Lee Russakoff

A Sure Thing

It was as if we couldn’t lose … or couldn’t win … I’m still not sure. How could I be? It hasn’t happened since 1996. Atlanta. That was the last Olympics that saw an All-American beach volleyball final. How long ago was that? It was the Karch Kiraly days. In 1996, Karch and Kent Steffes […]

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USA Medal Stand Jacket? WANT

The Team USA Olympic medal stand jacket is awesome. Trust me, as someone who has put it on, it’s amazing. It looks incredible, it’s comfortable as hell, and oh … it glows in the dark. I’m not talking a cheesy, “Slimer” from Ghostbusters glow-in-the-dark. No, I’m talking a bad-ass, Jabbawockeez light-up-the-night glow-in-the-dark. “So what,” you […]

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Something About Forever

There’s something amazing about holding an Olympic ticket in your hand. Even when you know someone has one for you … once you finally get it in your possession, once you finally touch it, the neck hair leaps out of your body. It’s not the price, though the price is ludicrous. The ticket I used […]

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The Beautiful Con

Skeet shooting. Team archery. Field hockey. Canoe/Kayak. Equestrian. TRAMPOLINE. The sports of the summer games, America. Why do we care again? Why do we sit glued to our television sets as Michael Phelps tries to hold off a 20-year old South African 99.999999999 percent of us had never heard of until one minute and 53 […]

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Why We Need the Olympics

Nationalism can be dangerous. Nationalism can be divisive. Nationalism can cause war. This is all undeniably true. But that kind of nationalism, that divisive force, is completely non-Olympic. The Olympics aren’t cancerous. They aren’t segregating. They’re therapeutic. They remind us not how much we’re different, but how much we’re the same. The Games may split […]

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And Then Came the One-Eyed Mascots

The Games of the XXX Olympiad are finally here. Are you excited yet? Wenville (pictured right) sure is. Or maybe that’s Manlock. It’s always tough with twins. There’s nothing like the Olympics. From its weird androgynous alien mascots to its over-the-top Opening pageantry to its addictive nationalism, the Olympics captures the world’s attention unlike any […]

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