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In The News
December 20th, 2014

After Recent Failures, USOC Will Bid For 2024 Summer Olympics

The U.S. was unsuccessful in its bids to host the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics. After choosing not to bid for the 2020 Games, the U.S. Olympic Committee is making a pitch for 2024. Reporter Curt Nickisch explains how four U.S. cities plan to wow the world — on the cheap.

Commentary
December 10th, 2014

Olympic Hosting Not Without Peril

“A mad indulgence and a glorious spectacle” — hosting the Olympic Games can bring a city both prestige and problems. Bill Littlefield believes the representatives of cities vying to host the 2024 Summer Games should recognize both sides.

Feature
November 22nd, 2014
By Martin Kessler

With Olympians Back, Boston Teams Chase Glory In Women’s Hockey

In the 14-year history of the NCAA women’s ice hockey championship, no team from Boston has won a title. With five Olympians back from Sochi, the city now has three teams ranked in the top 10 and a chance to earn that first championship.

In Depth
August 16th, 2014

Why Olympic Skiers And Snowboarders Are Training In The Ocean

A group of Olympian skiers and snowboarders are diving dozens of feet under water and holding their breath for several minutes. The idea? Learning how to stay calm under pressure. The Wall Street Journal’s Matthew Futterman joins Bill Littlefield to explain.

Only A Blog
July 22nd, 2014

Commonwealth Games: More Than A Mirror Of Olympic Sports Schedule

The Commonwealth Games have many of the events you see in the Olympics — and many you don’t. And this year, Commonwealth Games spectators will get a glimpse of some things on the horizon for the Olympics. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou reports from Glasgow.

Feature
April 19th, 2014
By Charlie Schroeder

Hong Kong Rugby Sevens Tourney Offers Olympic Preview

Rugby Sevens makes its debut at the 2016 Summer Olympics. It’s a fast-paced, often high-scoring version of the game, with seven players a side, not the usual 15. Charlie Schroeder visits one of the world’s biggest “sevens” tournaments in Hong Kong.

Feature
April 5th, 2014
By Lauren Ober

Defying Olympic Odds, ‘Grandma Luge’ Makes Archery Bid

Making the Olympics is pretty difficult. Sexagenarian Anne Abernathy has already done that six times. She’s training against the odds to make it again, but this time in a sport she’s just picked up: archery. Lauren Ober brings us this story.

In the news
March 8th, 2014

Paralympics: Keeping Politics Out Of Sports

Now that the Olympics are over, the Paralympics in Sochi have begun. Bill Littlefield is joined by Craig Spence of the International Paralympic Committee to discuss how the crisis in Ukraine is–and isn’t–impacting the event.

In the news
February 22nd, 2014

Spectator Etiquette: To Cheer Or Not To Cheer

Each sport has its own set of rules for spectators. The New York Time’s Sam Dolnick has been covering the Olympics, and he joins Bill to explain the trouble Russian fans have had in understanding the rules of cheering in the sport of biathlon.

Feature
February 22nd, 2014
By Jessica Golloher

Sochi’s Stray Dog Controversy

Activists have criticized Russia’s handling of stray dogs in Sochi and say the animals are not being treated humanely. Jessica Golloher brings us the story from Sochi.

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