CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1994
For two weeks, we have been spoiled by the gallant acts of courage, sportsmanship, and competition. The world has come together, embraced by the sheer joy of the Olympic spirit. For two weeks we were one world, once again. But now that the majestic harmony of the Olympics has come to an end, it sure will be good to get back to the bloodshed in Bosnia, the endless fighting in the Middle East, the starvation in Somalia, and the senseless violence raging on here at home. Geez, was it just youthful optimism, or for a brief second, did I actually believe that the world could really get along together?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 1999
Leave it to ebullient ski racer Picabo Street to find an upbeat take on the scandal surrounding the selection of Salt Lake City for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. "It could be a blessing in disguise," she says. "Everybody's talking about the Olympics." Not that the 27-year-old Street, a double Olympic medal winner, has any sympathy for Salt Lake spreading lucre among International Olympic Committee members--a situation branded in an investigatory report as a "culture of gift-giving."
September 16, 2000
The Summer Olympics are not one man's opinion. They are 6 billion people's impressions. They are not one writer's predictions. They are what the athletes no one has ever heard of before Sydney do. They are not body suits designed to give more ad space to a shoe company that pays its employees starvation wages. They are all the athletes who will never get an endorsement contract. They are not the hype over what an American woman might do. They are the wonder of what an unknown will do. They are not politically correct.
January 28, 1998 |
One failed shootout apparently hasn't soured Paul Kariya on the Olympics, although he believes there are better ways to settle ties at the end of regulation. Despite losing the gold-medal game in a shootout to Sweden, Kariya calls the 1994 Lillehammer Games one of the highlights of his career. He can't wait to get to Nagano next month. "We were never expected to get that far," Kariya said of Team Canada's performance in Norway.
February 11, 2010 |
Chris Shaw, an ophthalmology professor at the University of British Columbia, has made no secret of his misgivings about the Olympic Games in his home city. The event is going to soak taxpayers and primarily benefit land developers who backed Vancouver's Olympic bid, he warned in several public forums and a book about the Olympics, "Five Ring Circus." Shaw was walking into his office several months ago when two plainclothes police officers approached him, one of them holding his book.
July 16, 1996 |
I used to laugh at even the notion of synchronized swimming. I still do. But now, thanks to the Internet, it's at least an informed laugh. The 1996 Olympic Games, starting Friday in Atlanta, is the first to occur since the rapid flowering of the Internet's most popular entity, the World Wide Web.