2004 Olympics, Tarnished and Targets of Terrorism?

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Four weeks from today, with the Pantheon in view, Greece will lead the march into the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremonies of the 2004 Games. More than 10,000 athletes will try to put aside the swirling talk of potential terrorism, rampant drug use, and unfinished construction, and focus on the pursuit of their dreams. Not since Berlin in 1936, with the tension of Hitler fostering his Aryan ideologue, has there been so much negative anticipation of an Olympic games. After overwhelming fixation on everything but the athletes, will the magic of the torch, the rings, the gold-medal efforts still sparkle this time around in Greece? Guest host Diana Nyad speaks with sports historians, journalists from the US, Brazil and France about the radical changes the Olympics have undergone and the difficulties for the Athens Games.
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Guest host Diana Nyad holds the world record for the longest swim without the aid of a cage -- from Bimini to Florida, 102.5 miles! She was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame last year. She's a business sports columnist for Marketplace, and has served as senior sports correspondent for Fox News, and hosted her own show on CNBC. She's written three books, Other Shores, Basic Training and The Keyshawn Johnson Story.


2004 Athens Olympics

BALCO Laboratory

US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

Almond's article on sprinter Torri Edwards and doping

Hoberman's The Olympic Crisis: Sport, Politics and The Moral Order

Hoberman's Mortal Engines: The Science of Performance and the Dehumanization of Sport

World Health Organization (WHO) on AIDS/HIV

15th International AIDS Conference



Warren Olney