The Sports Examiner

An “A” for PyeongChang now, but the grade may be revised later

TSX HEADLINES – for Feb. 26, 2018: The PyeongChang Games are over, so how good were they?

There are still a lot of questions to be answered before a final grade can be given, but the Korean organizers did the big things well. Our initial grade is an “A,” but there are issues that could change that grade significantly over time.

We review the four big issues the organizing committee had to confront – competitions, cost, organization and impact – and rate how they did in our Lane One commentary, plus:

(1) THE TICKER: Korean “friendship” may be extended to a new event, in 2021, plus what pole vaulters want from the IAAF and Ato Boldon’s opinion of how good Christian Coleman is!

(2) THE BIG PICTURE: The worldwide association of anti-doping organizations ripped the IOC a new one for its haste to reinstate the Russian National Olympic Committee. It says the interests of clean athletes have “no priority” for the IOC!

(3) ATHLETICS: Breakthrough at the Tokyo Marathon for American Amy Cragg, who took five minutes off her best and now ranks no. 5 in U.S. history!

(4) BASKETBALL: U.S. men’s national team made a mojito out of Cuba in latest World Cup qualifier, being played in Santa Cruz, California. Their next game is Monday night vs. Puerto Rico.

(5) WEIGHTLIFTING: New U.S. star Harrison Maurus won another U.S. Junior title, this time in a new weight class and upped his personal combined-lift best to almost 750 pounds!

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