London Rings (2012 Olympics)

From whiff waff to water polo, Olympic sports are heeding the call and heading home for a great Games


Lolo's No Choke (2012 Olympics)

The U.S. hurdler stumbled horribly in Beijing, losing gold. What we can learn from her nightmare

Rivalries (2012 Olympics)

One legend. One phenom. Only one winner

Survival of the Fittest (2012 Olympics)

Want to compete in the Olympics? Science says your VO2 max better be up for it

The Gold Standard (2012 Olympics)

China's athletes demolish the competition in weight lifting and diving. It's not a passion; it's a job

Flip Artist (2012 Olympics)

Gabby Douglas swapped families and changed coaches to make herself an Olympic contender

The Challenger (2012 Olympics)

Afghanistan's first female boxer may take a pounding in the ring. Big deal. She's been in much tougher scraps back home

Fight Club (2012 Olympics)

The wrestlers of Chechnya and Dagestan compete as Russians. But in the hills — and even the gym — Russia is still the enemy

Swift Kick (2012 Olympics)

Homare Sawa lifted Japan with a World Cup win — and put women's football on the map

Great In '48 (2012 Olympics)

Medalists of the last London Games look back on their summer of victory

Pole Position (The Awesome Column / 2012 Olympics)

Turns out Olympic pole-vaulting is not as easy as it looks


Why Bain Matters

It's not just the tax returns. It's short-term profits vs. long-term investments


10 Questions for Tom Jones

Welsh singer and Olympic Games opening act Tom Jones on longevity, Sinatra and nixing the underwear toss


Staying in Power (Inbox)

Hong Kong's New Leader; The Online Classroom; Breathing Easier; Rail's Resurgence