Some Background On The Olympics From UC San Diego Sports Historian
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Aired 2/13/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Robert Edelman, Professor of Russian History and Sport, UC San Diego
The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat and the sting of controversy: it's all there at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games being played in Sochi, Russia.
More countries are participating in these Winter Olympic Games than ever before; there are new events and it has turned out to be the most expensive Olympics ever.
Among the controversies: the LGBT community's protest over Russia's hostile anti-gay laws, the threat of political violence erupting in Sochi and of course, Carlsbad's Shaun White coming home without a medal.