in separate spheres, the U.S. Soccer Federation and the U.S. Olympic Committee are on the verge of bringing America into another edition of the “Roaring ‘20s.” This time it would be the 2026 FIFA World Cup, shared with Canada and Mexico, and possibly the 2028 Olympic Games. They […]
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Why is Track & Field a Tier 1 sport and Canoe-Kayak a Tier...

PALM DESERT, May 19, 2017 – The first Canoe-Kayak World Cup is on this weekend in Portugal, with three Olympic gold medalists and a couple of World Champions on hand. But in a 24-event program, in a sport dominated by Europe, shouldn’t there be more Rio rematches? Then there is track & field, which had […]
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Will the IAAF choose courage or cowardice for its World Records?

PALM DESERT, May 15, 2017 – The European Athletics Council approved a plan to radically revise its record lists, simply throwing away decades of history and throwing drug-free athletes in the same dumpster with some obvious sinners. Worse, it recommended that the IAAF adopt the same approach. Will the IAAF choose the cowardly Euro Athletics […]
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The NCAA as small potatoes? Are World Collegiate Championships coming?

PALM DESERT, May 12, 2017 – The NCAA is a college sports behemoth, collecting nearly a billion dollars a year in revenue, mostly from television rights to its men’s Division I basketball tournament. But what if – at least in some sports – an NCAA championship became just a stepping stone to a larger prize: […]
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Is Kipchoge’s 2:00:25 marathon a World Record?

PALM DESERT, May 8, 2017 – Saturday’s 2:00:25 marathon by Kenya’s Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge was sensational by any measure. But the reporting on the event made it clear that it would not – as great as it was – be considered as a world record. Why? No one has talked about that much, but […]
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Euro Athletics says records are only for those they consider elite

PALM DESERT, May 5, 2017 – European Athletics is backing an astonishingly bad proposal that would take world records away from athletes who followed every rule in the book when they made history. Why? How? By changing records instead of dealing with the real problem: doping. We have the details in our Lane One commentary, […]
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How about giving awards that don’t end up in the trash?

PALM DESERT, May 1, 2017 – If you watched the Drake Relays on Saturday, you saw shivering athletes in 43-degree weather being handed flowers by volunteers … with gloves! How many of those flowers made it to a vase? The percentage is about the same as how often Usain Bolt has lost over the past […]
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You want more Olympic bids? Here’s how!

PALM DESERT, Apr. 26, 2017 – International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach showcased a keen grasp of the obvious when he said in a speech Tuesday that “The good old times are over with regard to [the Olympic Games] candidature procedure.” Can the worldwide aversion to bidding on the Olympic Games be reversed? Of course […]
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Remembering USA Swimming’s Chuck Wielgus

PALM DESERT, Apr. 25, 2017 – People in leadership positions often get more credit than they deserve when things go well and more blame than merited when they don’t, but there is little doubt that Chuck Wielgus – who died Sunday at age 67 – left USA Swimming in better shape than when he took […]
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Is the last figure skating event of 2017 a preview of PyeongChang 2018?

PALM DESERT, Apr. 20, 2017 – The 2017 World Championships didn’t turn out as hoped for U.S. stars Nathan Chen, Ashley Wagner and Madison Chock and Evan Bates. But they have one more chance in the spotlight as the 2017 season ends and the Olympic year looms. We have a complete preview of the ISU […]
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