Should the Olympic Games be Patriotic or Political?

Deanna Veltri The controversial Sochi Olympics have not inspired the feelings of global camaraderie and sportsmanship usually associated with the Games. If anything, this year’s event has drudged up memories of the protests over the 2010 Vancouver Games. Four years later, the Games are situated in a completely different political regime, but with reminiscent social…

Own the Podium. Bad Name, Good Policy.

I feel a little uncomfortable with Canada’s new swaggering, medal hungry, take-no-prisoners Olympic persona. In 2005 the federal government launched Own the Podium – a funding strategy to dominate at the 2010 Winter Olympics and an ambitious goal to place first in the medal count. We weren’t just hoping or striving for the podium in…