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Why can’t Olympic sports be more like college football?

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PALM DESERT, November 27, 2017 – This past weekend was a great one in Olympic sports ... and college football. Fans of both were attending...

Role reversal: now the cities ask, “Why do we want the Games?”

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PALM DESERT, November 22, 2017 – It wasn’t so long ago that it was the International Olympic Committee asking probing questions of a group...

Thinking the unthinkable: What if the 2018 Winter Games could not be held?

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PALM DESERT, September 6, 2017 – The Korean peninsula has seen more than its share of tragedy and war. Now, with the Olympic Winter...

Television: the glue that holds the Olympic Games together

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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

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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?

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

U.S. men win first world Freestyle wrestling team title in 22 years!

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PALM DESERT, August 28, 2017 – For fans of Team USA, here was the scenario. If reigning World and Olympic champ Kyle Snyder could...

The world’s best wrestler: Undefeated, Unscored on and World Champion: Helen Maroulis!

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PALM DESERT, August 25, 2017 – How do you define greatness? Surely, American wrestling star Helen Maroulis fits the bill no matter what criteria you...

A third Los Angeles Games in 2028 ends a 32-year quest for the faithful

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PALM DESERT, August 2, 2017 – When the news flash came across on Monday that an agreement had been made to award the 2028...

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

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

The Olympic Games, Los Angeles and hysteria, courtesy of Sergeant Schultz

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PALM DESERT, July 28, 2017 – As the International Olympic Committee and the bid committees of Paris and Los Angeles get closer to an...

Please … no more pants!

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PALM DESERT, July 26, 2017 – Have you been watching the FINA World Championships from Budapest? The competition has been marvelous ... except for those...

When is being the best in the world not good enough?

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PALM DESERT, July 24, 2017 – The United States swim team led the medal count at the 2015 World Championships ... and was considered...

When technology went too far: Swimming’s fantastic plastic suits

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PALM DESERT, July 21, 2017 – The swimming portion of the FINA World Championships starts on Sunday with American superstar Katie Ledecky possibly ready...

Ronald Reagan’s advice for the IOC and future Olympic bids

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PALM DESERT, July 10, 2017 – The International Olympic Committee is on the verge of selecting host cities for two Olympic Games at the...

What did the IOC’s Evaluation Commission really say about L.A. and Paris?

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PALM DESERT, July 7, 2017 – The International Olympic Committee’s Evaluation Commission gave glowing endorsements to both the Los Angeles and Paris bids for...

The unbearable sadness of watching the world’s greatest swim team

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PALM DESERT, July 3, 2017 – USA Swimming’s Phillips 66 National Championships in Indianapolis was the swim meet of the year, producing 48 top-five...

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