Olympics Fever

Photograph by Peter Hapak for TIME

Pierre De Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympics, nobly tried to divorce the Olympics from politics. Oh, well. And that was back in 1896. But even as the Games have endured controversies over doping, bribery and the high-handed tactics of the International Olympic Committee, the beauty of sport, the spirit of the athletes and the pure meritocracy of physical ability always manage to triumph over politics. Which is why we have put together this special worldwide double issue on the Summer Olympics in London.

Depending on where you are, you may be holding in your hand--or seeing on your tablet--a...

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