An artist's representation of an artificial meteor shower.

This Startup Wants to Open the 2020 Olympics With a Man-Made Meteor Shower

Could the only thing better than fireworks be fireworks launched from space?

A man with a mind-controlled prosthetic competes in a test run of October's Cybathlon in Switzerland.

Switzerland Will Host the First Cyborg Olympics

The “Cybathlon” will show what happens when humans and machines collaborate

Local workers disinfects the famous Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 26 January 2016.

Zika Virus May Spell Trouble for the Rio Olympic Games

U.S Olympic Committee officials suggest that athletes concerned about Zika stay on the sidelines this year

Russia's Anna Sidorova plays during the 2014 World Women's Curling Championship.

The World of Competitive Curling Has Its Very Own Scandal

Is new technology too dominant for the Olympic sport?

The International Olympic Committee Just Rescued Its Priceless Video Archive

Seven years and 100,000 hours of work later, the IOC’s archive has been digitized and preserved

London Paralympic winners.

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine May Be Derailing the Paralympics

As the rest of the world considers what to do about Russia’s military actions, the Paralympians find themselves in limbo


Here’s What Sochi Looks Like from the ISS

In some ways, they have the best view of anybody this year - no stray dogs, or double toilets, just beautiful lights and an interrupted stream

What Happens When There’s a Tie at the Olympics?

Until they start 3D printing golds on demand the IOC will have to prepare for ties, regardless of how unlikely they are

A damaged Olympic Symbol from the 1984 Winter Olympics.

Sarajevo's Abandoned Olympic Sites

Haunting images of a war-torn Winter Olympic venue


Modern Olympic Athletes Are Bigger, Stronger And Far, Far More Specialized

Over time, Olympians are changing shape to suit their sport

Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the U.S. perform during the ice dance free dance at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Nice, France, on March 29, 2012.

Why Reality TV May Bring Team USA Its First Gold in Ice Dancing

Amy Henderson, curator of the Smithsonian's "Dancing the Dream" exhibition, chronicles the meteoric rise of a dazzling sport once considered vulgar


Sochi 2014: What's In & What's Out

So much has changed since London and Vancouver. Let us guide you through the new Olympic scene

Can a Statistical Model Accurately Predict Olympic Medal Counts?

Data miners have developed models that predict countries' medal counts by looking solely at stats like latitude and GDP

United States athletes at the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Who Really Composed NBC's Olympic Theme? Not Who You Think

Music for the Olympic Games has a long and complicated history—and John Williams, the Star Wars composer, is only part of it

Omega's red measuring units can be mounted on the sides of bobsleds to track performance.

Five High-Tech Tools to Boost Athletes to Olympic Glory

Athletes are using cutting-edge training devices that they hope will give them a competitive advantage

Russia's Getting Strict About Doping at Sochi

There will almost certainly be those who get away with it, but you can’t say the Russians aren’t trying

A memorial ceremony held in 1974 in Tel Aviv, where a tribute to the victims of the Munich massacre was unveiled.

How Worried Should We Be About Terrorism at the Sochi Olympics?

The 1972 summer games held in Munich, Germany, suffered the worst terrorist attack in history

Some Olympic Athletes Have To Crowd-Source Money to Get to Russia

While Olympic athletes may be our heroes, they aren't getting rich off their work, and some have to crowd-source funding for their trips to Sochi

The 1984 U.S. Olympic team march into the Los Angeles Coliseum during the opening ceremony for the 1984 Summer Olympics.

As the Olympic Games Conclude, a Look Back at U.S. Opening Ceremony Outfits

The photos tell the story here, as Team USA has always had an eccentric taste in its uniforms


The Swimsuit Series, Part 5: Olympic Athletes, Posing

Vintage styles cycle in and out of favor among medal-winning racers

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