The Sochi Olympics Were Even More Of A Boondoggle Than You thought

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, were a scam from the very start. Sochi is a resort city with mild weather that had nothing close to the infrastructure necessary to host the Olympics, yet the initial budget was only $12 billion dollars. In comparison, the budget for the 2010 Winter Olympics—held in the much… » 2/05/15 11:40pm 2/05/15 11:40pm

Why Olympic Mascots Are Always So Goddamn Creepy

Every two years, the world takes part in a figurative dance that's been decades in the making. First, it's the iconic passing of the torch. Then, an epic, national-pride-filled opening ceremony. And, finally, it's the moment we've all been waiting for. The holiest and most timeless of Olympic traditions: It's time to… » 2/12/14 3:20pm 2/12/14 3:20pm

Lindsey Vonn Will Not Compete In The Winter Olympics

U.S. Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn announced this morning that she will not be competing in the upcoming Winter Olympics because of a sprained MCL in her right knee. Vonn hurt her knee while skiing off course at a World Cup event in December. In November, Vonn partially tore her surgically repaired ACL in the same knee. » 1/07/14 9:40am 1/07/14 9:40am

Oh Look, Russia Is Brutalizing Its Olympic Migrant Workers

While we're all still worked up about Qatar's blatant mistreatment of the many thousands of migrant workers who will soon begin building infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup, here's a reminder that Qatar doesn't have the market cornered on turning international sporting events into humanitarian crises. Russia can… » 10/03/13 5:12pm 10/03/13 5:12pm

Worried About The Sochi Weather, Russia Has Begun Hoarding Snow For The Olympics

With the Olympics serving, in a larger geopolitical sense, as a jingoistic opportunity to laugh at everything that goes wrong, host cities sure spend a lot of time and money on the one thing they can't actually control: the weather. China reportedly seeded clouds before the 2008 games, so they'd expend their rain… » 3/27/13 11:21am 3/27/13 11:21am

The IOC Was This Close To Owning Santa Claus

Saturday, the Russian Olympic Committee announced the results of voting for the 2014 Olympic mascots. (They picked a snowboarding snow leopard, and a fluffy bunny and cheerful bear. They're boring.) But one of the 10 nominees didn't even make it to voting. Ded Moroz ("Father Frost"), the Russian version of Santa… » 2/28/11 4:40pm 2/28/11 4:40pm