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Olympic Games news and analysis from The Nation
April 13, 2017
An Olympic-Sized Bribery Scandal Crashes Down on Rio’s Former Mayor Eduardo Paes
Eduardo Paes was supposed to be the future of Brazilian politics. Not anymore.
March 16, 2017
Here’s Why the US Women’s National Hockey Team Is Going on Strike
This is “a fight they don’t want, but must have.”
January 30, 2017
The Sports World Must Stand With Muslim Athletes
A year of triumph for Muslim sports heroes ends with a slap in the face from Donald Trump’s ban.
December 1, 2016
2016 in Sports: Joy and Resistance While the World Burned
The sports world was an oasis during an otherwise terrible year.
September 28, 2016
On the Passing of HBCU and Olympic Coaching Legend Ed Temple
He trained 40 black woman Olympians who won 23 Olympic medals, thirteen of them gold.
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September 14, 2016
Sports, Protest, and Risking Your Life: Interview With 2016 Olympic Medalist and Protester Feyisa Lilesa
Marathoner Feyisa Lilesa won a silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics for Ethiopia. Then he knowingly endangered his life by challenging Ethiopia to change.
August 25, 2016
This Rio Olympic Medalist Risked His Life to Show Solidarity
With one gesture, Ethiopian runner Feyisa Lilesa seized the Olympics spotlight and educated the world.
August 22, 2016
Now That the Games Are Over, the Real Olympic Drama Begins in Rio
The Olympics are over, but they have set the stage for a wider social conflict over the future of the city.
August 19, 2016
Do the Olympics Actually Make the World Less Healthy?
The Olympics bill themselves as celebrations of physical fitness, but often leave sickness and compromised health systems in their wake.
August 18, 2016
Ryan Lochte Is One of Many Privileged First-World Tourists—and Brazilians Are Fed Up
He seems to believe in the old imperial axiom that “there is no sin below the equator.”