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

PALM DESERT, November 13, 2017 – Over the next four weeks, both the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) are going to consider the difficult decisions that come when individual justice collides with collective responsibility.

That’s how IOC president Thomas Bach of Germany has framed the question of Russian participation in the 2018 Winter Games in light of the massive Russian doping scandal at the 2014 Winter Games it hosted in Sochi in 2014.

And the IAAF, led by iconic Olympic gold medalist Sebastian Coe, is scheduled to take up the question of whether to eliminate a swath of world-record performances that came before current testing methods were in place and samples still available for re-testing.

Where will these two organizations draw the line between the individual and the collective?

We consider the issues in our Lane One commentary, plus a massive weekend of competition and achievement for American athletes, and more:

= p. 5/Phil Hersh on whether Canada “lost virtue” over a gift at its Skate Canada event;
= p. 9/Alpine Skiing: Mikaela Shiffrin scores World Cup silver in the Levi Slalom;
= p. 11/Bobsled: U.S.’s Bascue & McGuffie win World Cup gold in memory of Steven Holcomb;
= p. 12/Cycling: U.S.’s Hannah Roberts wins first-ever BMX Freestyle Park world title!
= p. 18/Football: U.S. ends 2017 with decisive, 3-1 win over Canada in San Jose;
= p. 18/Ice Hockey: U.S. women’s national team throttles Canada to win Four Nations Cup;
= p. 21/Short Track: U.S. men break Canadian-held world relay record in Shanghai!