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Can Olympic host cities sustain the outlandish expenditures that we have seen over recent years? We'll discuss the upcoming Winter Games & the challenges that will be faced in Sochi and beyond on this week's episode of Game Changers Live.
Russian tycoon Vladimir Potanin is opening up his wallet as Sochi, the host city for the 2014 Winter Olympics, prepares for the athletes to arrive in 11 months. According to a recent NBC News article, wealthy Russian oligarchs & private investors are reportedly pooling their money & investing $50 Biliion (yes, b-b-b-billion) on the upcoming event. That would put the bill at 8-9 times the final tally from the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.
We've seen the financial market in Athens completely crash after hosting the 2004 Summer Games while brand new stadiums and arenas remain unused. Capital issues remain the primary concern, as Sochi organizers attempt to improve the public perception of Russia. But, finances aren't the only challenges. Weather may be another huge challenge that organizers will face. We break it all down on the show! Join us for the conversation.
Tune in Wednesday at 1pm ET as we provide a New View from the Sidelines...Olympic-style!!
Join your host, Managing Editor William Kern, as we examine universal global criticism of Washington's latest debacle over the debt ceiling, Britain's renewed assault on The Guardian for its coverage of NSA mass surveillance and other developments on the issue of espionage - including Russian plans to monitor fans and athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi, and Canadian spying on Brazil. Also - news from Algeria that al-Qaeda leader Abu Anas al-Liby, who was captured in Tripoli by US Navy seals last week, may have been a CIA double agent.
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Candi and Randy discuss the hot topics everyone is talking about this Monday:
• the 2013 VMAs (Miley Cyrus, N'SYNC, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Katy Perry)
• the Sochi Olympics in Russia continue to be "hot button" issue over LGBT discrimination; and a lot more.
• a Hollywood Bowl guest - Sarah Horn - gets pulled up to sing with Kristen Chenoweth and brings the house down
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Unless you're super human, making it to the Olympics is the quintessential long shot. AudioFiles roots for underdogs everywhere this week - - including, yes, a bobsledder on a quest to make it to the Sochi games. We'll also hear about one man's attempt to work through endless city bureaucracy to honor his hero. AND, as the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, we'll visit a Bronx watering hole looking to re-open after devastating damage from the storm. Plus, New York City now has a nationally-ranked, undefeated college football team! We'll take you to a game from its improbable season. The band Our Guys plays a live set in the studio, and author
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With no lockout standing in the way, realignment finally taking hold, rule changes in effect, an intriguing Sochi Olympics and continued restocking of contenders, this will be quite the season in the National Hockey League, to say the least.
On Opening Night, Sumit & Jason break out the podcasting Zamboni for this season preview of The Exchange and will be joined by The Sports Fan Journal's Dillon Friday and Awful Announcing's Andrew Bucholtz. Dillon helps break down the reconfigured Eastern Conference with Detroit and Columbus now playing in the eastern time zones. Andrew joins the second half of the show to help look West as teams try their damndest to break the potential Chicago dynasty.
Hybrid icing, a Olympic break, the Stadium Series and clean-shaven hockey players? It's all new and confusing as hell, but don't fret, they're here to help.
Come through The Exchange in the chat room, on Twitter (@skd_thExchange, @asportsscribe - guests @noclassfriday & @AndrewBucholtz) and the phone lines at 347-202-0247.
There are three sites in the United States that Olympic snow sports will be showcased during Sprint Grand Prix competition and one of those sites is at my home mountain, Copper Colorado. On January 8 to 12 I was at Copper mountain watching the aerial daredevils on board and skis attack the half pipe and any number of man-made challenges placed on the snow. I leave it to the USOC or FIS to define and describe the events while I focus on the amazing effort of potential US Olympic medalists such
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