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News, Your Humble Narrator The Most Dangerous Games: The Madness of Hosting Big Events like the World Cup or Olympics

The Most Dangerous Games: The Madness of Hosting Big Events like the World Cup or Olympics

In the 1982 film Fitzcarraldo, the titular character is possessed by a feverish, insatiable, maniacal dream: to erect an opera house deep within the heart of the Amazon. His descent into madness is actually marked by an ascent. Exploiting the…
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News, Matt Smith This Is Your Sport,  on Dope

This Is Your Sport, on Dope

One evening 20 years ago, about two dozen 18-year-olds and I sat in a drab U.S. Olympic Training Center dormitory, listening to our back-slapping, father-figure cycling coach tell tales of a wondrous imagined future. The U.S. coaching squad had obtained…
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