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

Squaw Valley and the 1960 Winter Olympics in Paintings

As the Winter Games in Sochi wind to a close this week, it got us thinking about one of the great American Olympic host cities, Squaw Valley. For the January 1961 issue, Playboy sent the artist LeRoy Neiman, to the California ski resort to capture the place's essence with his beautiful paintings. Enjoy the collection… » 2/20/14 3:38pm 2/20/14 3:38pm

Canada's Ladies Win Gold In Curling; Here's Where They Come From

With a 6-3 result over Sweden bringing home gold for captain Jennifer Jones's squad, Canada is exultant over their curling success. In the piece below, Adam Doster explores the culture they came from—it involves beer and pork hearts—by way of finding out just why curling is so much damn fun. » 2/20/14 11:36am 2/20/14 11:36am

Is A Crappy Under Armour Race Suit Slowing Down U.S. Speed Skating?

The U.S. has sucked something fierce in speed skating so far at Sochi. Through more than half of its races, Team USA still hasn't medaled. This is astonishing, because speed skating is traditionally one of the U.S.'s strongest winter sports. One explanation for the dip? As the Wall Street Journal first reported, it… » 2/13/14 7:29pm 2/13/14 7:29pm

Do Dominica's Adorable Skiers Deserve A Gold Medal In Tax Dodging?

There's plenty about the Winter Olympics to make a guy root for global warming: the so-called "Olympic tourists," for example. That's a tag applied to folks who have enough money and leisure time to make up for whatever talent deficiency kept them from competing for their real home country in the Games, and end up… » 2/13/14 6:51pm 2/13/14 6:51pm

Map: Where In America Can You Watch Canada's Great Olympic Coverage?

It's no secret that NBC's Olympic coverage kind of blows, especially compared to what our northern neighbors are getting. Leaving aside issues like lack of live coverage, schmaltzy human interest stories, and Bob Costas's eye, Canada simply gets more Olympics: 1,519 hours on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation… » 2/10/14 1:51pm 2/10/14 1:51pm

Olympic Halfpipe Is "Garbage," Snowboarders Report

Last week, ladies' downhill skiing was halted after three runs because one jump was dangerously large and hadn't been properly tested. But at least courseworkers were able to fix it. Meanwhile, the snowboard halfpipe is in terrible shape, and according to a Yahoo report, one rider says it's "unsalvageable." » 2/10/14 9:25am 2/10/14 9:25am

The Non-Skier's Guide To Ski Racing (And Ski Crashing)

Olympic skiing began this morning—men's downhill, airing on tape delay at 11 a.m.—and if you're like most viewers, you either watch the sport with quadrennial befuddlement or you change the channel entirely. As a former ski racer, and someone who started scooting around on skis at about the same time I was working out… » 2/09/14 10:30am 2/09/14 10:30am

Model Predicts That The U.S. Is Going To Dominate Sochi

We're nearly past the Opening Ceremony, so it's time to get serious: Who's going to win the Winter Olympics? Based on an analysis of economic and geographic data from participating countries through Winter Olympic history, Dan and Tim Graettinger have built out a model for medal performance at the games, and it looks… » 2/07/14 1:28pm 2/07/14 1:28pm