Gymnastics

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...

A 39-year first? IOC will accept less than a full Host City financial guarantee...

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PALM DESERT, November 8, 2017 – The International Olympic Committee insists as a condition of granting hosting rights to the Olympic or Olympic Winter...

New math? How does an $8.5 million subsidy in 2016 turn into a profit...

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PALM DESERT, November 6, 2017 – If there is anything which chases people away from the Olympic Games these days, it’s the exorbitant cost....

Innsbruck’s message to the IOC: Even a zero-cost Games isn’t worth the hassle

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PALM DESERT, October 18, 2017 – The failure of the referendum supporting a bid for the Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck and the Tyrol...

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

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PALM DESERT, October 16, 2017 – In Freestyle Skiing, it seems younger is always better. Until 26-year-old McRae Williams stunned everyone – including himself...

U.S. Soccer is based in Chicago; to succeed, it must learn from the Cubs

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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...

Is there real money in Olympic sport? For FIFA, yes; for others, not so...

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PALM DESERT, October 11, 2017 – If the root of all evil, as it is said, is money, then it’s no wonder why the...

Sebastian Coe says track & field has to be radical to stay relevant; how...

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PALM DESERT, October 9, 2017 – Olympic middle-distance icon Sebastian Coe was elected to head the international federation for track & field in 2014....

It Takes a Village if the IOC is going to reform the Games

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PALM DESERT, October 6, 2017 – The head of the International Olympic Committee’s Coordination Commission for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo is now...

Will home cooking power a Korean medal parade next February?

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PALM DESERT, October 4, 2017 – Traditionally, countries which host an Olympic Games can expect their athletes to win more medals at home than...

It really doesn’t pay to be a gymnast

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PALM DESERT, October 2, 2017 – The FIG World Championships in Artistic Gymnastics are set to start Monday evening in Montreal in the historic...

The “other” anthem protest: Wayne Collett, Vince Matthews and the 1972 Games

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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...

Smorgasbord in the 21st Century: the Olympic Channel

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PALM DESERT, September 25, 2017 – The International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Channel celebrated its first birthday last week. With more than $100 million invested...

Los Angeles has the 2028 Olympic Games, so what’s next? Hibernation?

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PALM DESERT, September 18, 2017 – As the parties and parades pass on and the recognition that Los Angeles will organize an Olympic Games...

Winter Games warm-up: Five names to know (Part II)

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PALM DESERT, September 15, 2017 – For decades, the U.S. showed only a middling interest in the Olympic Winter Games. And then the Games...

Can the IOC learn from shows like “Lets’s Make A Deal” and “The Match...

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PALM DESERT, September 13, 2017 – The International Olympic Committee’s annual meeting is underway in Peru and along with handing the 2024 and 2028...

The ticking time bomb of Olympic bids, bribery and doping cover-ups

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PALM DESERT, September 8, 2017 – High school civics classes emphasize the difference that each of us can make in our surroundings and to...

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...

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