Summer Olympics

Athletes with Down Syndrome compete in the first-ever Olympic-style competition for people with the condition.

Italy Just Hosted the First Olympics-Like Competition for People With Down Syndrome

The unique competition drew 1,000 athletes

An artist's rendition of the Rio Olympics facilities for the 2016 Summer Games. Some of the media accommodations were apparently built on top of remnants of Brazil's slave history.

The Media Village at the Rio Olympics Is Built on a Mass Grave of Slaves

As Brazil looks forward to an Olympic future, it buries its past

Paul Amotun Lokoro and Anjelina Nadai Lohalith of South Sudan, part of the Olympic's first team of refugees

Olympics Allows Refugees to Compete on Their Own Team

Ten refugee-athletes from Syria, Sudan, Ethiopia and the Republic of Congo will compete at the Rio Olympics

Jesse Owens' coach at Ohio State, Larry Snyder, taught Owens to crouch more compactly at the starting line so that he could get a faster start.

A Sports Curator at the Smithsonian Unpacks the Myths and Reality in the Film "Race"

Jesse Owens is best known for his performance at the 1936 Berlin Games, but curator Damion Thomas says there is more to the story

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

Why the International Olympic Committee is Worried About Water Quality in Rio

Viruses and bacteria may threaten swimmers in the 2016 summer games


Scientists Explain How an All Drug Olympics Could Create the Greatest Athletes Ever

If we let athletes dope all they want, just how big, fast and strong can they really get?

Esparza will fight for Team U.S.A. in the first Summer Olympics where women’s boxing is now an official sport.

Meet Team USA’s Marlen Esparza, the New Face of Women’s Boxing

The flyweight pugilist has spent all her life waiting for the chance to compete on the Olympic stage. Now, she just needs to win


Why don’t sprinters start with a pistol anymore? They’re too fast

The classic starting gun leaves too much margin of error, so London has switch to an electronic beep.

Susan Williams smiles at her daughter, Sydney, after she receives the bronze medal during ceremonies for the women's triathlon at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.

Susan Williams' Guide to Watching the Triathlon

The bronze medalist offers a cheat sheet on her sport's rules, maneuvers and game-changing moments

Charles Austin competes in the high jump at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

Charles Austin's Guide to Watching the High Jump

The gold medalist offers a cheat sheet on his sport's rules, maneuvers and slang

Natalie Golda looks to pass the ball during a preliminary round water polo match at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Natalie Golda's Guide to Watching Water Polo

The silver medalist tells you all you need to know about her sport


Photos: Your Favorite Summer Olympian

Recall the athletes who capture our imaginations every four years and let us know who is your favorite

Fanny Blanker-Koen crosses the finish line to become the first triple champion of the 14th Olympic Games.

How Fanny Blankers-Koen Became the 'Flying Housewife' of the 1948 London Games

Voted female athlete of the 20th century, the runner won four gold medals while pregnant with her third child


Document Deep Dive: A Peek at the 1948 Games in London

Records at the National Archives in London show how organizers cobbled together the 1948 "Austerity" Games

One goal at the 2010 World Cup reignited a debate that sparked the future introduction of goal line technology.

Gooooal! Two Technologies Compete to Sense Soccer Goals

A major botched call by referees during the World Cup has opened the door for computerized replacements

Can you predict how fast these women will run the 100m hurdles? Math might.

How to Win Money by Predicting the Olympics

Statistics could help predict just how fast athletes will run and swim at this summer's Olympics

Dana Chladek competes in the Olympic Slalom Trials in 1992.

Dana Chladek's Guide to Watching Canoe Slalom

The silver medalist explains the ins and outs of her sport

Anna Goodale (right) and Zsuzsanna Francia (left) compete in the women's pairs event at the FISA Rowing World Cup in Germany in 2008.

Anna Goodale's Guide to Watching Rowing

The gold medalist shares her favorite Olympic moment, and explains the basics of her sport

Recent studies indicate that the brain's insular cortex may help a sprinter drive his body forward just a little more efficiently than his competitors.

A Single Brain Structure May Give Winners That Extra Physical Edge

An extraordinary insula helps elite athletes better anticipate their body's upcoming feelings, improving their physical reactions

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