In Lieu of the Olympics

Issue
9

From Los Angeles to Tokyo: Communities are Saying NO to the Olympics

With any Olympic Games comes community displacement, expansion of police militarization, environmental degradation, financial waste, and corruption. Learn about the Nolympics movement.

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Identity Crises for the Gold

Though deciding which team to cheer for during the Olympics may seem like a no-brainer to some, it can be more complex if your family is tied to multiple countries. One mixed-race writer shares his story.

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Angeleno Magic: A Retrospective of the 1984 Olympics

No traffic in Los Angeles during a time when the entire world converges on the city?! Explore a retrospective on the wonder and mystery of the 1984 Olympic Games hosted by the greatest city on earth.

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The Best (and Worst) Tokyo 2020 Merch

The good, the bad, and the really not so great. Check out some of the best (and worst) Tokyo 2020 Olympic merchandise - let's see what the judges have to say!

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Hotlympics

You love watching them compete, and I just like watching them! Come check out my list of hot Olympians.

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Yo Mural – It’s an Opening Ceremony!

Let your imagination run wild! What do you think the Tokyo opening ceremony be like?

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3 AM Olympic Events

Congratulations! You're an Olympian! But your family and friends have to wake up at 3 a.m. to watch you compete.

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Get Your Dance On – Olympic Style

Learn the background of the popular Olympic odori dance, Tokyo Gorin Ondo!

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