Sunday August 14, 2016
Why are The Olympic Games dirty, corrupt, wildly expensive, and absolutely irresistible?
It's the greatest show on earth—a world sport spectacle that truly is spectacular. But it comes with a taint of corruption, cheating and excess. Why are The Olympic Games so compelling? With host Duncan McCue.
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The budget required to host them would drain the treasuries of most nations. These Games in Brazil have been tarnished by doping scandals, allegations of bribery, toxic water, and the Zika virus.
Are those messy troubles dampening your enthusiasm for the dramas unfolding on fields and tracks and pools? Are you watching?
If you are a fan, you've been treated to incredible performances by Canadian athletes: the ascendance of teenage swimming phenomenon Penny Oleksiak, and trampoline gymnast Rosie McLennnan did it again… winning her second consecutive Olympic gold. What do you think has been the defining moment in Rio so far? And what events are you looking forward to? Is this spectacle of amateur sports sullied by commercialism and corporate sponsors… or is the Olympic spirit alive and well… thanks to athletes who give it their all?
Our question: "Why are the Olympics, dirty, corrupt, wildly expensive ...and absolutely irresistible?
David Common, covering the Olympic Games for CBC in Rio
Penny Oleksiak, swimmer, 4 medals (gold in 100m freestyle, silver in 100 m butterfly, 2 bronze in team relays)
Rosie MacLennan, Canada's opening flagbearer and second time trampoline gold medalist
Stephanie Nolen, South America correspondent for The Globe and Mail
- The Current: How Brazil's wealthy benefit from the Rio Olympics
- Russian athletes emerging as villains of Rio Olympics
- Former Canadian Olympian Beckie Scott lashes out at IOC over doping scandal
- Penny Oleksiak's Olympic success no surprise to former swim coaches
- Canada buzzing as Penny Oleksiak looks to make history
- Mandy Bujold desperate for Olympic medal after 4 agonizing years
- Canada's Jennerich, Obee take rowing silver in women's double sculls
- Something smells at Rio's Olympic diving pool
- Christie Blatchford: Despite the corruption, doping and all the other dark forces in sport, I still love the Olympics
- Rio 2016 buildup part of the chaotic and corrupt tradition of Olympic hosts
- Rio mayor Eduardo Paes: 'The Olympics are a missed opportunity for Brazil'
- Deaths on collapsed Rio de Janeiro bike path deal safety blow to Olympic host
- Ex-World Sailing chief 'voted out for trying to oust polluted Olympic venue'
- Zika virus risk at Rio Olympics 'negligible', says Yale report