The Olympics are always complicated. As viewers, we want to believe the hype — we want to believe in the magic and innocence of the games. But we know there’s a dark side. The Olympics has never been just good, clean fun.
Think of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, documented by Hitler’s filmmaker, Leni Riefenstahl. African-American track star Jesse Owens won Olympic gold and glory but faced segregation back home — while World War II loomed on the horizon. Think of how hosting the 2004 Summer Games decimated the Greek economy, or how dissident artist Ai Weiwei helped design the stunning “Bird’s Nest” stadium for the 2008 Beijing Games before being arrested, or how just after the Sochi Olympics, Vladimir Putin nabbed a piece of Ukraine’s sovereign territory.… Seguir leyendo »