Topic: olympics

February 25, 2014

The Olympic Games are invariably expensive, and defined by their hugeness. But, as the author learned while working on the 2008 Beijing Games, they are made of many small things. Very small ones.

February 21, 2014

Some notes from Sochi, including but not limited to happy-drunk Estonians, the Utah Jazz hats of Sochi, a surprise visit by Xzibit, and where snow comes from in 60-degree weather.

February 14, 2014

More updates from Sochi, regarding Canadian media, the heated underground economy in Olympic pins, the persistence of 4 Non-Blondes, and a slogan so spectacularly vacuous that it comes all the way back around to profundity.

February 12, 2014

A frank conversation about Sochi's extravagantly and ridiculously messed-up facilities and logistics, and the numerous and more egregiously messed-up things that explain those more cosmetic problems, and how we talk about all of it.

February 10, 2014

Our Sochi correspondent checks in with sketches on living, working, slurping eel soup, and destroying bathroom doors at the Winter Olympics.

February 7, 2014

Every Winter Olympics, everyone loves curling, and then mostly forgets about it. But this weirdly collegial, beer-powered sport never really stops. From The Classical Magazine's "Being There" issue.

January 8, 2014

China is trying to build a golf program that can win the country Olympic gold. It's worked for China in diving and gymnastics, but this time—and this sport—just seem like a different story.

September 10, 2013

... and that's totally okay, and maybe even a good thing for one of the world's greatest (and most complicated) cities.

June 10, 2013

Most of us have a pretty good idea of what we think Ultimate Frisbee is. Even if it may not be entirely accurate or unbiased, it's stayed the same since the sport started in 1967. But, as money enters the picture, and Olympic dreams begin to grow, the sport has begun to change in a way that not even those involved totally understand. 

February 19, 2013

What Oscar Pistorius is alleged to have done in South Africa is horrible. But it's only difficult to believe if we believe the stories we're sold so recklessly during events like the Olympics. Turn off the volume, and the story is a lot smaller, and different.