2012 Summer Games Stories
Posthumous apology sought for Olympian Peter Norman
Federal Parliament will debate Labor MP Andrew Leigh's motion to apologise to Peter Norman, who was banned from the 1972 Olympics after his role in a Black Power protest at the Mexico City games.
Athletes Use Olympics, Web Followers To Up Deals
Renee Montagne talks to Emily Steel of the Financial Times about Olympic athletes turning gold — into gold. When securing big-money endorsements, it's not just the medals that count, it's the followers and friends, too.
The Olympics, Revisited
Having visited London during the recently concluded Olympics, Bill Littlefield is still trying to adjust to Eastern Time...and trying to process what he witnessed while we was away.
What Life Holds For Athletes After The Olympics
Many athletes aspire to compete in the Olympic Games. Few ever achieve it. For those who do, what happens when the games are over? Former Olympic swimmer Nancy Hogshead-Makar, who won three gold medals in the 1984 Olympics, talks about her life after...
Kite surfing replaces windsurfing at Rio Olympics
Every Olympics has some new sports, and in four years time, kite surfing will feature -- at the expense of windsurfing, which the International Sailing Federation voted to dump earlier this year. Kite surfers are flying high, but windsurfers vow to...
Rio's plans for the Olympics
The Olympic flag has officially landed in Rio de Janeiro, which is hosting South America's first Games in 2014. As is the case with any Olympic city, there are doubts over Rio's preparations - not to mention allegations of human rights abuse over...
Can East London Keep The Olympic Spirit Burning?
The Olympics are over, but guest host Jacki Lyden takes a look at the lasting impact of the Games on young people living in the neighborhoods around Olympic Park. She speaks with East London residents Amber Charles and Rumi Begum. Both young adults...
The History of Politics in the Olympic Games
The ancient Greeks came up with the idea for the Olympics more than 2,700 years ago, but since then there have been some notable changes. Like uniforms. The Greeks once played their games naked — no foreign-made uniforms for them. This helped them...
The 205 National Anthems of The Olympics
There is something slightly different about London's Olympic medal ceremonies: the music.This year, the London Philharmonic recorded all 205 of the world's national anthems. Composer Philip Sheppard and sound engineer Jake Jackson were in charge of...
Olympics Recap, Paralympics, and Rio 2016
The closing ceremony for the Olympics was last night, but the Paralympics are still to come. They begin in London on August 29and continue until September 9. All the while, Rio De Janeiro is preparing to host the Olympics in 2016. Dan Damonis the host...
Sport with Francis Leach
Wrapping up the highlights of the London Olympics with Francis Leach
London Olympics closing ceremony
After 16 days, the London Olympic Games have closed.
Eyes turn to Rio for the 2016 Games
In 2016, the Olympics will be held in South America for the first time. The next host country Brazil has been selling itself in London during the games to ramp up the excitement but there are already questions over the city's transport and whether...
Lord Coe closes the London Olympics
The chairman of the London Organising Committee, Lord Sebastian Coe, closes the London Olympics.
The verdict on London's games
With the closing ceremony underway, London is being praised for delivering a safe, successful and efficient Olympics.
Saying Goodbye To The 2012 Olympic Games
Weekend Edition Sunday guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with NPR's Mike Pesca to get both the big and the not-so-big stories from the Olympics in its final weekend.
London's Zoo Gets Animals Into Olympic Spirit
The London zoo is presenting its own Olympic-style games. Adoring crowds cheered on the penguins in diving, otters in swimming and Zebras in long distance running. Instead of medals, they are competing for tasty morsels.
'Swim Your Own Race' Wins NPR's Poetry Games
Poet Mbali Vilakazi was inspired by a fellow South African, swimmer Natalie du Toit, who lost one of her legs at age 17 and is the first first woman amputee to qualify for the Olympic Games. "It's not about what happens to you, it's about how quickly...
U.S. Women's Soccer Captures 3rd Gold Medal
The U.S. women's soccer team beat Japan 2-1 in the London Olympics Thursday. The team now has its third consecutive Olympic gold medal. Last year, the U.S. lost to Japan in the World Cup.
Caster competes, but debate continues
South Africa's 21-year-old middle-distance runner, Caster Semenya, competed at Olympic Park in London overnight, in her first world-class outing since being forced to undergo a gender test three years ago.
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