When New York Senator Chuck Schumer suggested Team America remake its uniforms on American soil, he had a specific company in mind: Hickey Freeman, a Rochester, New York, manufacturer that has spent more than 100 years producing menswear and dressing politicians—Chuck (and Mitt) included.
In the 1970s, a fierce power struggle over the future of amateur sports landed the U.S. Olympic Committee in a Cold War-era ballistic missile monitoring station in southern Colorado. That spawned a cottage industry today worth an estimated $215 million a year. With the summer Olympics around the corner, we delve into the story behind the city cultivating America’s top athletes.
Beijing's pollution isn't a secret. But as part of its bid to secure the Olympic contract, the world's 13th filthiest city (according to a World Bank study) embarked on a massive cleanup to improve air quality, sanitize drinking water and purify the rivers in time for the games, which began on Thursday. New sports stadiums were built with solar power and other energy-saving technologies, while new public transit systems were introduced to the streets. But can Beijing really claim this summer's games are green?