Olympic fever gripped world’s street papers this August

As the triumphs of the Rio Games captured the world’s imaginations this summer, street papers gave their own take on the Olympic spirit with gold-standard covers.

Dutch paper Z! gave a personal look at the life of a pro-tennis coach, revealing the drama and pressure of working with the stars. They even had tips on how to deal with ‘racket-breakers’.

The Big Issue UK sported a striking Rio-inspired cover collage. They also went behind the glamour to expose the doping, corruption, debt and concerns about zika virus that were simmering beneath the surface of the games.

StreetWise gave their readers in Chicago the ultimate guide to the games – featuring a handy ‘who’s who’ and top recommendations for what to watch.

Away from the field of play, Norwegan paper Sorgenfri told the story of Ulf Risnes, the brains behind Trondheim-based pop group Tre Små Kinesere [Three Little Chinese, in English] and how he found tranquillity through kickboxing.

In Ohio, Street Speech‘s cover focused on their investigation into violence and gun control in America, questioning the legitimacy of the use of guns in the police force.

Making love not war, Denmark’s Hus Forbi put the wedding of two of their vendors centre stage. Editor Poul Struve Neilson was there on the special day to see the bride’s beautiful dress and the groom proudly wearing his Hus Forbi uniform.

Megafon in Norway kept up the warm fuzzy feelings, as they met rescue dogs son a visit to a Norwegian animal hospital.

The Big Issue Korea caught up with South Korea-based US heart-throb Eric Nam. The singer and television host became a star after being discovered on YouTube.

Dortmund’s Bodo came face-to-face with the ‘cuddly lawnmowers’ taking over Alstedde. The small north German town now has a Peruvian feel, as alpacas take to the hills.

We’ve all been rickrolled at some point – but did you ever wonder how Rick Astley felt about the prank? Big Issue North found out in an exclusive interview with the singer about his life since Never Gonna Give You Up.

Cinema giant Steven Spielberg was on the cover of The Big Issue Japan, ahead of his adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG.

Both Swiss paper Surprise and Düsseldorf paper FiftyFifty published INSP’s News Service interview with Yanis Varoufakis in which he talks about the future of the EU and the refugee crisis.

Dealing with the refugee crisis on the other side of the Atlantic, Vancouver street paper Megaphone spoke to a Syrian refugee family about their struggle to find a home in Canada, and the turmoil they overcame to get there.

Meanwhile Street Sense told the story of the Harvard graduate who started to enable people to volunteer their spare rooms to shelter people in crisis – including refugees and victims of domestic violence.

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