Maybe just an inch over right and this entire story would be so very different // Olympic Channel screenshot from the Sochi 2014 women's hockey final


Not cool anymore: hockey guys being hockey guys

Three years ago at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, with the women’s gold-medal ice hockey game between the United States and Canada teetering on the edge, time winding down in the third period, the American forward Kelli Stack sent a shot down the ice. The Canadian net was empty, cleared moments before for an extra attacker.

The puck slithered and rolled for some 130 feet. It slid toward that empty net for a seeming eternity.

In Monaco in December 2014, pushing Agenda 2020, which the members unanimously approved and taxpayers, primarily in western Europe, have suggested signaled little if anything substantive // Getty Images

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A 2024 dose of — common sense

Back in the day, a young person who was maybe having a little trouble understanding a concept might meet up with an older fella. This older fella might feel so inclined to help impart some wisdom rather directly by means of what in some parts of the United States might be referred to as a switch.

This practice has largely fallen out of favor, given as a switch is pretty much a tree branch and beating people about the head with a stick is no longer considered what we in modern times would call best practice. Actually, we would probably call that a felony.

Mikaela Shiffrin after winning last week's World Cup slalom at Squaw Valley, California // Getty Images


Feeling 22, and everything is so all right

The American racer Mikaela Shiffrin on Friday clinched enough points to win the fancy crystal globe that goes to the alpine World Cup tour’s best overall female skier.

She becomes just the third American to win the season title. Tamara McKinney won it in 1983. Lindsey Vonn has won four big globes, as they like to call it on the tour, most recently in 2012. Now comes Mikaela Shiffrin, who just this past Monday turned 22.

IOC president Thomas Bach at this week's meeting of the policy-making executive board in South Korea // Getty Images

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Could it be more plain? IOC needs time, stability

The International Olympic Committee, like the Kremlin, speaks in code.

Let us now decode Friday’s announcement from a meeting in South Korea of the IOC’s policy-making executive board that a “working group” made up of the four IOC vice-presidents has been set up to “explore changes” in Olympic bidding. The obvious subtext: the possibility later this year of jointly awarding the 2024 and 2028 Games to Los Angeles and Paris or, you know, Paris and Los Angeles.

Bach at a December 2016 news conference // Getty Images

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No-brainer: only way to make Agenda 2020 real

From the Department of Olympic Smack Talk, and you would think that International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach’s much-vaunted Agenda 2020 40-point purported reform plan would have taken care of this kind of thing:

Tony Estanguet, the co-president of the Paris 2024 bid, was giving an interview to the Reuters correspondent Julien Pretot in mid-December when the topic turned to politics, French and American.