Boston Bars City Employees From Criticizing The Olympics

Nobody who lives in Boston actually wants the city to win its bid for the 2024 Olympic games. And yet, in a joinder agreement between the city and the United States Olympic Committee, mayor Marty Walsh has signed a contract that forbids city employees from speaking negatively about the big, the IOC, or the Olympic… » 1/21/15 5:15pm Wednesday 5:15pm

The Olympics Are Broken and Boston Can't Fix Them 

Last week, the United States Olympic Committee chose Boston as tribute to bid for the 2024 Olympics. Many Bostonians were not super happy about it, and it's easy to see why. The prospect of footing the bill for a $4.5 billion party excites very few cities these days. Boston winning the games could be a major loss for… » 1/13/15 11:07am 1/13/15 11:07am

U.S. Olympic Committee Selects Boston To Bid For The 2024 Olympics

The U.S. Olympic Committee announced Thursday that it had selected Boston to represent the United States in bidding for the 2024 Olympics. Boston's bid beat out those from Washington, San Francisco/Bay Area, and Los Angeles. Boston still has a long way to go, of course, before it can actually be chosen to host the… » 1/08/15 7:02pm 1/08/15 7:02pm

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

The Fight Over Tokyo's Olympic Stadium Is Getting Very, Very Ugly 

We already knew that Japanese architects (and the public) are no fans of Zaha Hadid's massive Olympic stadium—they've been protesting the design for a year. But last month things escalated—rapidly—when a whole slew of new insults emerged, and now, Hadid has responded. It's pretty bad! » 12/10/14 6:31pm 12/10/14 6:31pm

Sweeping New Olympic Rules Hope to Fix the Broken Games

With few cities willing to host them, the Olympics are in trouble. And with ongoing allegations of fraud and incompetence, the International Olympic Committee is in even more trouble. Today, the IOC approved dozens of new rules that attempt to address the expense and mismanagement of the Games. » 12/08/14 6:51pm 12/08/14 6:51pm

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

Anxious About The World's Most Dominant Gymnast? Blame It On Rio.

A year and a half ago, Simone Biles was a last-minute substitute at the 2013 American Cup. There she placed second behind 2011 junior national champion Katelyn Ohashi after losing an early lead with a fall from the beam. At that meet, Biles couldn't win with a fall. But at this weekend's national championship in… » 8/26/14 9:29am 8/26/14 9:29am

Just Six Months After the Olympics, Sochi Looks Like a Ghost Town

It's been almost exactly six months since the Sochi Olympics wrapped up and the world promptly moved on to speculating about the Rio 2016. Since then, the area has been left holding the proverbial bag—which as Russian photographer Alexander Belenkiy shows us, is full of too many buildings and not enough people to… » 8/25/14 5:08pm 8/25/14 5:08pm

Women Can Swim Long Distances Just Fine, So Why Aren't We Allowed To?

While the Olympics aren't fresh on the mind for some (not me; I actually never stop thinking about them), some recent particularly impressive distance swimming has prompted the question of why female swimmers competing in the Olympics swim 800 meters of freestyle instead of 1,500 meters, the way the men do. » 8/12/14 11:45am 8/12/14 11:45am

How Vacant World Cup Stadiums Could Be Turned Into Housing

The World Cup ends this weekend, leaving Brazil with the heady task of deciding what, exactly, to do with the 12 stadiums that were built or converted for games. Two architects have published a proposal to convert the stadiums into something Brazil desperately needs: Affordable housing. » 7/11/14 4:15pm 7/11/14 4:15pm

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

Nobody Wants To Host The 2022 Olympics

The next Olympics to be awarded, a little more than a year from now, will be the 2022 Winter Games. Rather than going to the strongest bid, the games may end up going to the last city standing—a long list of potential hosts have given up on their Olympic dreams because the whole thing is one huge, useless waste of… » 5/27/14 2:48pm 5/27/14 2:48pm

Graphic: Smug 1913 Looks Back On The Crappy Athletes Of The 1890s

One of the many joys of the Olympics is the opportunity they give us to point and laugh at the slower, lower, and weaker athletes of yesteryear. As it turns out, this exercise in smugness is nearly as old as the games themselves. The diagrams above—from a 1913 edition of the Evening World—showcase some "modern"… » 5/26/14 11:56am 5/26/14 11:56am