The 2014 Olympic Games begin this week in Sochi, Russia. 2,500 athletes from 88 countries (plus 1,650 Paralympians from 45 countries) will compete in 15 sports (and 89 unique events) over 17 days, celebrating the values of excellence, friendship and respect. The Olympic Games seek to build a peaceful and better world through solidarity, team spirit, joy and optimism in sport, inspiring people to overcome political, economic, gender, racial or religious differences and forge friendships in spite of those differences.
It can be difficult to fully understand all the issues as they filter through the media narrative (e.g. this week’s negative Newsweek cover story). If you are interested in joining Olympic and human rights experts for thoughtful discussion, there are two powerful events this week:
- 2/2/14 Harvard University Panel on Sport featuring two-time Olympic medalist Caitlin Cahow and You Can Play Project co-founder Patrick Burke.
- 2/6/14 UNH School of Law: Sports and Entertainment Law Institute featuring four-time Olympian Cameron Myler, L. Jon Wertheim from Sports Illustrated, Russian hockey expert Dmitry V. Chesnokov, and scholars William Butler and Mathew Lane.
Best wishes to the 230 American athletes representing Team USA, especially the 9 Olympians from New Hampshire. I can’t wait to cheer on our US Figure Skating Team!
“With a nation behind us, and with the world before us, within us all…amazing awaits.”