Sports and Politics: The Olympic Games

As the Summer Olympics in Rio are set to get underway, Curio.ca takes you on a tour back in time to highlight our best stories on past Olympic Games. The Olympics are not just about sports: countries fight to host the Olympics and, more often than not, the Games cause political and social turmoil in host countries.

  • 2016
  • 13-14
  • 14 Titles

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As It Happens Alice Coachman Davis: First Black Woman to Win a Gold Medal

She broke records and broke down barriers. In 1948, Alice Coachman Davis became the first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal, paving the way for other black athletes — both male and female — to follow in her spiked-shoe footsteps. She passed away on July 14 and is remembered here as a sports pioneer.
  • 2014
  • 00:07:54
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 08/08/2014

News in Review - September 2004 Athens 2004: The Games Return to Greece

This summer the Olympic Games went back to their roots; back to Greece where they first began almost 3,000 years ago. We’ll bring you the highlights of the Athens Games and show you how Canada’s athletes fared in their quest for Olympic glory.
  • 2004
  • 00:15:02
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/15/2004

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News in Review - September 2001 Beijing 2008: A Momentous Decision

This story examines the complex international competition to host the 2008 Summer Olympics, the political, economic, and diplomatic considerations in particular that led to the IOC granting the Games to China, and the implications and ramifications for the city that won Beijing and the Canadian city that lost, Toronto. To some the decision was a disgrace, given China's record of ...
  • 2001
  • 00:13:10
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/15/2001

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News in Review - November 2012 Canada's Soccer Fixing Scandal

When the Canadian women’s soccer team played the United States in the semi-final match at the London Olympics, the referee made a series of bizarre calls that many felt cost Canada the match. With the Canadians leading 3-2 in the 80th minute, Canada’s goalkeeper was called for holding the ball for too long, a call that is almost never made ...
  • 2012
  • 00:14:26
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/15/2012

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News in Review - September 2008 China and The Olympic Games

On August 8, 2008, the 29th Olympic Games opened in the Chinese capital of Beijing. For the Chinese government, the Games were not just a chance to host the biggest sporting event in the world, they were also a chance for the country to showcase its achievements as a rising global power. In this News in Review story we’ll look ...
  • 2008
  • 00:17:03
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/15/2008

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CBC | Radio-Canada Documentary China Rises, Episode 4: Party Games, Politics Through the Eyes of the 2008 Olympic Games

China is on the march. As Beijing prepares for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, it is envisioning a new political dawn for a growing nation and is ready to invite the world to see its progress.
  • 2006
  • 00:53:16
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

News in Review - April 1999 Olympic Corruption: Cleaning up the IOC

The loss of faith in an international institution and the loss of face and credibility on the part of the IOC are key issues in this story. For many Canadians, it has been particularly troubling watching Toronto's bid for the 2008 Olympics fade in light of mounting evidence of wide-scale corruption in the site selection process and the growing conviction ...
  • 1999
  • 00:12:17
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 04/15/1999

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ReVision Quest Racism and the Olympics

It’s every athlete’s dream to reach the Olympics, but why is it so rarely a reality for Aboriginal people? Barriers go beyond just money.
  • 2009
  • 00:27:05
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/05/2013