How the unusual circumstances of a doping case involving Kamila Valieva creates a dilemma for sports officials looking to achieve a solution that is fair to all parties involved. Continue reading The Ethical Dilemma of Allowing Kamila Valieva to Compete
Revelations involving Kamila Valieva remind us that coaches are usually the last to face the consequences when wrongdoing comes to light. Continue reading You Know Eteri Tutberidze is Going to Get Away With It
Kelly Sildaru was destined to be the breakout star of the 2018 Olympics until an ill-timed ACL injury put her Olympic aspirations on hold. The 2022 Olympics will be her redemption arc. Continue reading The Estonian Freestyle Skier Everyone Should Root For
The breakup of the USSR gave Oksana Chusovitina the opportunity to extend her career in a way that wasn’t possible before. But how many other Soviet athletes found themselves in the same predicament? Continue reading Is Oksana Chusovitina the Last Soviet Athlete?
Reflections on the Afghanistan women’s soccer team and the powerful figures who led it. Continue reading Remembering the Afghanistan Women’s Soccer Team
In the final days of the Cold War, a 20 year old former gymnast made a daring attempt to scale the Berlin Wall. Continue reading The Gymnast Who Died at the Berlin Wall
Boginskaya went to three Olympics and was represented by a different flag on each occasion. But there was more to the story than that… Continue reading The Six Flags of Svetlana Boginskaya
This is a tool to make it easier to understand Cold War era terminology in my future articles. Continue reading A Breakdown of Confusing Cold War Era Terms
What fans of Olympic sports need to know as the COVID-19 situation develops. Continue reading Coronavirus: What Olympic Sports Fans Need to Know
Kobe Bryant was famous for basketball. His involvement with gymnastics was not as well known. Continue reading The Gymnastics Side of Kobe Bryant
Few Olympic bids seemed more unlikely to win than Atlanta-1996, but to the surprise of everyone, it did. Continue reading The Bizarre Backstory to Atlanta Winning the 1996 Olympics
German Empire, East Germany, West Germany. What happened to the Olympic medals of all these countries? Continue reading How Should Germany’s Olympic Medals be Counted?
The dominant high jumper who is quickly becoming a modern day Mostepanova. Continue reading The Russian High Jumper Everyone Should Root For
A recent story in figure skating leaves lessons we should all learn from. Continue reading Some Thoughts on Sexual Misconduct in Sports
To give context to the significance of the 1952 Soviet WAG team having two Jewish gymnasts, I discuss the history of anti-Semitism in the USSR in 1952. Continue reading The 1952 Soviet Team and Anti-Semitism
Unified Team, Olympic Athlete From Russia, Refugee Olympic Team, and more. I recap the history of Olympians comping under the Olympic flag. Continue reading The History of Olympians Competing Under the Olympic Flag