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Pat McMahon

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In this Jan. 12, 2011, file photo, Italian IOC member Mario Pescante attends the opening of the executive board's meeting at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. Pescante criticized the United States on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, for including openly gay athletes in its official delegation for next month's Sochi Olympics. "It's absurd that a country like that sends four lesbians to Russia just to demonstrate that in their country gay rights have (been established)," Pescante said at an Italian Olympic Committee meeting in Milan, in comments widely reported by Italian media. (AP Photo/Keystone, Dominic Favre, File)

I want to take a personal look at terrorists at the Winter Olympics. Not the kind who wraps themselves in explosives and slaughter people in order to prove how much God loves them. No, there's been another kind of psychological power wielding that's been a part of this international competition for leadership.

Instead of something as permanently destructive as bombs, these are the officials, mostly men, who wear the symbolic rings on their jackets and ruin lives with destructive decisions. In Sochi, security can protect us from most religious and political zealots, but my focus falls on those who hire the security and those who choose which cities may host the games and those who make the rules.

Corruption and bribery seem to be competitions themselves. Even a venue as seemingly unstained as Salt Lake City was hit by scandal.

And, gender discrimination is historic.

Do you know this will be the first Winter Olympics in which women can participate in ski jumping? Just a few years ago that was true of pole vaulting and before that distance running. Why? Because grizzled, self-serving, old men were in charge of the Olympics. And sadly many of them still are.

I'm Pat McMahon

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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