Can Putin Turn Russia's Olympic Shame to His Advantage?

Can Putin Turn Russia's Olympic Shame to His Advantage?

Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode undefined

  • Dec 14, 2017
  • 18:45 mins

Guest: Fred White, PhD, Professor of Russian Literature, Film and Culture, Utah Valley University About 200 Russian athletes hope to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, but they won’t get to wear Russian uniforms, wave the Russian flag or hear the Russian national anthem if they win a gold medal. The International Olympic Committee has banned Russia from any official presence at the 2018 PyeongChang Games as punishment for widespread and systemic doping by Russian athletes at the last Winter Olympics, which were in Sochi, Russia. This isn’t just a story about sports and cheating. It’s also about politics, history and culture.

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