There are several Maine athletes participating in the Winter Olympics, but only one carried a nation's flag into the opening ceremonies.

Dinos Lefkaritis, who carried the flag for Cyprus on Friday, is a junior at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

The Sun Journal reports that he's an engineering and economics major and the 12th Bates College Olympian.

He's the only member of the Cyprus team, and will compete in the alpine skiing events in South Korea.

The World of Sports

Feb 7, 2018

On the eve of the Winter Olympics, we discuss the latest news from the world of sports.  Topics to be discussed may include the Nassar sentencing, the Super Bowl outcome, the baseball Hall of Fame nominees, why pickleball may be the sport of the future, and whether checkers is a sport. 

Guests:  Glenn Jordan, staff writer for the Portland Press Herald

Karen Given, senior producer for “Only A Game” 

Korea & Global Relations

Feb 6, 2018

As the Winter Olympics open this week in Pyeong Chang, we discuss the latest news out of South and North Korea. How are relations between the two, and with the U.S.? How real is the nuclear threat?

Guests:  Bradley Babson, distinguished lecturer in the Department of Government and Legal Affairs at Bowdoin College, and consultant on Asian affairs

Rebecca Gibbons, visiting assistant professor of government at Bowdoin College


Patty Wight / Maine Public

Ruslan Reiter of Manchester, Maine, has been chosen to compete in Nordic skiing at the Paralympics in March. The 18-year old was born without a right hand and uses a single pole to ski.

In a recent interview with Maine Public Radio, Reiter said he was still trying to the comprehend the possibility he might make it to the Paralympics.

"It's just a huge goal,” said Reiter. “I don't know, it's just everything. Exciting. Nervous."

Patty Wight / Maine Public

As the winter Olympics approach in February, athletes are being named to final rosters, including four athletes from Maine. But some are still waiting to hear if they will be chosen for the games that come after that. 

Fred Harris, Class of 1911, founder of the Dartmouth Outing Club, soars through the air following his jump at the first Winter Carnival, which took place in 1911.
Rauner Special Collections Library

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., Jan. 4 at 10:00 pm
Sat., Jan. 6 at 11:00 am

Passion for Snow highlights the role of people from Dartmouth College, Hanover NH and Northern New England in developing all aspects of the modern ski industry since 1910, including initiating early alpine ski racing to leading the 10th Mountain Division in WWII to creating the Olympics, most ski resorts and all aspects of the greater ski industry.

For more viewing options and information about the production visit the film-maker's website.

Brazil and the Olympics

Aug 3, 2016


As the Summer Olympics are about to get underway, we look at life in Brazil and the challenges that country currently faces.

Guests:  Catherine Lee, Managing Partner, Lee International Business Development, which she founded in 1997. She focuses her current practice around clean energy, climate change projects, programs and policies in the US and internationally. 

Maria Antonieta, Portland-based fashion designer who is from Brazil

LEWISTON, Maine  - Team USA is going to be sporting red, white and blue boat shoes made in Maine at the summer Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The Sun Journal reports that team uniform maker Ralph Lauren has contracted with Rancourt & Co. in Lewiston to produce the casual, leather shoes that athletes will wear at the opening and closing ceremonies.