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BookTrib Q&A: Sports Writer and Journalist David Goldblatt on the History of the Olympics

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A week from today, The Winter Olympic Games will kick off in Pyeongchang, South Korea. As beloved are these world games where athletes from across the globe compete for the ultimate prize— an Olympic gold medal— the Games do have their drawbacks. An ample amount of articles about corruption and bribery of officials belonging to the International Olympics Committee, protests in host countries where the construction of an Olympic stadium cannot be economically supported by local economies, and deaths related to the building stadiums under tight deadlines and without proper safety procedures have raised concern about how we celebrate the Games. David Goldblatt, sports writer, journalist and sociologist, is also the author of The Games: A Global History of The Olympics. Here,…

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Go Team USA: Inspiring Books to Get You in the 2016 Summer Olympics Spirit!

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Ahhh, the Olympics: the magical time of year when you’re allowed to chant “USA! USA! USA!” un-ironically with your face painted like Old Glory. But while this week marks the kick off of the 2016 Summer Olympics, this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro seem a little different, amidst controversy about the water in Rio, concerns about the Zika Virus, debates about nation-wide bans due to doping and anxiety over event security, these Games seem more than a little hectic and apprehensive. Despite the (valid) trepidations many have over the Summer Olympic Games, fundamentally, the Olympics are a time to celebrate. The world is already pretty crazy, so it’s helpful to remember that people are, in fact, capable of coming…

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