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Who to Watch In Sochi: A Crowdsourced Guide to the Olympics

Thursday, February 06, 2014

We're building a listener-powered guide for who to watch at the Sochi Olympics, starting with Friday's opening ceremonies. If you have a favorite athlete, from any country, tell us why you're rooting for them and why others should care too. Mike Pesca, NPR sports correspondent and panelist on Slate's Hang Up and Listen, helps take you suggestions and discusses his favorite story lines.

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Comments [4]

Jeff from NYC

Completely agree with Max, above. And the tone was kind of comic-cheerful on the show, which made the sports themselves sound oddly trivial.

Feb. 06 2014 12:02 PM
Tony from Canarsie

"I don’t care about the Olympics; it’s like watching gym." -- Bill Maher

Feb. 06 2014 12:00 PM
Amy Phalon from Portland, Maine

I Love the Olympics! I am watching Russell Currier from Stockholm, Maine.

Feb. 06 2014 11:49 AM
Max from Brooklyn, NY

Hi Brian,

I have class during the show today, so, unable to call in, I wanted to give my suggestion. None.

I'm boycotting the Olympics. I don't judge the athletes for participating. Some of them only get this opportunity once, maybe 2-3 times at most, in a lifetime. But I can't in good conscience pretend that Russia is an innocent actor in the spirit of the Olympics.

At the very same time, they are sending plain-clothes secret police into Ukraine in order to terrorize protesters and prop up a corrupt pro-Russian regime. They are simultaneously failing to secure internet connectivity at the games from hacking, while FSB is also seizing personal data from any such internet activity for monitoring. Mind you, that's without the FISA or FISC orders that we have in the US for such monitoring. It's taken and analyzed, no questions asked. In addition, there are all the recent free speech/activism issues, the LGBT issues, and so on. There's simply no pretending that Russia, as it is currently composed, is a good faith actor in the international community of nations.

Feb. 06 2014 08:39 AM

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