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5 Fast Facts About Nancy Kerrigan
Big Question
What Happens to Usain Bolt's Stripped Olympic Medal?
When an athlete loses a gold medal, do they actually have to give it back?... READ ON
Fun
Olympian Publicly Thanks First Grader for Returning Stolen Gold Medal
Being a Good Samaritan pays off.... READ ON
Sports
Kenyan Olympian Claims Gold, Wins Electricity for Her Village
Faith Kipyegon's family can finally watch her race.... READ ON
Sports
Japan's 2020 Olympics Will Make Medals From Smartphones
Gold, silver, bronze: They'll all be green.... READ ON
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The Training Diets of 10 Famous Olympic Athletes
Elite sports champions burn so many calories that they need to constantly refuel.... READ ON
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The Etymology of 16 Weird and Wonderful Olympic Words
A look at some winning Olympic words, and their origins, taking the podium at Rio 2016.... READ ON
Big Question
Why Do Olympic Swimmers Wear Two Caps?
There's a reason why two caps are better than one.... READ ON
Olympics
The Fourth Type of Olympic Medal and 5 People Who Have Won It
The Pierre de Coubertin medal, named after the founder of the modern Olympics, is given to athletes and other people within the sporting industry who epitomize good sportsmanship or particularly noteworthy contributions to the Olympic Games.... READ ON
Big Question
How Much Are Olympians Taxed on Their Medals?
Athletes aren't the only ones who like to take a bite out of their medals.... READ ON
Olympics
World-Class Chefs Are Using Olympic Village Leftovers to Feed the Hungry
The chef behind the world's best restaurant has found a way to give back.... READ ON
Big Question
What Are Those Screens in the Olympic Swimming Pools?
They look like underwater TV screens. They aren't.... READ ON
Olympics
Olympic Skateboarding in 2020 Raises Concerns Over Drug Testing
Tas Pappas shared why he thinks skateboarding and the Olympics won't mix.... READ ON
Sports
The Day Jobs of 15 Olympic Athletes
Even sports stars have to pay the bills.... READ ON
Big Question
Why Do Some Olympic Athletes Wear Paper Numbers?
Here's a hint: it involves many millions of dollars.... READ ON
Olympics
Why They Stopped Using Real Pistols to Start Olympic Races
Before flying out of the starting blocks—and ultimately taking Olympic gold in the 100-meter race for the third time—Jamaica's Usain Bolt was met not with the fire of a pistol, but a noise triggered by an electronic gun.... 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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