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Sochi Olympics 2014: We Are All Athletes

February 17, 2014

This video features members of the U.S. Olympic Team and the U.S. Paralympic Team competing in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The video’s theme, "We are all Athletes," emphasizes that although the lives of Olympic and Paralympic athletes may differ in some ways, they are all dreamers, competitors, champions, and teammates.

"How is it possible that an area of about 400,000 people can be responsible for eight out of nine gold medals?" said Stig Arve Sæther, a researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

"How is it possible that an area of about 400,000 people can be responsible for eight out of nine gold medals?" said Stig Arve Sæther, a researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

He can still dunk like a butterfly, but in the personally tragic case of former basketball pro Dennis Rodman in North Korea, the embrace of Kim Jong Un and his policies sting like a bee. Rodman is the most recent example of sports diplomacy gone awry. With the Sochi Olympics starting, a new cadre of unpredictable athlete diplomats will likely take the stage.

He can still dunk like a butterfly, but in the personally tragic case of former basketball pro Dennis Rodman in North Korea, the embrace of Kim Jong Un and his policies sting like a bee. Rodman is only the most recent example of sports diplomacy gone awry. And with the Sochi Olympics a few weeks away, it is inevitable that a new cadre of unpredictable athlete diplomats will make it to center stage.

The 24/7 Olympic news cycle is consumed right now, and understandably, with security issues for the forthcoming Winter Games in Sochi. Then, too, there are the construction woes over the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, where the International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, is paying a visit this week.

Markos Kounalakis explain why Dennis Rodman is no Muhammad Ali.

The 24/7 Olympic news cycle is consumed right now, and understandably, with security issues for the forthcoming Winter Games in Sochi. Then, too, there are the construction woes over the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, where the International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, is paying a visit this week.

You had to be tuned in very, very carefully to hear the bolt that came Monday from Canada — even though it carries huge implications not just for the United States but for the race for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

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