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LGWS Podcast #13: The 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics

Olympic Torch Relay, Day 14 Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images

It’s the summer doldrums here at H&R. Sure, we may get a few sound bites from the Big Ten Media Days, and sometimes we get some big recruiting news, but most of the time, it’s pretty slow around here. This allows us the chance to talk about other stuff in sports, especially the weird. That’s where this podcast comes in, to help fill in the gaps in the Purdue sports calendar.

23 years ago today, the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta kicked off, and they were...weird (hey, we’re just living up to the name of our podcast). From constant product placements, single-use stadiums, and events being held by carvings of losers and racists from the Civil War. Oh, and did we mention the weird mascot, Izzy? Some of these may seem normal now, but the Atlanta Olympics started a new trend for the Olympic Games, with some of those starting to be scaled back.

We hope you listen in on this weird podcast, as we try to fill in the doldrums of summer. Our new intro and outro music (just for LGWS pods) is courtesy of APM Music.

In case you missed it, we have changed our podcasting platform, which now includes ads (which we are not in control of). Here are ways you can continue accessing our podcasts. Not all platforms were updated, so I am only including updated links below.

All but one of our older podcasts moved onto the new platform, so we may have to reupload it.

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