Why Russia’s Olympic Doping Scheme Merits Banning the Country from Rio
The legacy of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics continues to evolve. Observers may remember that what started as a PR mess for its Russian hosts turned into a startlingly dominant display of athletic dominance by the conclusion of the games. The …
Can’t Miss World Go Elsewhere?
Today’s installment of my “Oslo Journal” features Anastasia Lin, who is something rare: actress, beauty queen, human-rights advocate. A Chinese-born immigrant to Canada, she was crowned Miss World Canada last year. But she could not compete in the international …
I hate to ask you to read old pieces. But sometimes what’s old is new again. Today, on the homepage, we’re republishing a longish piece I wrote for the magazine in the summer of 2008: “The Road to Beijing: …
American Smallness, Cont.
Dinky, dinky, dinky. Tiny, tiny, tiny. Shrinking, shrinking, shrinking . . . “Look, honey, I shrunk America!”
I appreciated my man Pat Brennan’s post, below. It makes a lot of sense. Yet I have a rant within me, and I’m going …
I’m sorry that Boston rejected the idea of hosting the Olympics. I think it’s a victory for American smallness. Americans should host the Olympics, and want to host them. We’re a big power. We’re a natural …
Poorly attended news conferences, a meager global social media footprint and lack of much obvious enthusiasm on the ground; Beijing looks like an improbable front-runner to win the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. With Oslo dropping out of …
Are We Headed to Another Terrorized Olympic Games?
Do you get the feeling that U.S. intelligence and national security authorities are expecting something bad to happen at the Olympics in Sochi?
Defense Secretary Hagel: In the event Americans need to be extracted from Sochi, U.S. will …
Uh-Oh: More Than 200 Doctors Call for Moving or Postponing Rio Olympics
This is unnerving: About 200 doctors, most of whom are affiliated with big-name, respected institutions and who don’t appear to be paranoid nut-jobs, want the upcoming summer Olympic games to be postponed or relocated from Rio de Janeiro, citing the risks …
Hosting the Olympics: Hamburgers Don’t Bite
In yet another reminder that the Olympics and democracy don’t fit very well together, voters in Hamburg have just rejected the idea that their city should volunteer to host the games.
Residents of the German city of …
The Road to Beijing: On Holding the Olympics in a Police State
Editor’s note: Last week, the International Olympic Committee awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics to Beijing. In light of that announcement, we are republishing Jay Nordlinger’s preview of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, from the June 2, 2008, issue of NR.
The Beijing …
Why America Shouldn’t Bid for the Olympics
Jay laments below that the Boston bid — and possibly the U.S. bid, period — for the 2024 Olympics has been abandoned. A country as great as the U.S. should regularly host the Summer Olympics, which it now will …
Athens of America Rejects the Olympics, Because Democracy Won
The U.S. Olympic Committee announced today that it’s killing Boston’s bid for the 2024 Olympics, after a few days in which the two key local political players — liberal mayor Marty Walsh and moderate Republican governor Charlie Baker — were …
Do NBC Sports Anchors Know Anything About Communism?
From the first Morning Jolt of the week:
Communism Was the Worst Mistake in Human History. Do NBC Sports Anchors Know This?
What you think depends upon what you know.
You’re a smart, well-read, well-educated audience. (And handsome, too!) …