In the Aug. 8 episode of Slate's Hang Up and Listen bonus segment, Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and Justin Peters discuss NBC's Olympics coverage in Rio de Janeiro and ask some big questions. The games are exciting, of course, but what actually defines good Olympics coverage? How can you tell if the Olympics are going well? And lastly, who really benefits from the good news?
The panel had been in a rush to decide in March whether to pursue the 2026 or 2030 games but is now focused on 2030. The U.S. Olympic Committee announced in Pyeongchang that it will not pursue a 2026 bid unless the International Olympic Committee decides to award bids for both years at once. Denver's group now plans to make a recommendation to the mayor and governor by late April or early May, although chairman Rob Cohen said the exploratory committee would readjust its timeline if a dual bid becomes a possibility.
The U.S. has 33 swimming medals from Rio, took 12 more in gymnastics and were up to 11 in track and field through Tuesday evening -- that number almost certain to rise over the coming days. Fencing delivered four medals and sailing saw Americans take medals after going 0-for-London four years ago. And some chances have slipped away, too, as evidenced by the Americans failing to win a single gold on Monday after winning at least one in every full day of the London Games.