Dave Zirin in full animated flight at Simon Fraser Unversity.
Dave Zirin is a rare animal indeed, and a bit of a shit disturber. He's a "political" sports writer who isn't willing to let sports off the hook for it's potential leadership role in bringing social issues into the spotlight. What excites him about the Vancouver Olympics is that it's the first time there will be a 'convergence' of protesters, a la WTO in Seattle.
People who want to avoid any uncomfortable displays of protestation at sports events usually invoke "The purity of sport," making it sound as if sports is the sole bastion of the Aryan nation. One thing is for sure about the Winter Olympics - it's definitely a white affair. And in the history of protest at the Olympics, he reminded the audience of what was perhaps the pinnacle moment: Tommy Smith and John Carlos raising their fists in the Black Power salute on the podium to receive their Gold and Bronze medals at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.