The Olympics Turn into A Five-Ring Circus

Salt Lake City faces charges that it bought the games from the International Olympic Committee

Salt Lake City, at the base of the splendid and snowy Wasatch mountains, placed a close second to Nagano, Japan, in the race to host the 1998 Winter Olympics. So the pious and dogged capital of Utah went back to work on its fifth bid in three decades.

Ultimately, the International Olympic Committee awarded the city the 2002 Winter Olympics by an overwhelming margin. Mormon determination, it seemed, had paid off. Or had it?

After a leak to a Salt Lake City TV station by a disgruntled employee of the local organizing committee and provocative questions raised by a member of...