Lowell, Ophelia and Erika Bailey on the podium // Billy Demong

Olympics

Historic U.S. biathlon gold: family, team, community, country – and belief

Can we be honest with each other? For a great many people, what comes out of Washington, regardless of who is who there, is just noise. What matters is what, truly, matters: family and community.

Indeed, it is the day-to-day stuff of real life, the rituals, the joys and the heartbreaks, the ups and downs of the days that can seemingly take forever and the years that go by in a blink amid children and family and community that bind us all together: the crazy quilt, the rich tapestry that is the United States of America.

2024 Bid Cities, Olympics

More 2024 straight talk: the hits keep coming

The hits keep coming for the International Olympic Committee, and we are not talking Top-40 radio.

On Sunday, voters in the Swiss Alps — for the second time — said no thanks to an Olympic bid that would have been staged in the posh mountain resorts of St. Moritz and Davos. A state in Switzerland is called a canton. That canton is called Graubuenden. Asked about financing a candidacy for the 2026 Games, 60.1 of voters there said, nope.

New England quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick celebrate the Patriots' 34-28 overtime victory in Super Bowl LI // Getty Images

Olympics

In which LA karma meets Olympic dogma

The universe, if you are listening, speaks in whispers. There is karma, and it is real.

For the doubters, the universe offered a jolt of lightning proof Sunday that we are, indisputably, living in Donald Trump’s United States of America. The New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28, in the NFL’s first overtime Super Bowl.

A certain golf course on the Palos Verdes peninsula with a connection to the 45th president // Trump National website

Olympics

Like gin and tonic: sports and politics mix it up

The headlines are rich with stories about how sports and politics mix. This inevitably brings up the old fiction about how, especially in the Olympic scene, the two are supposed to be like church and state — separate and apart.

That’s a notion from way long ago. From a time when basketball players wore way shorter shorts.

President Donald Trump speaks on the phone Saturday with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the Oval Office. Also pictured at right, National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon // Getty Images

Olympics

On Mr. Trump and double standards: let’s all chillax

Everybody: chillax.

And while you’re at it, the time has come for everybody — this means you, you and especially you — to start thinking, and hard, about why it is that there’s such an obvious, ridiculous and totally unfair double standard when it comes to evaluating American bids for events such as the Olympics and soccer’s World Cup.