Category Archives: Olympics

If I Were a Playwright

The audience would first see a woman on stage. She’s wearing pyjamas, walking across to the queen bed in which she is the only inhabitant. After sitting herself up under the covers, she scrolls through her phone. She settles on … Continue reading

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On Sochi

At about 4pm on Sunday afternoon, 11 hours before the Closing Ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, the 2 year-old waved at the television, exclaiming “Bye bobsled! Bye Olympics!” And like that, a fortnight of television viewing filled with … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Stephen Fry

Dear Mr Fry, For perhaps the first time in my life, I don’t wholeheartedly agree with your perspective. While your now-viral open letter to David Cameron and the International Olympic Committee was not addressed to me, a sports-mad Aussie school … Continue reading

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Catching up on London 2012

And so, a couple of weeks after the cauldron at London 2012 was extinguished, I finally catch up and pen my random collected thoughts on the Games. With appropriate apologies to real sports writers who write columns such as these, I present … Continue reading

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Don’t Just Blame Channel 9

You can blame Channel 9 for most of the issues associated with the free-to-air television coverage of the Olympics in Australia. You can blame Channel 9 for the fact that by 7:00am EST on the first day of competition, you … Continue reading

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Sydney 2000: Where Humanity Shits Gold

The International Olympic Committee’s slogan at the time of the Sydney Olympics was ‘Celebrate Humanity’. Australia celebrated humanity so well during that fortnight that in his glowing column on the Games, Sports Illustrated’s Rick Reilly said “Let’s make it official, … Continue reading

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The Medals They Earned

In 2008, Antonio Pettigrew, a member of the gold medal winning USA 4x400m relay team at the Sydney Olympics, testified that he had taken HGH (human growth hormone) and EPO (erythropoietin) from 1997 to 2001. His teammate, the great US … Continue reading

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