Are the Olympics Still Worth It?

State-sponsored doping scandals, economic albatrosses and nuclear tensions set the stage for the 2018 Olympic Games. So, why are we still doing this again?

On this week’s episode of Schtick to Sports, the GSC panel breaks down the major storylines heading into PyeongChang, from Russia’s omission to the continued tensions in the Korean Peninsula, to the much bigger question of whether or not the Winter Olympics are still worth all the hassle.

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Show Notes: 

  • How badly does the IOC need a win in Pyeongchang? [3:45]
  • Are the Winter Olympics in trouble? [5:28]
  • It used to be a massive source of pride to be the host city, but recently, hosting the Olympic Games has lost its lustre. What’s causing this? [9:15]
  • The Vancouver Games weren’t the financial albatross that some of the other Games have been. Was was different about Vancouver 2010 and how they operated? [11:16]
  • Russia, the doping scandal and the subsequent penalty [14:22]
  • Is it up to the Winter Olympics and the IOC to govern the morality of countries? [18:27]
  • What is the IOC doing to regulate host country behavior? [20:06]
  • Where Russia ranks as far as repressive regimes who have hosted the Winter Olympics. [22:16]
  • Can the Winter Olympics heal the rift between North Korea and South Korea? [25:45]
  • Are the thawing of tensions with North Korea legitimate or a trap? [32:18]
  • How have countries used Olympic boycotts historically and how effective have they been? [38:13]
  • The Olympics as a tool for diplomacy? [43:24]
  • Are the Winter Olympics still worth it? [48:32]

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