olympics

Give The Olympics To Los Angeles

The news that Boston no longer wants to host the 2024 Summer Olympics isn’t really a shock. Few cities these days do. But the Olympics don’t have to be bad for the host city — and done right, they can actually benefit it. Nowhere is that clearer than Los Angeles, the new frontrunner for 2024. The Olympics would be good for LA, and even more importantly — LA will be good for the Olympics.


Boston May Refuse To Bid For The Olympics

In what the AP calls a “hastily called news conference” this morning, Boston mayor Marty Walsh announced that the city will “refuse” to sign its host city contract unless he can be sure taxpayers won’t be paying for cost overruns.


Seats From Tokyo's Demolished Olympic Stadium Sold As Minimalist Chairs

As you may have heard, Tokyo scrapped plans last week for its pricy $US2 billion stadium for the 2020 Summer Olympics. It’s a big mess, not least because the city’s existing, historic stadium from the 1964 Olympic Games had been destroyed to make room for this ugly new one. But now? Seats from that ’60s venue have been repurposed into minimalist chairs for your own home.


The Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Expands As Though It's Floating When Lit 

The biggest question on everyone’s lips about the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro is whether or not they will be a huge disaster like Sochi. But at least we now know that the torch will be pretty neat, automatically expanding to reveal a series of coloured sections as soon as it’s lit.


Can An Olympic Cyclist Cycle Hard Enough To Toast Bread?

It’s an easy joke to say that you can power your electronics by just getting on a hamster wheel or riding a bike but the truth is, it’s really, really tough to do in real time. And we’re not even Olympic athletes. German track cyclist Robert Förstemann is and even with his watermelon-sized thighs, he said his legs “hurts hard” and that it’s “fucking hard” to power up a toaster.


No One Wants The Olympics, Part No. 546

Remember a few months back when Boston proudly threw its tri-cornered hat into the ring to bid for the 2024 Olympics? Well, there are plenty of Bostonians among those who would really rather not with the Olympics. And now, they’re going to get a say. Democracy!


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 $US4.5 billion party excites very few cities these days. Boston winning the games could be a major loss for the city — and it definitely won’t fix the bigger problem with the Olympics.


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 have 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!


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.


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 town of Sochi 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 occupy them.