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Fans watch Katie Ledecky win a gold medal in her final race at the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo on a Cosm video board during a special Olympic viewing party at the University of Utah’s Research Park. Photo Courtesy of Cosm.

Immersive Experience Brings Fans to Front-Row Seat in Tokyo

With spectators not being allowed to experience the action of the Olympic Summer Games first-hand in Tokyo, a company that bills itself as providing “immersive experiences” saw an opportunity. The Cosm Experience Center, an event technology service based in Salt Lake City, served as an immersive viewing party for previous Olympians as well as friends […]

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The inside of the Nippon Budokan is shaped like an octagon, adding to its character. The ceiling is a swirl of concrete layers with lighting built into each layer. Photos: Jason Gewirtz

No Fans at 2021 Olympics an Adjustment, But Not an Excuse

The silence can be deafening if you are an athlete competing in the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo, having waited a lifetime to be able to perform in front of family and friends roaring you on. But some Olympians say that the absence of fans may not be that disconcerting — if only because nobody […]

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Ross Young: Bringing USA Rugby Out of Bankruptcy and Ready to Bid for World Cups

USA Rugby has gone through a lot during the past year-plus. Not only was it dramatically affected by the pandemic like every other national governing body in the Olympic movement, it had to file for bankruptcy protection last year. Having come through the process with a streamlined operation, USA Rugby now looks ahead to the […]

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Children’s Plant Project Another Sign of What Could Have Been at 2021 Olympics

Tokyo 2020, the local organizing committee of the Olympic Games, had all the right intentions when it set out to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Like all host committees, it sought ways to engage the community by getting involved however they could. One of the projects organizers created was called Flower Lane, an effort […]

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United States' A'Ja Wilson, center, grabs a rebound between Nigeria's Adaora Elonu, left, and Atonye Nyingifa during women's basketball preliminary round play at the 2020 Olympic Summer Games on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Saitama, Japan. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

At the 2021 Olympic Games, Women Rule

If you asked 100 people interested in this year’s Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo which athlete they want to see the most, it’s a safe bet the first name mentioned would be Simone Biles. Several may say Katie Ledecky. Others would say Allyson Felix, A’ja Wilson or Alex Morgan. As the 50th anniversary of Title […]

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Hours after the IOC loosened rules on masks for medalists, several seemed to be pushing the limits. Photo: Jason Gewirtz
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IOC Loosens Mask Rules for Medal Images

As the COVID situation evolves at the Olympic Games, so too do some of the protocols for athletes, especially when it comes to the images that will be seen back home. Hours after insisting that athletes must keep their masks on during medal ceremonies, the International Olympic Committee reversed course Sunday to allow winners to […]

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