"Politics have no place in the Olympics." Leaders of the Olympic movement have made this claim since the beginning of the modern games. A new history of the Olympics shows that it's never been the case.
Gilmore Junio, Olympic “Selflessness,” and the Whispers of Culture
When speed skater Gilmore Junio gave up his place in a race at the Sochi Games to a teammate who had fallen during trials, was he being a true Canadian? Or a true Filipino? Or a true competitor?
Jules Boykoff & Daniel B. Eisen
"There is no sports event like Opening Day of baseball, the sense of beating back the forces of darkness and the National Football League." –George Vecsey