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 the … » 2/07/14 11:34pm 2/07/14 11:34pm

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

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 world's… » 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 improves."… » 8/22/11 4:40pm 8/22/11 4:40pm

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 first… » 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 Claus,… » 2/28/11 4:40pm 2/28/11 4:40pm

Nine Chinese Figure Skaters May Not Be The Age China Said They Were

After the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the IOC launched an investigation into the ages of China's women's gymnastics team, because it seemed very possible that a few members were not women at all, but actually pre-adolescent girls. The '08 gymnasts were eventually cleared, but it came out that a '00 Olympian gymnast — Dong… » 2/14/11 2:15pm 2/14/11 2:15pm

IOC Keeps Stuffing Its Head Up Its Ass With Doping Policy

When athletes blame failed drug tests on protein supplements, I usually call bullshit. But in this story, U.S. swimmer Jessica Hardy missed the '08 Olympics because of a nutritional supplement, and now, she may also miss the London Games. This is bullshit! » 11/11/10 7:43pm 11/11/10 7:43pm

Nothing To See Here, Please Disperse...Or Is There?

Still spooked by the scary ramifications of uncovering an embarrassing scandal, the IOC said it had officially completed its age investigation of the Chinese gymnastics team. The verdict: totally legit » 8/22/08 9:30am 8/22/08 9:30am. Really. Hmm. Of course many parents of the Chinese gymnasts are "indignant" about the suggestion that their kids are…