Olympics

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Why Can't We Just Host the Olympics in the Same Place Every Year?

Economists agree: the Olympics are bad for cities. There's an obvious solution.

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Sochi Is on Track to Be the Most Expensive Olympics in History

Russia may spend as much as $50 billion on new sports venues, better public transit, and modernized electric power systems.

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Russia to Back Off on Anti-Gay Laws During the Sochi Olympics

The concession is not about actually respecting gay rights, but "to be as politically correct and tolerant as we can be."

'Jesse Owens Was Here'

Berlin's 1936 Olympic Village once housed Nazis and Soviets. Today, there's an effort to convert the neglected site into a museum.

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Why Madrid Should Host the 2020 Olympics

Istanbul is everything the Olympic committee wants -- and everything it fears. Tokyo is boring. Really, there's only one choice.

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The Sochi Winter Olympics Just Got A Lot More Expensive — and Dicey

A top Chechen rebel is urging militants to "do their utmost to derail" the Games.

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Whose Idea Was It to Build a Winter Resort in the Warmest Part of Russia?

Putin's biggest critic talks about the troubles facing the Sochi Winter Olympics.

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After the Olympics, Documenting What's Left

Gary Hustwit and Jon Pack have been photographing former Olympic sites around the world.

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What Happens to the Olympics Plans of Cities That Don't Win Them?

More importantly: Does a city get anything out of the exercise?

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Rio's Mad Scramble: Will the City Be Ready for the World Cup?

Weather, worker strikes, and structural problems have set back the renovation of the historic Maracanã Stadium as FIFA's deadline looms.

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Sochi's Pre-Olympics Construction Bonanza

The Russian resort town gears up for next year's Winter Games.

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The Legacy of the London Olympics? Memories and Debt

What were the Games good for, exactly?

Worst. Olympic. Slogan. Ever.

Sochi, Russia is "Hot. Wintry. Yours."

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Rio's Biggest Prostitution Crackdown in a Generation

Before it hosts the World Cup and the Summer Olympics, the city is taking aim at brothels long popular with tourists.

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Which American Cities Won the Most Medals?

When it comes to the Games, the West Coast dominates.

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The Nazi Olympics, Revisited

A new exhibit at Pittsburgh’s Holocaust Center explores the most infamous of Games.

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This Week in Bans: It's Criminal To Say Men Have 'No Balls'

Also, a British city forbids its own employees from watching the Olympics and a Tennessee burg attacks noisy street preaching.

In Lake Placid, the Olympics Are Still Very Much Alive

The Games infrastructure is woven into the fabric of the city.

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Keep Those Off-Brand Condoms Out of Olympic Village

The brand police investigate a bucket full of non-Durex condoms. Perhaps they're taking this whole sponsor protection thing a bit far.