February 23, 2006 The most common word used by reporters to characterize the showing of Team USA at the Olympics is "disappointing:" There's plenty that seems to support that description: the men's hockey team bounced before the medal rounds, sulky Bode Miller zero for four on the slopes, snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis giving away a sure gold after botching a showoff move at the end of her race. Not very cheery if you're rooting for American athletes.
February 21, 2006 NBC is putting on a brave front, saying it's happy with TV audiences so far at the Winter Olympics. But the numbers aren't good, no matter how you dissect them. Average ratings are well behind the Salt Lake City games four years ago. A bunch of plausible theories are in circulation about what's happening. One -- TV audiences for major sports events are tailing off overall, not just for the Olympics. With so many choices on television, and so many sports choices as well, no single event will command a massive audience, with the exception of the Super Bowl
February 19, 2006 A rebellious guy hurtling downhill on one plank rather than two, giving spectators an unpredictable, acrobatic show. Hey Bode Miller, maybe you missed your calling. Maybe you should have been a snowboarder.
February 17, 2006 Let's just say, theoretically, that you wanted to bet on the Winter Olympics. Is there a casino or sportsbook out there ready to take your wager on biathlon, hockey or snowboarding?
February 15, 2006 Johnny Weir, the top American male figure skater, is currently in second place after the short program at the Olympics. The free skate portion will be held Thursday. Weir is a terrific skater. He is also known for sequined costumes that defy description and for refreshingly unrestrained quips and observations to reporters.
February 14, 2006 When American speedskater Joey Cheek won the 500-meter race at the Olympics on Monday, he used the opportunity to make a statement. Cheek announced he was donating his $25,000 gold medal award from the United States Olympic Committee to support child refugees who have fled the bloodshed in Sudan's Darfur region. And he urged Olympic sponsors to give as well. Social activism combined with generosity certainly isn't the norm for elite athletes. But it's not without precedent in speedskating.
February 12, 2006 Michelle Kwan Pulls Out
February 11, 2006 On Sunday, the men's Olympic downhill race will be contested over a fast and challenging 3,300 meter course in Sestriere, Italy. The downhill is essentially a race of raw speed rather than technique. But just what is the top speed during a championship downhill race?
February 10, 2006 The Winter Olympics in Turin haven't even started and some people have already given them the brush-off. Washington Post TV writer Lisa de Moraes says ratings for the games are headed for trouble due to a serious lack of "buzz." But if buzz means media buildup and early water cooler chatter then buzz doesn't belong in the same sentence with the Winter Olympics. Americans just don't talk about the fine points of biathlon or luge
February 10, 2006 Lots of people around the world will tune in on TV to watch the Opening Ceremony at the Winter Olympics in Turin. But not as many as some people say. Estimates of up to 2 billion viewers are wildly exaggerated.
January 31, 2006 When Ben Bernanke takes the reins of the Federal Reserve from Alan Greenspan, he will instantly become one of the most influential people in the world. Bernanke knows the Fed inside out, but that's very different from being the sheriff of the global economy.
November 23, 2005 Seeking to restore profitability, General Motors recently announced it's cutting 30,000 factory jobs and closing nine plants in North America. But as NPR's business editor Uri Berliner notes, what GM needs isn't a surgeon but a miracle worker.
October 11, 2005 Just as tens of thousands of people lost everything to Katrina, so, too, some will make a quick fortune off its aftermath. But there are also stirrings of the honest enterprise that will be so necessary to bring New Orleans back to life.
April 19, 2005 Some fans don't wait until opening day for baseball season. They indulge their sports fantasies year-round. Many play video games with splashy graphics. But the most enduring baseball diversion is a humble board game called Strat-O-Matic with an influential and devoted following.
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April 4, 2005 Illinois and North Carolina face off Monday night in St. Louis for the NCAA championship. Along with all the excitement of arriving at the pinnacle at college basketball, many players are coping with school deadlines as well.
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