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Athens: The Beauty Of Playfulness, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 2004

Athens: The Beauty Of Playfulness, Richard C. Crepeau

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Amidst the controversies, the crass commercialism, and the artificiality of the staged teledrama of the Olympics, the main point can too easily get lost. This is a sporting event involving athletes seeking to perform at the highest level, individually or as a team, as they compete against one another, themselves, and the challenges of the sport. What this offers is a drama of its own, showcasing the sporting spirit and offering each of us a window on the possibilities of human achievement.


Olympic Impressions: Drugs, Judging, High Quality Hockey, Richard C. Crepeau Feb 2002

Olympic Impressions: Drugs, Judging, High Quality Hockey, Richard C. Crepeau

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Looking back on the two plus weeks of the Winter Olympics a number of things stand out. As I have noted here this was an extraordinary experience for me as I had never been to any Olympics before. Beyond that I would like to look at three areas that seem of some significance to me.


The Mormons, The Olympics, The Fans, And The Venues, Richard C. Crepeau Feb 2002

The Mormons, The Olympics, The Fans, And The Venues, Richard C. Crepeau

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The opportunity to attend the Winter Olympics was something I never really thought I would have, but due to a number of coincidental circumstances and the generosity of friends I was able to attend the first ten days of the games.


The Olympics On Tv And Live And In Person, Richard C. Crepeau Feb 2002

The Olympics On Tv And Live And In Person, Richard C. Crepeau

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The Olympic experience in person is considerably, perhaps even radically, different from the Olympic experience on television, especially American television. NBC's "virtually live" Olympics, which we were told was necessary during the games from Sydney because of the great time difference, continues at the Winter Games for some complex of other bogus reasons offered up by NBC.


Ski Jumping At The Olympics, Richard C. Crepeau Feb 2002

Ski Jumping At The Olympics, Richard C. Crepeau

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The first thing that you need to know coming from Florida is that it is called the Winter Olympics because it takes place in the winter. Therefore it is cold. At times it is bitterly cold, but most of the time it is just cold. As this was my first Olympics and the Winter Games are my favorite none of this mattered as we headed off for Olympic Park and the 90m ski jumping competition on Sunday.


The Sydney Games And Cathy Freeman Overshadow The Corruption And Distortion, Richard C. Crepeau Oct 2000

The Sydney Games And Cathy Freeman Overshadow The Corruption And Distortion, Richard C. Crepeau

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The Sydney Olympics, like all those before it, had both its wonderful moments and its controversies. For Sydney undoubtedly the defining moment occurred when Cathy Freeman took the gold medal in the 400-meter race. A nation stopped and gave its undivided attention as one of its citizens of aboriginal origin ran away from the field. The 110,000 fans in Olympic Stadium cheered wildly, thousands just outside the stadium watching on a large screen television did the same, and in downtown Sydney yet another large vocal crowd screamed in joy at the sight of Freeman's exquisite run. As if ...


Australia's Olympics Of Yesterday Today, Richard C. Crepeau Sep 2000

Australia's Olympics Of Yesterday Today, Richard C. Crepeau

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It was last Friday and the Olympic Games were about to begin. Little did I know that the time-space continuum was about to collapse in upon me.


Is Sydney Ready For The Olymics And Are The Olympians Ready For Sydney?, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 2000

Is Sydney Ready For The Olymics And Are The Olympians Ready For Sydney?, Richard C. Crepeau

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It is now less than a month from the opening of the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, where it will be winter when the games begin and spring when they end. It will be fall in the Northern Hemisphere before the games end, and summer nowhere, expect perhaps in Lausanne where the sun always shines at the Court of Juan Antonio the Great.


Olympic Scandal, Richard C. Crepeau Jan 1999

Olympic Scandal, Richard C. Crepeau

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What was being called the Salt Lake City Olympic Scandal and is now clearly the all-world Olympic Scandal is a shock to very few people. Rumors, newspaper articles, and books have all previously raised these issues including some of the more spectacular details. I have in the back of my mind the recollection of a charge that an Olympic official was given a heart transplant, perhaps for a relative, by world renowned heart surgeon Michael DeBakey.


Nbc's Version Of The Women's Olympics, Richard C. Crepeau Aug 1996

Nbc's Version Of The Women's Olympics, Richard C. Crepeau

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It was being touted as the Women's Olympics even before it started. As the games proceeded and especially as the U.S. Women turned in excellent performances the claim that this was the Year of the Woman at the Olympics was reinforced. But what did that mean?


Olympic Games: Bombs, U.S. Women's Soccer, Ethiopian Runners, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 1996

Olympic Games: Bombs, U.S. Women's Soccer, Ethiopian Runners, Richard C. Crepeau

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The Olympic games took one of those nasty, although not totally unexpected twists, Friday night. In Centennial Park a bomb went off and reminded everyone how vulnerable we all are in the modern city. For those killed and wounded it was of course much more than a symbolic event, and for those of us watching this staged pageant from the comfort of our homes it was a reality check.


Commercialism Runs Amok At The Olympics :Uberroth's Legacy, Richard C. Crepeau Jul 1996

Commercialism Runs Amok At The Olympics :Uberroth's Legacy, Richard C. Crepeau

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Question: What one-hundred-year-old institution has become the biggest marketplace in the world? Answer: The Centennial Olympic Games.


American Sporting Attitudes To Drugs, Aids, And The Tie., Richard C. Crepeau Feb 1996

American Sporting Attitudes To Drugs, Aids, And The Tie., Richard C. Crepeau

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Over the past few weeks there have been several incidents and developments in the world of sport that offer some insight into the culture of sport as well as broader American attitudes toward sport.