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London Olympics : Photos
A visual history of odd and unlikely Olympic events

9 of the strangest Olympic events: A visual history

Tug of war, pistol dueling, and live pigeon shooting — those are just some of the oddest events in Olympic history, a few of which still exist today

 
London Olympics : Opinion Brief
Some fans are furious that NBC is waiting several hours to broadcast top Olympic events, well after the results have circulated on Twitter and other online channels.

Is NBC botching its coverage of the London Olympics?

Tape delays, spoilers, and questionable programming decisions have prompted a noisy chorus of Twitter users to bestow the network with an ignominious hashtag: #NBCFail

 
London Olympics : The List
Michael Phelps looks on after competing in heat four of the Men's 400-meter individual medley on July 28: Phelps may be struggling because his training regimen since the last Olympic games has been less than gold-medal worthy.

What happened to Michael Phelps? 5 theories

Phelps, perhaps the greatest swimmer ever, had a rough start in London. Here, possible explanations for the Beijing Olympics hero's early struggle

 
London Olympics : Analysis
Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte will go head to head several times in London, starting with Saturday's 400-individual medley.

London Olympics: 7 must-see showdowns

With hundreds of events, the Games can overwhelm even the most masochistic viewers. Here, a guide to the matchups you won't want to miss

 
London Olympics : Instant Guide
Im Dong Hyun, an Olympic archer from South Korea who is legally blind, broke his own world record, scoring 699 out of 720 in the first round of competition.

How did a blind archer set a world record at the Olympics?

Im Dong Hyun of South Korea can barely read a newspaper, but he can hit a bullseye with a bow and arrow from 70 meters away

 
London Olympics : Fact Sheet
Swimmers like Michael Phelps reportedly dive into massive egg-and-pancake breakfasts to make sure they have enough calories to fuel their record-setting Olympic performances.

The insane junk-food diets of high-endurance Olympians

Pizza, beer, and ice cream are actually staples for some elite athletes, who gorge themselves on mountains of unhealthy food to meet 6,000-calorie daily quotients

 
Extreme Sports : Fact Sheet
Extreme sportsman Felix Baumgartner jumps from a helicopter over Sweden in 2006: The 43-year-old daredevil will attempt to be the first person to reach the speed of sound without a plane.

The man who wants to freefall from space

Austria's Felix Baumgartner will become the first human to break the sound barrier if he successfully completes a 23-mile jump from a helium balloon

 
London Olympics : Best Video
Workers for the Czech artist David Cerny check the hydraulic arms of his newest sculpture, "London Boosted" which will be displayed outside of the Czech Team's Olympic headquarters in London.

Olympic madness: The double-decker bus that does push-ups

A Czech artist transforms a traditional London double-decker bus into a six-ton, push-up-performing robotic sculpture in honor of the 2012 games

 
Penn State Scandal : Opinion Brief
Penn State students react to the NCAA punishment which includes a $60 million fine and a four-year ban from post-season bowl games. 

The NCAA's Penn State punishment: Too harsh?

The university's storied football program may have a hard time recovering from the penalties imposed on Monday over the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal

 
Penn State Scandal : Analysis
Workers wrap the state of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno as they prepare to remove it July 22.

Penn State takes down the Joe Paterno statue: 6 takeaways

In a controversial move, crews remove the legendary coach's likeness from outside the university's football stadium, more fallout from the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse case

 
London Olympics : In-depth briefing
Many Londoners are regretful of the upcoming Olympic games, especially due to the "Olympic levy" tax they will be forced to pay to cover the billions of dollars being spent on the games.

London's Olympic regrets

With the 2012 Summer Games soon to begin, Londoners aren't sure hosting them was such a brilliant idea

 
London Olympics : Instant Guide
A woman sits at the water's edge in Bournemouth, England: According to a recent survey, 63 percent of Brits lead an inactive lifestyle.

The U.K.'s failed pre-Olympics weight-loss program

British Olympic organizers pledged in 2005 to get two million U.K. citizens to exercise more before the games, but the initiative flopped. What went wrong?

 
Sports : Opinion Brief
Basketball wunderkind Jeremy Lin is taking his talents to the Houston Rockets after the New York Knicks failed to match Houston's three-year, $25 million offer.

The New York Knicks ditch Jeremy Lin: Huge mistake?

"Linsanity" is going to the Houston Rockets, and his ardent fans in the Big Apple are howling in protest

 
London Olympics : Opinion Brief
Swimmer Ryan Lochte models a casual Ralph Lauren Summer Olympic uniform in 2011: The U.S. Olympic Committee promises to address outsourcing concerns for the designer's 2014 Winter Olympic uniforms.

Team USA's 'made in China' outfits: Has the outrage gone overboard?

On the heels of a renewed controversy, senators push a bill to force the U.S. Olympic Committee to make sure all ceremonial uniforms are made in the U.S.A

 
Penn State Scandal : Opinion Brief
The fate of a bronze statue of the late Joe Paterno outside Penn State's Beaver Stadium remains in limbo following new revelations in the Jerry Sandusky child-sex abuse scandal.

Should Penn State take down Joe Paterno's statue?

After a damning report leaves little doubt that JoePa helped cover for Sandusky, many question why Penn State is still honoring the late football coach

 
London Olympics : Opinion Brief
The 1992 men's Olympic basketball team, which included Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan, is widely considered the most talented in history. The 2012 basketball squad would beg to differ.

Kobe versus Jordan: Could the 2012 Olympic team beat the '92 squad?

A tantalizing fantasy match-up — Kobe and LeBron competing against Magic and MJ in their primes — has hoops junkies in a lather

 
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