The first modern games were staged in 1850 by a surgeon named William Penny Brookes in a town called Much Wenlock.
Contributing editors Elon Green and Gretchen Gavett, both of whom are more than a little excited for the Summer Games in London, have pulled together 10 great stories about the Olympics, spanning history, scandal and science … and what it’s like to drink with gymnastics coach Béla Károlyi. Should be more than enough to tide you over before the Games get started.
An American gold medalist in the hurdles describes his experience at the 1896 Olympics in Athens.
On the scene of the darkest games in Olympic history.
Three years after her gold-medal performance—and amidst rumors of a fall from grace—the author travels to Transylvania to track down gymnast Nadia Comaneci. He also enjoys several drinks with her coach, Béla Károlyi.
On the eve of the 1992 Summer Olympics, the Dream Team held a closed-door scrimmage in Monaco. Michael Jordan led one team, Magic Johnson the other. Two decades later, a game report.
How the media and law enforcement fingered the wrong man for the 1996 Olympic Park bombing.
More than 15 years after he was stripped of a gold medal, sprinter Ben Johnson attempts a comeback.
Sex in the Olympic Village.
How science is “helping athletes approach perfection.”
Quanitta Underwood, who was sexually abused by her father as a child, is now a contender for the gold medal in boxing.
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