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What to expect as another Olympic Games begins

Lake Placid's ski jumping complex
Pat Bradley/WAMC
Lake Placid's ski jumping complex

The Beijing Olympics get under way later this week, just six months after the delayed Tokyo games wrapped up. The games are back in Beijing for the second time since the summer Olympics in 2008.

Several countries including the U.S. are sending athletes but not diplomats to China as part of a partial boycott. One American who will be in China for the Olympics is Les Carpenter of the Washington Post, who spoke with WAMC's Ian Pickus.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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