Sadly, not known as "Water Derby"
Outside’s guide to the heroes, hype, and gear at this summer’s Games
Sadly, not known as "Water Derby"
The badminton of gymnastics
The Russians won't win every medal, but they should
The name pretty much says it all
There is a man named "Teddy Bear," and he could kill you
The U.S. isn't competing, and the Soviet Union has the most all-time medals, so why watch?
It's hockey on a field—except, different
Men, women, spouses, ex-lovers, and a 71-year-old: all competing against each other
China, China, and China
There's more here than meets the, um, bullseye
London is being called the Twitter Olympics—there were more Olympics-related tweets on one day in May than there were during the entire Beijing Games. Here are the accounts, sites, and apps to follow.
Would you take a 160-degree sauna after a brutal training ride? Attach electrodes to monitor your brain waves? Run while being scrutinized by a high-speed camera? These three athletes are trying it out, all in the name of edging out the competition.
These three radical pieces of gear will be making their premiere this summer in London
The U.S. Olympic Training Center serves 1,200 meals to 350 athletes each day. The most popular dish? A nutrient-dense Thai chicken soup. And we've got the recipe.
Photographers Jon Pack and Gary Hustwit are traveling around the world to document former Olympic cities, from Montreal to Sarajevo.
These three veteran Olympians (and three newcomers) have made their marks with medals, world championships, and media appearances. We predict what this summer's Games hold for them.
The method behind the most intensive drug-testing program in history
There is no official age limit to compete for the U.S. Olympic Team. If you’re among the country’s top athletes and make it through your sport’s qualification process, you could become an Olympian at age 100. Things get tricky, though, depending on your sport.
Tracking Olympic cash flow in the run-up to London
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The U.S. will send three legitimate medal contenders to London to compete in the women’s marathon, an event traditionally dominated by East African and Russian runners. And while Davila and Goucher have faster personal records, it’s Flanagan who represents America’s best chance at a gold.
Height is a distinct advantage in the high jump: tall guys don’t have to put as much air between their feet and the ground to get their center of mass over the seven-plus-foot bar. Which is why it’s astonishing that Williams, 28, is the reigning world champ. At six feet, he’s at least four inches shorter than most of his competition.
Spoiler alert! You’re not making this year’s Olympic team. But here’s your consolation prize: Priceless advice from reigning world champion decathlete Trey Hardee, who has distilled a decade of training and nutrition wisdom into one totally customizable gold-medal fitness formula that will work for anybody.
Sprinters lead short athletic lives. Their success or failure is measured in highly adrenalized 10-second spans. The smallest misstep can be a professional catastrophe. Which is why it’s astonishing that the best American hope to dethrone Jamaican sensation Usain Bolt in London is 30-year-old Justin Gatlin.
You can’t tell the story of swimmer Ryan Lochte without mentioning Michael Phelps. For years, the 27-year-old Rochester, New York, native played bridesmaid to his close friend, the 14-time Olympic gold medalist. The world record holder dishes on that long relationship, his diamond grills and his plans for London.
In a sport now measured mostly by the ever increasing height of waterfalls run by young men, kayaker Caroline Queen is after a different extreme: speed. The Darnestown, Maryland, native has been one of America’s top Olympic slalom prospects since she was discovered at a local kayaking camp at age 10.
Now that we know South African track sensation Oscar Pistorius will make it to the start line for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, we may never look at disabilities—or competitive sports—the same way again. Is this the reminder we all needed of sport's infinite ability to blow our minds?
Hurdler Lolo Jones was the feel-good story of the Beijing Olympics, until a tiny mistake cost her a medal—and made her tale even more compelling. This year, the Iowa-raised track phenom is back and ready to capture gold. We’ll be watching her every move, hoping that Lolo Jones gets her story right this time.
In her second season post-pregnancy, Kara Goucher qualified for the London Olympics and finished third at the New York Half Marathon. Her time of 2:25:53 at the New York City Marathon was the fastest debut for an American woman ever. In 2009, Justin Nyberg talked to Goucher on her early career successes.
Coming into the Beijing Olympics in 2008, Michael Phelps was a heavy favorite and Outside correspondent Christopher Solomon caught up with his quest to swim the perfect race. He may no longer be the undisputed god of swimming, but Phelps again enters the arena at the London Olympics as a dangerous man.
Ryan Hall has been touted as the savior of American distance running since 2007. But in 2008, after winning the U.S. Olympic trial marathon, Hall managed only 10th place as the second best American at the Beijing Olympics. Now self-coached, Hall will have another shot at Olympic glory and that elusive win.
Andy Roddick's career has been anything but smooth. More than once, he's been written off only to come back to form. And if he's to make a run in London, he'll have to do just that. In 2008, Josh Dean profiled the effusive, exuberant, extemporaneous bundle of emotion, capable of winning or losing on the whim of a moment.
The only American male triathlete to ever be ranked world number one by the International Triathlon Union, Hunter Kemper will race for his fourth shot at a medal in London. He's competed ever since the arcane sport of masochists hit it big with a high-profile Olympic debut at the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, Australia.