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Some Background On The Olympics From UC San Diego Sports Historian

Above: Women's Cross-Country Skiing at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. 2014

Aired 2/13/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUEST:

Robert Edelman, Professor of Russian History and Sport, UC San Diego

Transcript

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.

Comments

Avatar for user 'Eduard'

Eduard | February 13, 2014 at 12:52 p.m. ― 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Question:
In the U.S., it seems that the nation's medal ranking is according to quantity: the total number of medal determines the ranking
Internationally (everywhere else), ranking is according to quality, # of gold first, followed by # silver, etc.
What is your explanation for this$
Thank you,
Eduard S

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