The Oberlin Review

Ableism Displayed Through Paralympics’ Lack of Attention

El Wilson, Opinions Editor

March 30, 2018

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

On March 18, 2018, the U.S. Paralympic sled hockey team won an unprecedented third-straight gold medal in the Winter Paralympics after beating Canada in overtime 2–1. This was after creaming Japan (10–0), the Czech Republic (10–0), South Korea (8–0), and Italy (10–1). Yet, the historic win didn’t make front page news. In fact, many people don’t even know what sled hockey is. To clarify, it’s hockey played on very small sleds that sit on top of two ice hockey blades. The players navigate the ice using two small hockey sticks with metal picks on the end of them. The rules are essentially the same as typical hockey. Even though the Paralympic Games have been around since 1948, they’ve only recently s...

Appeasement Policies Will Not Fix Doping

Duncan Reid, Contributing Writer

March 2, 2018

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Four years ago, in something out of an Ian Fleming novel, the Russian government engaged in a conspiracy to successfully facilitate Olympic athletes doping and cover evidence that makes what Lance Armstrong did at the Tour de France look like petty crime in comparison. The world was appalled when the operation was uncovered. Stories of KGB agents breaking into the Sochi Doping Control Center — the building where doping tests occur — to swap urine samples, whistleblowers seeking asylum, and a systematic doping program that involved the highest levels of the Russian government flooded the airwaves. The International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency quickly convened special commissions to investig...

Smith’s Gesture Symbolizes Oberlin Values, 50 Years Later

Nathan Carpenter, Staff Writer

February 9, 2018

Filed under Uncategorized

The 1968 Summer Olympics produced one of the most defining images of the 20th century. After Tommie Smith and John Carlos, both representing the USA, placed first and third respectively in the 200-meter race, both men raised their fists to the sky in a symbol of Black resistance and an endorsement of civil and human rights on the global stage. It was — and continues to be — an important moment in the history of the Olympics as a platform for politics and activism as well as exceptional athleticism. For members of the Oberlin community, it should represent even more than that. One of the most visible conversations at Oberlin last fall centered around athletics — specifically, the connections (or lack thereof)...

Sexism in Sports Extends Beyond Olympics Coverage

Maureen Coffey, Business Manager

September 2, 2016

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

This summer, like many of you, I watched the Rio Olympics. As the games wore on, I was happy to see many of my Oberlin peers enraged by the blatantly sexist remarks by reporters and the subpar treatment of female athletes. It is terrible to watch Katinka Hosszú have her successes attributed to her male coach and husband, as suggested by NBC commentator Dan Hicks. It’s equally enraging to hear Rowdy Gaines, also of NBC, say that Katie Ledecky is good at swimming because “she swims like a man.” Hearing announcers say that the best gymnastics team in the world looked like they should be in a shopping mall because of their excited chatter should upset most viewers. I know just how real what Katie Ledecky, Simone...

Rio Looks Risky

Sarena Malsin, Sports Editor

April 22, 2016

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

In the ongoing debate over whether countries outside Western Europe or North America should host international sporting events like the Olympics and the World Cup, two conflicting points emerge. On one hand, the international nature of these competitions should reflect and represent the entire world, not just countries with the most power or global representation. But on the other, what is the cost? The economies and political structures of many potential non-Western host countries may not be able to support these events. Recent catastrophes in Brazil, with about three months left until the 2016 Summer Olympics is scheduled to begin in Rio de Janeiro, are bringing this hosting debate back to the surface — especially...

Boston United By Marathon

Sarah Orbuch, Sports Editor

April 25, 2014

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

It is hard to believe that a whole year has passed since the bombing at the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon. I had signed up for race alerts for my friend who was running, and when I received a text message saying she had finished, I put away my phone and stopped paying attention to the race. Two hours later, I walked into Philips gym, only to find it abuzz with panic about a bombing in Boston, specifically at the finish line of the marathon. I immediately called my friend, and when she did not pick up, I panicked. That moment of confusion has a spot on my list of top ten scariest moments. Fortunately, my friend called me back, said she was in one piece and was safe. But there were many who were not so...

Olympic Fans Transfixed by Twitter

Sarah Orbuch, Sports Editor

February 14, 2014

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Every two years, for two weeks, the world is abuzz with Olympic fever. But how much of this excitement is actually for the athletic competitions? Olympic athletes train for many years, putting their bodies through workouts most people would never dare to try, then catapult themselves through the air or slalom down a mountain for a mere two minutes. One small misstep or landing can cost athletes a medal or their career. Before Twitter feeds and instant replay, people would sit, transfixed by their televisions, watching the most talented athletes in the world do what they do best: compete. But the days of huddling around the TV are over. The Olympics are now less about the athletes and their accomplishments and more...

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