This week on Only A Game, we tell the recurring story of Olympic displacements — from a neighborhood in Rio that was turned to rubble to the homeless and poor purged from a city much closer to home. And with rugby's return to the Games, we'll look back at the last Olympic rugby final, between France and the U.S. in the turbulent times between world wars. Plus the story of identical twins who aren't identical when it comes to sports. Or maybe they are? Join us!
Of the nearly 700 homes that used to stand in Rio de Janeiro's Vila Autódromo neighborhood, just over 20 remain. Why? Vila Autódromo neighbors Rio's Olympic Park. And it's not only in foreign countries that the Olympics displace the poor. We revisit the legacy of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics.
Will the show go on in Rio? Which Olympic soccer team should we be rooting for? And is it time to end the war on performance enhancing drugs? Shira Springer of the Boston Globe and Patrick Hruby of Vice Sports join Bill Littlefield.
You might not know that Only A Game's Bob Shaffer is an identical twin. Or that, for as long as he can remember, he's had a question lurking in the back of his mind. It has to do with identical twins… and sports.
With the Olympics officially underway, Bill Littlefield and Charlie Pierce discuss the reality in Rio. Are things as bad as expected? Which city should really be hosting the Summer Games? And what changes are already planned for Tokyo 2020?
The Olympics are supposed to bring us together, right? Yeah, that's not what happened during the 1924 Olympic rugby final between France and the United States. And the events of that day helped keep rugby out of the Olympic program for the next 92 years.
This program aired on August 6, 2016.