NPR Series - London 2012: The Summer Olympics
Armless Archer Matt Stutzman Describes How He...09/07/12
American Paralympian Matt Stutzman won the silver medal in archery this week, a feat he accomplished despite being born without arms. In the men's compound open final, he was narrowly beaten by Finland's Jere Forsberg, who has the use of both arms.
Oscar Pistorius Seeks Redemption In Race To Be The World's...
At the Paralympics, the South African double amputee faces his rivals in the 100-meter sprint.
Doing It To Win: Veterans Raise Bar At Paralympics
Among the athletes at the ongoing 2012 games in London are veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Organizers of the games say the vets raise the caliber of the competition. And injured veterans say Paralympic sports provide inspiration and the...
U.S. Paralympian Makes Fifth Showing At The Games
Melissa Block speaks with U.S. Paralympian and flag bearer at the Paralympics opening ceremony, Scott Danberg. The competition, which opens tonight in London, will be Danberg's fifth Paralympic Games. Over the years he has participated in multiple...
Medalist Claressa Shields Gets A Hero's Welcome
Hundreds gathered in Flint, Mich., Tuesday, to celebrate the return of Olympian Claressa Shields. Just 17, Shields won America's lone gold medal in boxing at the Summer Games. And her triumph was welcome news in Flint, a struggling town that gave her...
Doping Can Catch Up To Olympians Eight Years Later
On Monday, a woman from Belarus was stripped of her gold medal in the shot put because she failed a doping test. A hammer thrower, also from Belarus, was sent home before competing due to suspicions of doping in the 2004 games. Melissa Black talks...
After Olympics, London Sees Exodus Of Thousands
The well-staged London Olympics have drawn to a close and on Monday, thousands of fans made their way to airports for the flight home.
Gaming The Games: The Rules That Got Bent In London
Several times during these Olympics, there've been moments when the Olympic oath seemed all but forgotten — you know, the one at the opening ceremony where athletes pledged to abide by the rules and spirit of fair play.
Americans Take Home Medals In Track, Wrestling
Mike Pesca shares results from Friday's Olympic events with Melissa Block. The events include the men's 4x400m relay, the women's 4x100 relay and wrestling.
Does That Colorful Tape Olympians Wear Even Work?
Kinesio tape has caught the eye of many an Olympic viewer the last two weeks — covering the muscles of volleyball players, javelin throwers, even swimmers. It was invented decades ago by a Japanese chiropractor. Athletes say it eases muscle strain and...
What's It Like To Leave The Olympics Empty-Handed?
Melissa Block talks with U.S. Olympians Kate MacKenzie, a rower, and Derek Brown, a handball player, about what life is like after the Olympics when you aren't a Michael Phelps-caliber superstar.
Women's Olympic Soccer Final: U.S. Beats Japan 2-1, To Win...
The U.S. women's soccer team has won their third consecutive gold medal in the Olympics. They defeated Japan at London's Wembley Stadium, in a game that set a new attendance record of more than 80,000 spectators.
Missing Athletes Join Long List Of Olympic Defectors
Multiple Olympians have gone missing from the Olympic Village in London — including seven members of the Cameroon delegation, three from Sudan and one from Ethiopia. One of the athletes is known to have asked for asylum. But the whereabouts of the...
Olympics Have Temporarily Transformed England
The Olympics are transforming Britain — at least for now. Before the games began The London Times declared they were sure to produce a litany of disasters. But the gloom has been obliterated in just a few days by a tsunami of patriotism and...
Teenager Claressa Shields Wins Historic Gold Medal In...
She's still in high school, but boxer Claressa Shields is also an Olympic gold medalist, as she won her middleweight bout Thursday. She defeated Russia's Nadezda Torlopova by a score of 19-12, overcoming the Russian with both speed and power.
Olympic Bodies: They Just Don't Make Them Like They Used To
We've put together an infographic that explores how athletes' bodies have changed over the last century. Those physiques are shaped by years of training — and by the laws of physics.
Olympic Highlights: Beach Volleyball, Handball
Mike Pesca talks to Audie Cornish about the Olympic news of the day. They discuss the women's 200m race, women's beach volleyball and handball.
Obscure Anthems Get Their Moment At The Olympics
The Olympic Games give us the opportunity to view some sports we might not normally watch, and also hear some nations' national anthems we've never heard before. Musician David Was has been musing on some of those tunes.
One Benefit Of Hosting The Olympics? More Medals
Great Britain has been raking in the medals at this summer's Olympics. Researcher Nigel Balmer of University College London says that's no coincidence. Balmer and his colleagues tracked Olympic medal counts going back to World War II and found that...
U.S. Gymnast Raisman Wins Bronze, Gold On Last Day
Tom Goldman shares the latest Olympics news with Audie Cornish. In gymnastics, American Aly Raisman won two medals on Tuesday. Two British brothers also won the triathlon.
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