Gymnastics

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

PALM DESERT, October 16, 2017 – In Freestyle Skiing, it seems younger is always better. Until 26-year-old McRae Williams stunned everyone – including himself – with a World Championships win last March, making him one to watch for the 2018 Winter Games. We asked Williams about his career season and it turns out a book […]
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U.S. Soccer is based in Chicago; to succeed, it must learn from the...

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 of men’s National Team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup is still sinking in. Across town, however, there is jubilation as the World Champion Cubs will continue their title defense […]
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Is there real money in Olympic sport? For FIFA, yes; for others, not...

PALM DESERT, October 11, 2017 – If the root of all evil, as it is said, is money, then it’s no wonder why the biggest scandals in international sport involved FIFA and the International Olympic Committee. Because that’s where the money is. We explore just how much money FIFA has, notably in comparison to some […]
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Sebastian Coe says track & field has to be radical to stay relevant;...

PALM DESERT, October 9, 2017 – Olympic middle-distance icon Sebastian Coe was elected to head the international federation for track & field in 2014. After three years of dealing with continuing scandals regarding doping and alleged criminal activity by his predecessor, he says he’s got the IAAF in position for potentially “radical” reforms. Fine, but […]
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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 pressuring the organizers and the government to cut their budgets. Australian IOC member John Coates has said he would like to see the cost of the 2020 Games slashed by as […]
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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 in Games held elsewhere. So what can be expected from Korean athletes at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games to be held – probably – next February in PyeongChang? We survey the […]
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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 Stade Olympique in an event that will have cost millions of dollars to stage. But the gymnasts competing won’t see much of it. The prize money offered by the International Gymnastics […]
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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 long-time observers of the Olympic Games. While the 1968 victory stand demonstration by sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos is well remembered, a non-demonstration on the victory stand by 400 m […]
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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 this far, is it a success? It’s kind of like a smorgasbord: a lot of choose from, but hard to say that it’s really memorable. We check on what’s good, what […]
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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 11 years into the future sets in, the question is well asked: What now? What should the start-up organizing committee in Los Angeles be doing? Hibernate? It’s instructive to look at […]
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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 came to Salt Lake City in 2002. The U.S. national governing bodies revved up like never before and American athletes won an unheard-of 34 medals. There has been very little fall-off […]
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Can the IOC learn from shows like “Lets’s Make A Deal” and “The...

PALM DESERT, September 13, 2017 – The International Olympic Committee’s annual meeting is underway in Peru and along with handing the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games to Paris and Los Angeles, the members are considering how to further change the Games bid process for the future. IOC chief Thomas Bach has already said the current […]
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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 the people around us. One person can make a difference. For example, consider what French prosecutors are saying about 84-year-old Lamine Diack of Senegal, alleging in detail that he set up […]
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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 spring up until the 1920s. But it is television which has made the Olympic Movement a relevant part of worldwide society today and will continue to extend the audience for the […]
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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 Olympics, right? Wrong. Six key dates that will shape the direction of Olympic sports are coming up in the next six months … and we have the list in our Lane […]
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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 corner” against doping. Let’s hope so, since a report it funded in 2011 and released on Tuesday indicated that nearly half of all athletes at that year’s IAAF World Championships had […]
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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 Jamaica’s Usain Bolt after his loss in the 100 meters at the recent IAAF World Championships. A special university biomechanical project broke down the race in astonishing detail, even down […]
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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 U.S. Nationals in Ft. Benning, Georgia changed her life, as she now pursues her goal of Olympic glory. What she did, and how hard it is are explained, as well as […]
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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 athletes who competed feel about the Worlds vis-a-vis the Olympics? We asked some of the top U.S. athletes about it and have their views in our Lane One commentary, plus: […]
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The antidote to eSports: Real sports, and how the IAAF can lead the...

PALM DESERT, August 11, 2017 – The Olympic world is in a dither as the prospective chief executive of the Paris 2024 organizing committee tells the Associated Press he wants to talk about having eSports as part of the 2024 Games. Are you kidding? How about promoting real sport, real fitness and a lifetime plan […]
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