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The New Single-Medal Countries (and Two That Left the List)
A few weeks ago, we gave you 21 countries that have only won a single Olympic medal. Now that the London Games are through, it's time to update our list with the countries that netted their first-ever medal this summer, and the two countries that have now moved into multiple medal territory. First-time medals... READ ON
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Scenes From the 1908 London Olympic Marathon
In honor of today's Olympic marathon, here's a look back at the origin of the race, plus an explanation of the whole ".2"... READ ON
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8 Underdog Nations and Their Memorable Olympic Performances
This week, the tiny Caribbean nation of Grenada won its first Olympic medal when 19-year-old Kirani James took the gold in the 400-meter dash. With a population of 104,000, Grenada is the 17th-smallest country in the world, and now the smallest nation to win a gold medal. Here's a look back at eight other great Olympic performances from underdog nations. 1. India: 1928 Amsterdam Summer Olympics India may be the second-most populated nation in the world, but prior to London 2012, they’d only... READ ON
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Olympic Cyclists and Their Giant Thighs
Sure, Olympians are crazy fit, but there's something about those indoor track cyclists that makes your jaw plummet to the floor. What is it? Oh, yes, their massive thighs. Thunder doesn't even begin to describe them. The largest ones, which at last count belonged to German cyclist Robert Forstemann (above), aptly nicknamed "Mr. Thigh," are as wide as the average man's waist (34 inches around). Perhaps you've seen this frightening photo in the Twittersphere of a German cyclist "thigh-off"? Forstemann's... READ ON
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A Brief History of Olympic Defectors
For some athletes, the Olympics aren’t just a competition: they’re a chance to escape oppression. Earlier this week, seven of Cameroon’s athletes disappeared from London’s Olympic Village. The week before, three runners from Sudan’s Olympic training squad filed for asylum in Britain. Here’s a look at some other Olympic defections. 1948 Summer Olympics: London Marie Provaznikova, a Czech who was President of the International Gymnastics Federation, was the first person to defect from the... READ ON
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Prince Harry is Partial Owner of a Racehorse Named Usain Colt
John Stillwell/PA Photos/Landov Adrienne Crezo is on vacation this week, but she found time to share that fact with me yesterday. I am grateful. Stealing a line from our Managing Editor Jessanne Collins, I love the things that things are named. If you'd like to use this opening to come up with some punny names for your hypothetical racehorses, please do so in the comments. (You can read more about Usain Colt in this Sports Illustrated article from last... READ ON
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Remembering Reebok's "Dan and Dave" Campaign 20 Years Later
Twenty years ago, Reebok introduced us to "Dan and Dave." Once American sports fans moved beyond their game of word association -- "Who?" -- the two men involved became part of one of the most memorable marketing campaigns in history despite a letdown of Olympic... READ ON
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4 Times Olympians Refused Their Medals
South Korean fencer Shin A-Lam provided one of the indelible images of the 2012 London Olympics when she staged an hour-long, tearful protest after losing to Germany’s Britta Heidemann in an individual epee semifinal match. Shin’s coach claimed Heidemann’s winning hit came after the final second on the clock, which was being controlled by a 15-year-old British volunteer, had elapsed. Shin was required to stay on the piste while the judges considered--and ultimately rejected--her appeal. After Shin... READ ON
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The Olympic Swimmer With Only One Leg
Oscar Pistorius is one of the best stories of the 2012 London Games. Yesterday, the South African double amputee advanced to the semi-finals of the men's 400-meters. He'll also compete in the 4x400-meter relay. Pistorius, who runs on specially designed carbon-fiber prosthetics called Cheetahs, is the only amputee competing in London. But he's not the... READ ON
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11 of the Craziest Events in Olympic History
Olympic history books are filled with stories of amazing individual performances and team achievements. But from poorly conceived competitions to spectators attacking the judges, a lot of crazy stuff has happened in the Summer Olympics. 1. Killing Animals Causes Horror, Fainting Live Pigeon Shooting, 1900 Paris... READ ON
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How Much Gold is in a Gold Medal?
On our last semi-regular "Ask Matt" day, reader Mel asked, “Are there standards for just how much gold is in those gold medals these Olympic athletes are... READ ON
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The Time They Used a Cigarette Lighter to Light the Olympic Torch
When it comes to the Olympic Flame, its keepers take no chances. Multiple backup sources are lit from the torch so that if the original goes out (which isn’t totally uncommon), it can be reignited using the same fire. But what happens when the Flame goes out and the backups are nowhere to be found? That’s exactly what happened during the 1976 Montreal Summer... READ ON
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NBC Paid $1.2 Billion to Broadcast the London Olympics. Where Does That Money Go?
Dave Hogan/NBCNBC paid the International Olympic Committee a record $1.18 billion for the U.S. broadcast rights to the 2012 London Games and $4.38 billion for the four Olympics from 2014-2020. What does the IOC do with all that cash?According to the IOC’s Olympic Marketing Fact... READ ON
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Olympic Art Competitions: The End
We're taking a look back at the fine art competitions that originated in ancient Greece and were revived as part of the modern Olympics from 1912 to... READ ON
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5 Memorable Moments from Past Opening Ceremonies
As the Olympic Games get set to kick off in London with the opening ceremony on Friday, we know that the next couple of weeks will feature some fantastic athletic stories to inspire us, amaze us, and occasionally make us laugh. However, don't discount the opening ceremony itself as a chance for some memorable Olympic moments. Past ceremonies have been known to include their own little quirks, disasters, and political flaps. Here are a few of the best. 1. The Olympic Torch Becomes a Korean BBQ The 1988... READ ON
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The 21 Countries With One Olympic Medal
Earlier today, we quizzed you on the countries that have won more than 100 Olympic medals. Now it's time for the other side of the equation. Twenty-one countries have won just one medal. Here are the stories of the national heroes who brought those medals home.... READ ON

It took three people to compose “The Hokey Pokey." Roland Lawrence “Larry” LaPrise, Charles Macack, and Taft Baker wrote the tune in 1949 to entertain tired skiers at nightclubs in Sun Valley, Idaho.

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