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Olympics 2012

Friday, August 10, 2012
United States' Carli Lloyd (10) celebrates after scoring against Japan goalkeeper Miho Fukumoto (1) during the women's soccer gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (AP)

It’s been an incredible 14 days in London. We look at some of the top performances from the USA women’s soccer team to Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and Kenyan runner David Rushida. Plus, a look at swimmer Michael Phelps and decathlete Aston Eaton.

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Friday, August 10, 2012
Kenya's Sammy Kamau Wanjiru won the gold during the men's marathon at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Wanjiru died in Kenya last year in an alcohol-related accident. (AP)

The men’s marathon wraps up the Olympics on Sunday. Here & Now’s Alex Ashlock writes about the contenders, and how the late Kenyan runner Sammy Wanjiru’s 2008 record win is pushing athletes to new levels.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Fireworks illuminate the sky over Olympic Stadium during Opening Ceremonies at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

After the 2012 Summer Games are over, officials say they want to reduce the size of the Olympic Stadium. What typically happens to Olympic Stadiums after they exit the world stage? See our slideshow of famous Olympic Stadiums.

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Friday, August 3, 2012
From left: Kara Goucher, Shalane Flanagan, Amy Hastings and Desiree Davila compete in the U.S. Olympic women's marathon trials in January in Houston. (AP)

Runner’s World editor at large Amby Burfoot expects an “unbelievable” competition in this Sunday’s women’s marathon.

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Thursday, August 2, 2012
World champion Yohan Blake, right, is congratulated by world-record holder Usain Bolt after Blake defeated Bolt in the 100m final at Jamaica's Olympic trials in Kingston, Jamaica in June. (AP)

Amby Burfoot of Runner’s World says after some recent high profile wins, Jamaican Yohan Blake, aka “The Beast,” may have the edge over world record holder Usain Bolt in the 100-meter final.

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Monday, July 30, 2012
Team USA basketball star LeBron James posted this photo on the social media photo site, Instagram, with the caption: "Me with one of the best the game of basketball has to offer #USA."

Social media is changing the way people are getting information about the 2012 London Olympics. Fans and athletes at the games are tweeting, posting amateur photos on Instagram and criticizing the way the Olympics are covered by traditional media.

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Monday, July 30, 2012
British soldiers watch gymnast Simona Castro Lazo from Chile perform during the Artistic Gymnastics women's qualification at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday in London. Troops, teachers and students are getting free tickets to fill prime seats that were empty at some Olympic venues on the first full day of competition. (AP)

A large portion of Monday’s daily Olympic organizing committee briefing was spent discussing one subject: tickets.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Here & Now’s Alex Ashlock is watching the Olympics closely, especially the sports that fall off the radar after the games.

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Friday, July 27, 2012
The royal barge Gloriana carries the Olympic flame along the river Thames on the final day of the Torch Relay, Friday, in London. (AP)

There have never been so many ways to watch the Olympics. We navigate the maze with Richard Sandomir, TV sports and business reporter for the New York Times.

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Friday, July 27, 2012
People cross the Westminster bridge to watch the royal barge Gloriana carry the Olympic flame along the river Thames, ahead of the 2012 Summer Olympics, on the final day of the Torch Relay, Friday.  (AP)

The Opening Ceremonies for the 30th Olympic Games in London are only a few hours away, as questions still remain over security and the city’s transit system.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012
A Sept. 5, 1972 file photo shows a member of the Palestinian terrorist group who seized members of the Israeli Olympic team at their quarters at the Munich Olympic Village as the person appears with a hood over his face on the balcony of the village building where the hostages were held. (AP)

Here & Now’s Alex Ashlock looks back on the attacks at the Munich Olympics 40 years ago.

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Friday, July 20, 2012
Rower Natalie Dell. (Courtesy Allison Frederick, USRowing)

We speak with U.S. Olympic rower Natalie Dell, who trained in Boston, where she also worked helping veterans with PTSD.

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Friday, July 13, 2012
Hurdler Lolo Jones works with a team of coaches and sports technologists to improve her form.

Since the first modern Olympics, athletes have trained to perfect their form. Now scientists and technicians are analyzing an athlete’s every movement to give an edge.

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Friday, June 29, 2012
Galen Rupp celebrates after finishing first in the men's 5,000 meter finals at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials Thursday, in Eugene, Ore. (AP)

Pre would be proud, and maybe a little ticked off. Thursday night at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, Galen Rupp broke Steve Prefontaine’s Olympic Trials record with an incredible sprint to the finish in the 5,000-meters.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Jeneba Tarmoh (bottom) and Allyson Felix cross the finish line at exactly the same time in the women's 100 meter dash final during Day Two of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 23, 2012 in Eugene, Oregon. (USTF)

With the start of the summer Olympics a month from today, Runner’s World editor-at-large Amby Burfoot joins us to look at the team selection process in track and field.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012
An aerial view of the Velodrome for the 2012 Games in the VeloPark in London. (AP/Anthony Charlton, ODA. Ho)

In an effort to secure the bid to host the 2012 Olympics, the city of London did everything from manipulating traffic lights to promising designated Olympic street lanes to impress the International Olympic Committee.

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Monday, April 30, 2012
Lanyards for the London 2012 Olympic Games are prepared, in London. (AP)

Journalist Michael Goldfarb writes that, “The closer the Games come in time and space the more I am dreading them.”

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