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Olympics Topics

Democracy Now! stories, posts and pages that relate to Olympics

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  • As thousands flocked to the Sydney athletic stadium to see Aboriginal sprinter Cathy Freeman in her first race of the 2000 Olympics, aboriginal people from around Australia looked to Cathy as a symbol of a more democratic future. Cathy Freeman recently told a British newspaper that her own grandmother was one of the many aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who was removed from her (biological) parents simply because she was...
    Sep 22, 2000 | Story
  • One week into the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Americans are tuning-in in surprisingly low numbers. Many criticize that there is too much soft coverage of the host city–Australian blondes playing volleyball on pristine beaches and restored harbors, and not enough coverage of the Games themselves.
    Sep 22, 2000 | Story
  • When a U.S. Olympic athlete agreed to have her personal diary of the Sydney 2000 games published in a local newspaper in Kansas City, the IOC stepped in and said no. They also said no to athletes involved in online chats and no again to internet live streaming of footage filmed of any Olympic event. The reason? The IOC effectively owns the intellectual property rights in sporting events and also of those seeking to cover sporting events. And...
    Sep 28, 2000 | Story
  • In apartheid South Africa of the 60s, Dennis Brutus was an outspoken activist against the racist state. He helpedsecure South Africa’s suspension from the Olympics, eventually forcing the country to be expelled from the games in1970. He was arrested in 1963 and sentenced to 18 months of hard labor on Robben Island off Capetown, with NelsonMandela. Brutus was banned from teaching, writing, and publishing in South Africa. His first...
    Nov 05, 2001 | Story
  • Over the weekend, human rights activist and Olympic torchbearer Leslie Kretzu ran barefoot through the streets ofPhiladelphia as an act of solidarity with Nike’s overseas factory workers. Bringing new meaning to this year’sOlympic theme of "celebrating humanity," Leslie used her 0.2 miles of track to draw attention to the unrecognizedmillions who produce the uniforms and equipment that allow athletes to compete in the...
    Dec 24, 2001 | Story
  • Tonight in Salt Lake City, on the eve of the Olympic Winter Games, the Reebok Human Rights Award ceremony will alsotake place in Salt Lake City. Reebok annually recognizes four activists age 30 or under who they say have madesignificant contributions to the field of human rights. But this year one of the winners has refused to accept the$50,000 award from Reebok. She has done so in protest against the low salaries the company pays its workers...
    Feb 07, 2002 | Story
  • As the country gathers in front of the TV night after night to watch the Utah 2002 Winter Olympic Games, othersgather outside Utah Olympic Park to demonstrate to the world that not all Utahns are thrilled about the "corporategames." The protesters range from animal rights groups demonstrating against the Olympic rodeo to welfare rightsgroups, who demand that the millions of taxpayer dollars spent on the Olympics go to education and...
    Feb 14, 2002 | Story
  • The 2002 Winter Olympics opened in Utah a week ago covered in gale-driven snow and wrapped in a $310 million security blanket to keep the so-called terrorists at bay. Turning Salt Lake City into one of the most heavily guarded placeson Earth was an army of 15,000 troops, police, Secret Service agents, Black Hawk helicopters and F-16 jets armed with anti-aircraft missiles. The patriotic opening ceremony featured the tattered U.S. flag unearthed...
    Feb 15, 2002 | Story
  • Today’s Olympic Games have become increasingly corporate, and primarily about money — for the local economy of the host city as well as for the host country. This year, the city of Salt Lake, not known for its raging tourist industry,wants to know: how much more money will be reaped by Utah’s recreation and tourism industries with the publicity generated by hosting the 2002 Winter Olympic Games? How much of the hundreds of...
    Feb 15, 2002 | Story
  • Now we are going to go back in time to Olympics past. During the 2000 Olympic summer games in Sydney, when Aboriginal Australian Olympic sprinter Cathy Freeman lit the cauldron that signified the beginning of the games, Democracy Now! interviewed two of the most remembered Olympians of all time, bronze medallist John Carlos and gold medallist Tommie Smith. Together they helped create one of the defining moments at the 1968 Olympic games in...
    Feb 15, 2002 | Story