Make that brand sparkle again.
The doping scandal has dragged the Olympic brand through the mud – and making it shine again will be no easy task.
The perfect stride of Mo Farah.
Elite athletes run differently to us mere mortals, but there's nothing to stop you stealing a few of their techniques.
Add a hashtag, join the Olympics conversation.
The mainstream media has knocked Brazil for the Zika virus, doping scandals and safety concerns. But citizen social media users, by revealing an alternate narrative, could even the score for Rio.
It’s possible to predict medal tallies with surprising accuracy.
Medal counts for individual countries from the Sydney 2000 to London 2012 Olympics have been predicted relatively accurately, using just a small number of demographic and economic characteristics.
Five rings to rule them all.
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The IOC is incredibly protective of the Olympic brand. The rings, Rio 2016, and even the flame are all heavily guarded.
Aedes aegypti: bringing you Zika, dengue and Chikungunya.
Zika had already reached 46,000 probable cases by the end of May 2016 and is transmitted by the same mosquito species as dengue and Chikungunya.
Dig into the details of the ancient Olympics and you find a lot of misinformation, but also a surprising amount in common with the modern games.
Partially demolished houses in the Vila Autodromo favela, with the Olympic Park in the background.
An architect rides through the streets of Rio amidst a cacophony of drills and jackhammers. He wonders: Is it worth it? What will the legacy of all this construction be?
There’s little justification for a blanket ban; all Russian Olympic athletes did not collectively commit a wrong.
The IOC will allow Russian athletes to compete in Rio 2016 if they've been cleared by their respective international sporting federation of doping. Should other countries pull out of the games?
Athletes face as many as 640 organisational demands at a big competition – and they can all take their toll.
A bronze statue, ‘The Boxer of Quirinal.’ Sometimes ancient Greek boxers would bribe their opponents.
When fame and glory are at stake, human nature seems to dictate that some people will cheat.
The party’s begun.
The Olympics may give Brazilians a respite from their perfect storm of recession, corruption and political dysfunction, but it won't last long.
New York, Berlin and Paris have all suffered some ill effects from online rental platforms – without proper regulations, Rio could follow.
Rugby sevens: on the Olympic programme in Rio.
It's down to money, popularity and a lot of lobbying.
Do PEDs make athletes less human?
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As technology becomes fully integrated into our everyday lives, we may see athletes as the last vestiges of our humanity.
Heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson.
We've all heard that practice makes perfect, but that isn't always true. Genetics, cognitive abilities and other traits influence athletic ability.
National Olympic committees may not be good at explaining what the benefits of the Games are – but the Greeks were.
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In a time when war and sports are the primary means of competition, Olympic gold has never been so valuable – or expensive.
The silence at the end of Rio 2016 will only last until we switch on our televisions for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The Olympic Games are a theatre — sometimes farce, sometimes tragedy, reality TV, morality play or soap opera — where geopolitical, social and technological dramas are played out.
Results from the games can tell us a lot about how different nations approach elite women and disabled athletes.
The scandal of systematic doping orchestrated by Russian government agencies and the Russian anti-doping body (RUSADA), involving the disposal of thousands of biological samples or their replacement with…