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U.S. Track Relay Teams and that Slippery Baton

August 19th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Beijing Olympics, Olympics, Rio Olympics

Apparently, USA Track and Field doesn’t care that it cannot come up with sprint-relay teams who can get a baton around a track. Any time the U.S. has a quartet of sprinters — male or female — running in a major event, American fans who have been paying attention know they may soon need to […]

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Bolt Fatigue

August 14th, 2016 · No Comments · Beijing Olympics, Olympics, Rio Olympics

I was in the stadium when Usain Bolt of Jamaica won his first Olympic gold medal — at the Bird’s Nest in Beijing 2008. He is up to seven Olympic golds now, including three successive 100-meter triumphs, and I’m getting tired of him and the formulaic post-race routine he has been inflicting on us for […]

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Phelps, Biles and What Body Types Mean in Sports

August 9th, 2016 · No Comments · Beijing Olympics, Rio Olympics

Nature or nurture? How important is the body you were born with, when it comes to sports excellence? Is it crucial? Or is it just one factor in a big bag of factors? The successes at the Rio 2016 Olympics tonight of American gymnast Simone Biles and American swimmer Michael Phelps, each of whom reinforced […]

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Eight Summer Olympics Is Enough

August 3rd, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Baseball, Basketball, Beijing Olympics, Dodgers, Football, Journalism, Lakers, London 2012, NBA, Newspapers, Olympics, Rio Olympics, soccer, Sports Journalism, The National, UAE, World Cup

Rio 2016 is the first Summer Olympics I will not attend since Moscow 1980. Yes, it was a good run. I made it to eight consecutive Summer Games. Beginning with Los Angeles 1984 and continuing with Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012. The first four with […]

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10,000 Japanese Do Beethoven’s Ninth

September 4th, 2015 · No Comments · Beijing Olympics

This is one of those random events you sometimes experience on YouTube. You begin by looking for one thing, and then you follow a few more, and in not all that many minutes you stumble across something you didn’t plan to play — and didn’t know existed. Such as 10,000 Japanese performing the fourth movement […]

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Usain Bolt, Track and Doping

August 21st, 2015 · 1 Comment · Beijing Olympics, London 2012

Here we are at another World Championship of Athletics, the second-biggest event in what Americans call “track and field”. And another round of Usain Bolt setting world records? The 100 meters on Sunday and the 200 on August 29? I still have not come to terms with the records he already has because of the […]

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Beijing and Air Pollution

January 14th, 2015 · No Comments · Beijing Olympics, UAE

I was in China’s capital for about three weeks in 2008, before and after the Olympics, and I was deeply impressed by how awful the air was. The sun was, as I wrote back then: “a pale rumor in leaden skies.” Like nothing I had ever seen in Los Angeles, where I spent my first […]

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Who Was No. 1? Three Letters: U-S-A

August 12th, 2012 · No Comments · Beijing Olympics, London 2012, Olympics

I know this is not ecumenical. I know it’s retro. But I am a child of the Cold War, and we treasured Olympic medals like … well, gold … back then, and kept close tabs of where they went. And I have never given it up. I am always aware of who leads the medals […]

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Usain Bolt and Saving Track and Field

August 5th, 2012 · No Comments · Basketball, Beijing Olympics, London 2012, Olympics, soccer, Sports Journalism

You hear this, now and then. And I did the other day on BBC. Or maybe it was Al Jazeera, here in the Gulf. That Usain Bolt, sprinter from Jamaica, “saved” track and field. Perhaps kept it from going extinct? Is that what “saved” means? Which is silly, of course. Track and field now is […]

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Opening Ceremonies: See if You Can Fathom It

July 27th, 2012 · 5 Comments · Beijing Olympics, London 2012, Olympics, Sports Journalism

A few hours ago, I watched the entirety of the Opening Ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympics. I was more than a bit surprised to last the 3 hours and 50 minutes, running till 12:46 a.m., here in England, considering I was alternately bored and puzzled. It must have been the caffeine in the diet […]

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