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August 10, 2012 2 Comments

Drama Marks Historic Day At The Olympics

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.

August 10, 2012 Comment

Kenya’s Late Sammy Wanjiru Casts Shadow Over Men’s Marathon

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.

August 7, 2012 5 Comments

What Happens To Olympic Stadiums After The Games?

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.

August 3, 2012 2 Comments

Fierce Competition Expected In ‘Best Women’s Marathon Ever Assembled’

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

August 2, 2012 7 Comments

Olympic Track And Field: Can The Beast Be Tamed?

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.

July 30, 2012 2 Comments

Athletes, Fans React To Olympics On Social Media

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.

July 30, 2012 Comment

Empty Seats Cause Embarrassment For Olympic Organizers

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

July 30, 2012 Comment

An Olympic Reflection

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

July 27, 2012 3 Comments

How To Watch The London Olympics

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.

July 27, 2012 Comment

Mix Of Excitement And Drama Ahead Of London Opening Ceremonies

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.

July 25, 2012 3 Comments

Munich Olympics Tragedy Still Resonates

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

July 20, 2012 Comment

Olympic Rower Got Her Start Helping Veterans

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

July 13, 2012 2 Comments

Olympic Athletes Turn To Scientists In Going For The Gold

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.

June 29, 2012 4 Comments

Steve Prefontaine’s Olympic Trials Record Broken, By Less Than A Second

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.

June 27, 2012 6 Comments

Runner Amby Burfoot Puts Olympic Trial Drama In Context

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.

June 21, 2012 3 Comments

How London Got The Olympics

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.

April 30, 2012 Comment

Excited About The Olympics? For One Londoner, Not So Much

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

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