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LANE ONE: Remembering the day the Olympic Movement didn’t collapse: 8 May 1984

(This is a reprint of our Lane One column of 9 May 2018, which was available in our old PDF format and not as...

LANE ONE: Is the new LA 2028 budget of $6.88 billion really serious,...

Ever since the late Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau famously claimed – six years prior to the 1976 Olympic Games in his city – that “The Games could no more run a deficit than a man could have a baby,” observers have closely watched Olympic budgets. Drapeau’s claim, of course, turned out to be a colossal […]
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LANE ONE: The Olympic Games cannot solve the world’s problems, as Paris 2024...

There was a time when modesty and humility were prized, and the idea that if you made reasonable promises and over-delivered on those promises, the results would be widely viewed as positive. Those concepts appear today to be as ancient as Egypt’s pyramids. Society in many countries appears divided along many lines and the social […]
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LANE ONE: Appreciating another legacy of the 1984 Olympic Games: David Simon

The modern Olympic Movement was dramatically changed with the staging of the Games of the XXIIIrd Olympiad in Los Angeles in 1984. The private financing, the use of existing facilities and thousands of volunteers are well remembered, along with many technical innovations that continue in use today. What is a little less appreciated is the […]
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The day the Olympic Movement started back up: 8 May 1984

TSX HEADLINES – for May 9, 2018: It didn’t seem like it at the time, but the momentous events of the 8th of May, 1984 marked the turn of the Olympic Movement from tragedy to triumph. The 1984 torch relay, beset by controversy, started in a drizzle at United Nations Plaza in New York and […]
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The day the Olympic Movement started back up: 8 May 1984

TSX HEADLINES – for May 9, 2018: It didn’t seem like it at the time, but the momentous events of the 8th of May, 1984 marked the turn of the Olympic Movement from tragedy to triumph. The 1984 torch relay, beset by controversy, started in a drizzle at United Nations Plaza in New York and […]
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The International Olympic Committee, and its money

PALM DESERT, July 14, 2017 – The International Olympic Committee gives away 90% of all of its revenue to support the Olympic Movement. Is this, to paraphrase 19th Century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, “lies, damned lies or statistics”? We comb through the IOC’s just-released annual report to find out the facts from the figures […]
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