dispatches from rio

olympics

The Rio Games Were An Unjustifiable Human Disaster, And So Are The Olympics

Like the other Olympics before them, Rio 2016 proved that the IOC is blithely indifferent to the waste, corruption, and human wreckage the Games leave in their wake.
Aaron Gordon
8.22.16
love

Watching Neymar and Brazil Win Gold With the Three Old Ladies

Our boy Aaron Gordon watched the men's football gold medal match in a neighborhood in Rio, where three older women talked to him about Brazilian pride, love and life.
Aaron Gordon
8.22.16
Rio 2016

Trying to Experience Rio Outside the Olympic Bubble

Most of the 30,000 journalists covering the Olympics will spend their time in or around the Olympic venues. Our writer Aaron Gordon is trying to experience the real Rio.
Aaron Gordon
8.12.16
Rio 2016

Qatar’s Rejuvenated Handball Team Has A Distinct Shortage of Qataris

Qatar's investment in sports is bigger than the World Cup. Their national handball team, which has players from Croatia, Cuba, Egypt, and France – and three Qataris – is proof.
Aaron Gordon
8.10.16
rio de janeiro

Olympic Hospitality Houses Are a Place to Cry and Party During the Games

Olympic hospitality houses were originally intended to be a place for athletes and their families. Now, like with everything else Olympic related, they've become something completely different.
Aaron Gordon
8.9.16
Rio 2016

What Does Billions Worth of Security Measures Get You in Rio? Not Much

Billions of reais in security doesn't buy you a whole lot of safety if nobody bothers to look inside your bag.
Aaron Gordon
8.8.16
dispatches from rio

Lost And Found At The Rio Olympics

Taking the special Olympic buses while the rest of Rio deals with horrible traffic made me feel awful, so I took public transportation the rest of the day. And I got extremely lost several times.
Aaron Gordon
8.5.16