Quest for Gold – Episode 21: The Curious Case of Richard Jewell and the 1996 Olympics

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On this week’s episode of Quest for Gold:

Russia has been banned from the Olympics for not complying with doping rules.

U.S. boxers begin their journey to Tokyo.

A Team USA baseball player from Orland Park just signed with an MLB team.

We get an update on weightlifter Mattie Sasser’s Quest For Gold.

A former Mexican gymnast is accused of abusing a young gymnast in the Chicago area for decades.

And this week we go in depth to talk about Richard Jewell, the man once dubbed a hero, before being accused of setting off a bomb during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, killing two in injuring dozens.

Jewell was eventually cleared of wrongdoing, but 23 years later it remains a fascinating story.  So much so that Clint Eastwood has directed a movie about it called ‘Richard Jewell.’  It hit theaters this weekend.

On this week’s Quest for Gold we talk with authors  Kent Alexander and Kevin Salwen.  Their book ‘The Suspect: An Olympic Bombing, the FBI, the Media and Richard Jewell the Man Caught in the Middle‘ goes into depth about Jewell, the reporter who outed him as a suspect, and everything that went into those troubled, yet financially and athletically successful 1996 Olympics.

Here is a review from WGN’s Dean Richards on the move ‘Richard Jewell’:

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