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.

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News in Review - September 1996 The Olympics: Games People Play

With a special focus on the Olympics' centennial, the Atlanta Games and Canada's Olympic program, this report assesses the politics, commercialization and "pure sport" aspects of the Olympics.
  • 1996
  • 00:17:42
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/15/1996

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News in Review - February 2010 The Road to the Winter Olympics

In February 2010, Canada played host to the world when the Winter Olympics opened in Vancouver. During the Games the spotlight was on the athletes. But it has taken years of work by thousands of Canadians to prepare for the event. In this News in Review story we’ll look at the long road to the Winter Games, the challenges and ...
  • 2010
  • 00:14:17
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/15/2010

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  • The Road to the Winter Olympics

News in Review - March 2002 The Salt Lake City Olympics

Despite the controversies, the judging scandals, the doping revelations and the usual politics of an Olympic Games, the Salt Lake City Games have been referred to as the "feel-good games", for Canada especially. Winning a record number of medals – in particular gold medals in hockey for both women and men – Canadian athletes demonstrated remarkable achievement. In retrospect, these ...
  • 2002
  • 00:15:42
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/15/2002

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  • The Salt Lake City Olympics

News in Review - November 2000 The Sydney Olympics: Re-assessing the Costs

Despite the usual controversies, drug scandals and the inevitable political issues, the 2000 Sydney Games embodied the spirit and sportsmanship of what we refer to as "true Olympians". This report also looks at the return on the investment that a nation receives in terms of its athletes' performances as indicated by the number of medals won at the Games. For ...
  • 2000
  • 00:14:40
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/15/2000

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  • The Sydney Olympics: Re-assessing the Costs

News in Review - May 2008 Tibet, China and the Olympics

In March anti-government riots erupted in Tibet, an autonomous region of China. When the Chinese government cracked down, there were protest demonstrations in many countries around the world. In this News in Review story, we’ll look at the violence in Tibet. We’ll also show you how the demonstrators targeted China’s preparations for this summer’s Olympic Games.
  • 2008
  • 00:15:56
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/15/2008

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