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Why Lipinski, Not Kwan, Is Analyzing Olympic Skating

February 19th, 2018 · No Comments · Journalism, Olympics, Sports Journalism

Turns out, Tara Lipinski is a fine broadcast analyst at Olympic skating competition. But we might be looking at Michelle Kwan on NBC TV, instead of Lipinski, if the former had won an Olympics gold at some point in her long and productive career. As Lipinski did at Nagano 1998. Lipinski had a much shorter […]

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Who Gets to Claim Chloe Kim as a ‘Local’?

February 13th, 2018 · No Comments · Landon Donovan, Olympics, soccer, Sports Journalism

Not that it matters much anymore, with print journalism in collapse, but for fun we can revisit a topic that would have been of great interest to sports journalists of 10 or 20 years ago: Where is “home” to the latest great athlete? Like, say, Chloe Kim, snowboarding gold-medallist at the Pyeongchang Winter Games? Chloe […]

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Somewhere, Bonny Warner Was Smiling

February 10th, 2018 · No Comments · Olympics

I first interviewed Bonny Warner in February of 1984, a week before the Sarajevo Olympics. She grew up in Mount Baldy Village, a hamlet on the shoulder of the mountain, and went to school in San Bernardino County, where our newspaper circulated. So we snapped to attention when we realized that a college kid from […]

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Cold and the Winter Olympics

February 9th, 2018 · No Comments · Olympics, Sports Journalism

It ought to be, right? Cold. Plenty cold. Unpleasantly cold. It’s the Winter Olympics and we have sports based on snow and ice. Opening Ceremonies for the Pyeongchang Games were held tonight, in South Korea, and it did not look like a shorts-and-T-shirt sort of event, no. Well, duh. It seems the current generation of […]

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Winter Olympics: Once Is Enough

February 7th, 2018 · 1 Comment · Olympics

The Winter Olympics is an acquired taste. Unless you grew up where winter dominates life. Say, Russia. Norway. Lapland. Buffalo. The Winter Games generally are held in a city/town that is hard to get to (from places where people actually live) and feature a lot of winding mounting roads that either are icy or slushy. […]

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RIP, ‘Pocket Hercules’

November 22nd, 2017 · 1 Comment · Olympics

The first paragraphs went like this: “He stands five feet tall. “He weighs 132 pounds. “He can lift 418 pounds over his head. “His name is Naim Suleymanoglu, from Turkey, and pound for pound he is the strongest man in the history of the world.” That was the opening of my story on the featherweight […]

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2028 Los Angeles Olympics; Worth the Wait?

August 1st, 2017 · No Comments · Olympics, Paris

It’s final. Well, as soon as the rubber-stamp approval of International Olympic Committee voting members next month. But the top guys have agreed with the two cities that bid for the 2024 Games. The 2024 Olympics go to Paris. The 2028 Summer Games go to Los Angeles. Los Angeles will get $1.8 billion in cash […]

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The ‘Olympic Express’ and the Sarajevo 1984 Travel Nightmare

July 14th, 2017 · No Comments · Olympics, Road trip

I survived some ridiculous road trips as a professional journalist but nearly all of them were my own damn fault. The Saturday night/Sunday morning back-to-back football road games. (Tempe to Minneapolis by way of Dallas; Tuscaloosa to Houston by way of Atlanta.) Doable. Just. The 730-mile early January drive from San Bernardino to Grand Junction, […]

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Summer Olympics? L.A.’s Got This … Again

July 10th, 2017 · No Comments · Los Angeles, Olympics, Paris

I covered the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. (I was a teeny bit too young to see the 1932 L.A. Games, back when the Memorial Coliseum was “only” 11 years old.) And I can vouch that things went off quite well, in 1984. From Opening Ceremonies and the 84 grand pianos and right on down to […]

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Barcelona and Revisiting Main Site of the 1992 Summer Olympics

June 24th, 2017 · No Comments · Barcelona, NBA, Olympics, Spain, Sports Journalism

I first traveled to Barcelona in the summer of 1992 to help cover the Summer Olympics for Gannett News Service. I was very impressed with the place. It had charm. It had class. It organized a very fine Olympics. It seemed like a city people would want to see, if they knew about it. And […]

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