The Four U.S. Cities That Want to Host the 2024 Olympics

This month, the board of directors of the US Olympic Committee approved America's bid for the summer Olympics in 2024—the first step in the long process of competing for the right to host the games. And it named four cities as the final bidders: LA, San Francisco, Boston, and D.C. » 12/29/14 11:07am 12/29/14 11:07am

IAAF, IOC: Indian Woman Not Woman Enough To Compete In Track

Approaching the 2014 Commonwealth Games in July, India announced that it had pared the provisional list of its national track and field team from 41 to 32. Six of the athletes cut were from the men's 4-by-100 relay team, which was complete crap; another was a controversial triple jumper. But only after prodding by the… » 10/07/14 4:34pm 10/07/14 4:34pm

Seriously, Nobody Wants To Host The 2022 Olympics

Norway's ruling party just voted against funding Oslo's 2022 Winter Olympics bid, essentially forcing the city to drop out of the race. It's just the latest in a long series of cities and countries who have given an emphatic "no" to hosting the Olympic quagmire. » 10/01/14 1:42pm 10/01/14 1:42pm

Three Cities That Didn't Drop Out All Named 2022 Olympic Host Finalists

The 2022 Winter Olympics will be held in either Oslo, Norway, Beijing, China, or Almaty, Kazakhstan. Trimming the list of potential host cities to three finalists was easy enough for the IOC, because the other five all decided they don't want the Olympics. (And Oslo is expected to drop out within a couple of months.) » 7/08/14 12:06pm 7/08/14 12:06pm

Why Would Any Country Host the World Cup?

There should be a sense of pride and revelry overtaking the nation of Brazil, where the World Cup starts today. Yet residents in cities across the country are protesting with transit strikes and tent occupations, hoping to draw attention to the extreme costs and unfinished facilities stunting the sluggish economy. » 6/12/14 2:13pm 6/12/14 2:13pm

The IOC Is Ruining the Olympics, But Rio Could Save Them

The International Olympic Committee is having a bad month. No one wants to host the 2022 Olympics. The organization's obnoxious public haranguing has turned Rio into a media circus. Its World Cup counterpart, FiFA, is being investigated for insane bribery allegations. And ultimately, the IOC has got no one to blame… » 6/06/14 2:57pm 6/06/14 2:57pm

IOC Declared A "Red Alert" On Sochi's Unfinished Hotels In September

Many accommodations in the Sochi area simply weren't ready for the thousands of visitors and journalists who arrived earlier this month. It sounds like it could have been even worse, if not for the IOC forcing the Russians to kick things into overdrive last fall. » 2/17/14 2:34pm 2/17/14 2:34pm

NBC Edits Out IOC Anti-Discrimination Statement From Opening Ceremony

Russia's anti-gay laws have been a major focus in the lead-up to the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, and during his address at today's opening ceremony IOC president Thomas Bach made a strong statement against "any form of discrimination" and in favor of tolerance. Viewers worldwide heard the statement; NBC viewers in… » 2/07/14 11:34pm 2/07/14 11:34pm

IOC Forces U.S. Olympic Goalie To Take Constitution Off Mask

That up there was the mask U.S. women's hockey goalie Jessie Vetter was going to wear at the Sochi Olympics. At least until the IOC forced her to take an image of the Constitution off the back. » 1/16/14 3:03pm 1/16/14 3:03pm

American Football Gains IOC Recognition

The International Olympic Committee officially granted provisional recognition to the International Federation of American Football. This does not mean football will be an Olympic sport—but it's a necessary first step. » 12/10/13 3:09pm 12/10/13 3:09pm

Who Will Host The 2020 Olympics?

Tomorrow at 4 p.m. EDT, the IOC will announce the host city for the 2020 Olympic Games. Though that seems like so far away and you will be old and incontinent by then, it seems worth handicapping the three candidates. » 9/06/13 2:30pm 9/06/13 2:30pm

Lindsey Vonn Had To Take A Drug Test While At An Awards Show

According to a report from the New York Post, Olympic skier and drunk Tiger Woods wrangler Lindsey Vonn was ambushed by drug testers from the International Olympic Committee while at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards (sounds made up), and was forced to take a drug test on the spot. » 6/05/13 12:50pm 6/05/13 12:50pm

Wrestling Is Closer To Getting Back In The Olympics (Baseball Too!)

In February it was announced that wrestling would be dropped from the Olympics starting in 2020. But at a meeting of the IOC executive board today, three sports were shortlisted to gain inclusion beginning at those same 2020 games—and good old wrestling is among them. » 5/29/13 2:45pm 5/29/13 2:45pm

How Can Wrestling Stay In The Olympics? Let's Start With Vacations And…

So how can wrestling save itself from extinction as an Olympic sport? Maybe it needs to start bribing the shit out of members of the International Olympic Committee, preferably with vacations and hookers. » 2/14/13 2:30pm 2/14/13 2:30pm

The IOC Eliminates Wrestling From The 2020 Olympics, For Some Reason

Yesterday, members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) convened in order to decide which of the 26 core Olympic sports would be dropped from the 2020 summer games in order to make room for the inclusion of a new sport. Everybody thought that the IOC was going to bring the axe down on modern pentathlon,… » 2/12/13 10:20am 2/12/13 10:20am

A Reminder That Everything About The Olympics Is Always Corrupt

Forget the NCAA—the biggest amateur athletics scam going is the Olympic Games. The best sportsmen, sportswomen, and sportschildren in the world, all conveniently paid in "glory" and "pride" instead of money. And the Games make money, plenty of it. But a host city has never once shown a profit. So in the end, the… » 6/18/12 10:20am 6/18/12 10:20am

The U.S. Is Not Even Trying To Host The Olympics Anymore

"America's next chance to host an Olympics would be the 2022 Winter Games. Denver and the Reno/Tahoe area have expressed interest, though the USOC would put the same caveats on a bid for those games—that there would be no attempt unless the revenue-sharing deal is worked out and the relationship with the IOC… » 8/22/11 4:40pm 8/22/11 4:40pm

Who Will Get The 2018 Olympics?

Tomorrow at 11am EDT, the IOC will announce the host city for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Seeing as how those Games may come around before we ever see the NBA or NFL again, I thought it would be instructive to examine each prospective host's bid. And I'll be doing this the right way: with no research whatsoever. » 7/05/11 3:25pm 7/05/11 3:25pm

Is The London Olympic Logo A Zionist Conspiracy, Or Is It Just Lisa…

There are two dominant conspiracies behind the London Olympics logo, which, if you ask Iranians and Simpsons enthusiasts, is trying suspiciously hard to be just ugly blocky numbers spelling out the year "2012." The Lisa Simpson and "Zion" theories, as well as a swastika interpretation, emerged when the logo was… » 2/28/11 6:30pm 2/28/11 6:30pm

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