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Why China Is Hosting the Winter Olympics

The free world dropped the ball

Olympic flags at the opening or closing ceremony during the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. Public domain.

In a little less than a month, the 24th Winter Olympic Games will begin. Most of the time, the Winter Games are not controversial. But this time, the games are a big source of controversy because of their location: Beijing, China.

It’s important to separate the Olympic games from the IOC. The athletes who spend years…