ISA president Fernando Aguerre

ISA president Fernando Aguerre

IOC

Hey, IOC, let’s go surfing — now

Hard to believe but snowboarding, which is basically now the it-sport of the Winter Games, has been on the program only since 1998. It has really been a big deal only since 2002, when halfpipe took off.

The International Olympic Committee has had one undisputed big winner in recent years at the Summer Games: beach volleyball. BMX? Kinda. The real ticket is at the beach, with the hard bodies in their bikinis or board shorts and the California-cool, surfer-dude lifestyle.

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Challenges await IOC’s next president

Regular readers of this space know I now have the privilege of teaching at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism in Los Angeles.

One of the things about being a university professor — my formal title, by the way, is “lecturer” — is that for each class they make you write a syllabus. It’s not easy. You have to read a lot of books to decide which books you want to use in your class.

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Three bids, 88 members, 49 days to go

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Two years ago, Rio de Janeiro’s bid team came here and put up a map that showed the Summer Games had never been to South America, a remarkably clever piece of stagecraft that separated Rio from four other contenders and, ultimately, made the case for its stunning win for the 2016 Summer Games.

The three cities for the 2018 Winter Games came here Wednesday with movies and charts and Olympic medalists by the score, the two perceived chasers, Munich and Annecy, France, looking for a similar breakout moment to make up ground against the favorite, Pyeongchang, South Korea.