Olympic athletes

The Olympics: Just Games?

For the Chinese, the Olympics have always been something more than just games: the longstanding medal-oriented ideology has linked sports achievements to national glory. As the 2012 London Olympics loom, although the national...

Olympic Homecoming

From China News Agency: September 3: Riding in a special police vehicle, Olympic heroes were welcomed back home to Nanchang City, Jiangxi. Thousands came out to greet “The Pride of Jiangxi.”

Nine German Olympians Protest Chinese Politics

From AP: Nine German Olympians have posed with pictures of Chinese dissidents held up in front of their faces to protest the country’s politics. The nine responded to a Suddeutsche Zeitung magazine request sent out to 200...

Athletes Banned From Beijing Opening Ceremony

From ABC News: Athletics Australia says its Olympians will not march in the opening ceremony at Beijing because of concern for athletes’ health and welfare. It is usual for swimmers and cyclists to miss out on marching...

1980 Boycott Damaged Only Athletes

What lessons can be learned from the more than 50 country boycott of the Moscow Olympic Games of 1980? The protest movement was led by American President Jimmy Carter to punish the Soviets for invading Afghanistan, but the...

Officials Proud of Olympic Village, Mum on Security

Tim Johnson, Beijing bureau chief for McLatchy newspapers was among a cadre of Western reporters invited to tour the recently finished Olympic Village where visiting athletes will live during the games. He was impressed with the...

China Tempers Olympic Medal Expectations

A bid from the upper reaches of China’s athletic power structure to reduce the likelihood of mass psychological break-down for China’s Olympic team, from AP via the New York Times: Deputy Sports Minister Cui Dalin...

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