This Week’s Missing Links, August 4


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The best videos, photos, and stories I didn't post this week—until now.


Is Michael Phelps the greatest Olympian ever? ESPN

For Pistorius, nothing left to do but win, The New York Times

How an Olympian’s career ends, Deadspin

Victor Conte walks into the Olympics, The New York Daily News

What will the Olympics look like in 2020? Popular Science

How many Olympic runners dope, The New Yorker

The strangest Olympic moments, Runner’s World

On ‘The Beast’ and Bolt, The New York Times

Overcoming a heart condition to win gold, The New York TImes Well

The physics of the high jump, Scientific American

The president is on the line, The New York Times

Paula Radcliffe on Olympic heartbreak, Athletics Weekly

First the Tour de France, then Olympic gold, AP

Which records get shattered, The New York Times

A biased opinion, but a great interview. @ShalaneFlanagan's mom on her daughter's chances, @exerscience

A series of gaffes in London, Yahoo

Chinese swimmer’s record raises doping concerns, The New York Times

Athletes protest sponsorship rule on Twitter, The New York Times

What Facebook reveals about Olympic fans, Mashable

The most competitive track event, @RunnersWorld


Lost, unconnected, and loving it, The Sacramento Bee

Chamonix bans wingsuit flying, The Guardian and via Adventure Journal

Lama and Ortner summit Trango Tower, UKC climbing

More on climbers missing in the Peruvian Andes, Alpinist

Sunken German submarine found off Nantucket, The Boston Globe

Last chance to enter your adventure film at Banff, Big Lines

How to photograph a polar bear, Co.Create

More summits on K2, Explorer’s Web

Former USPS doctor’s lawyer says he was banned for not giving evidence against Armstrong, Cycling News

Inside the sale of Hueco Rock Ranch, Prana


Don't wear yum-yum yellow, The London Review of Books

Should there be a tramway in the Grand Canyon, The New York Times

A 50-mile avalanche on Saturn’s moon, National Geographic News

The deep dive of a cormorant, Wildlife Conservation Society

World’s northernmost coral reef discovered, Discovery

Be careful where you toss your G-string, Treehugger

Bowhead whales may be increasing off Greenland, which means more songs like…, Yale E360


Another tick-borne disease to guard against, The New York Times Well

The asthmatic advantage, Sweat Science

How altitude training works, Runner’s World

Can hot drinks cool you off in hot weather? Sweat Science


The artistic de-evolution of patent drawings, Wired

A crazy new cycling helmet straight out of Star Wars, Bike Radar

Salewa recalls Civetta II Full-Body Harness, Vertigo 400 Alpindonna Climbing Harness, Planet Mountain


The worst-smelling towns in America, Gadling

The top 10 small town road trip destinations, Mike’s Road Trip


How much do you love your team? ESPN

—Joe Spring