It’s Olympic season and this week we’re going to be talking about the Sochi games.
Listen to Canadian journalist, Jian Ghomeshi report from Sochi.
As you listen think about:
What are some things that Russia has done to improve Sochi’s appearance?
What are some of the contradictions that Jian notices?
After listening to the audio text, read the transcript of the essay.
Q Blog: Sochi
What do you think about Russia’s choice to host the games in Sochi?
Can you think of any other contradictions?
This week we’re going to be talking about doping and sports. The most famous case is of course, Lance Armstrong!
First watch Armstrong’s « confession » with the American talk show host Oprah Winfrey.
As you know this discovery was a major scandal in the sporting world. Film maker Alex Gibney, tries to explain Armstrong’s doping in his recent documentary. Check out the preview:
How does Armstrong feel about winning and losing?
What motivated the journalist to make the film?
Why did so many people want to believe that Armstrong did not dope?
Professional athletes make a ton of money! What sports do you think are the highest paying?
Every year Forbes compiles a list of the highest paid professional athletes, check out the link to see if you were correct:
Now listen to the MP3 recording and then listen a second time while reading along with this PDF file.
According to the article, what is the problem with high football player salaries?
What do you think?
– Should there be a salary cap in professional football?
– Why do football players and other professional athletes make so much money?