Category Archives: olympics

Sports history files: Grappling with an uncertain fate

TweetFor all of the conflicts between them — currently and over many decades — the United States and Russia have come together in recent months without hesitation over a single, perhaps surprising matter:
Preserving wrestling in the Olympics.
For the Americans, the strange bedfellow association extends to Iran, another powerhouse nation in a sport that the International [...]

40 Years After the Munich Massacre

TweetThe International Olympic Committee earned plenty of scorn — deserved, I think — for its refusal in London this summer to commemorate the 11 Israeli athletes slain during the 1972 Munich Games, not least of all from some of the widows.
Political sensitivities obviously informed that decision, and persistent claims of West German appeasement of Palestinian [...]

What they wrote about USA-Canada

TweetSince I can’t come up with anything terribly profound to say after Monday’s women’s Olympic soccer epic between the U.S. and Canada, I’ll link here this morning to those who were there and had the daunting duty of putting together words to describe it.
After last year’s comeback victory by the Americans over Brazil in the [...]

The missing eye of the Olympics

TweetThe Olympics have just started, and I can’t wait for them to end.
That’s what I have thought over the years watching the Opening Ceremonies and first few days of the Games.
But not for the reason you may imagine.
I’ve always wanted the Olympics to hurry up and get over so Bud Greenspan could complete his amazing [...]