Working out is always good for you – until it's not.
These athletes have the strength, speed and spring to jump over 18 metres.
Every few days, there are news reports of some kind of violence encountered by athletes or journalists at the Rio Games. To understand why, we need to understand how prevalent violence is in Brazil.
The psychological states athletes experience – temporary, brief, subjective experiences that happen during exceptional performance – are often collectively described as “the zone”.
A look at the diet of an Olympian – from ancient Greece to Rio 2016.
We're used to categorising people as "male" or "female" – but that's no excuse for lashing out when athletes defy our expectations.
Some women naturally produce high levels of testosterone. Why is this innate condition treated differently from other conditions that potentially enhance athletic performance?
The fastest male and female sprinters attain incredible top running speeds with peaks in excess of 44km per hour and 38km per hour, respectively, in the men's and women's 100m races.
We all know that competing at the Olympics is the end product of years of training, but how much fuel do elite athletes need?
Olympic organizers are known for fiercely protecting their many related trademarks. It helps maintain their value – but to whose advantage?
Expecting the rest of the world to adopt expensive, centralized sewage treatments systems common in the U.S. is not realistic.
Unravelling the common assumption that runners from Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia have a natural advantage.
... and how wind played its part.
Imagine cities competed to eliminate hunger, poverty, unemployment, crime and greenhouse emissions, and to offer housing and transport for all. Don't scoff – urban planning was once an Olympic event.
As the track and field events are about to start in Rio, we look at how some athletic events have changed since the first Olympics in 1896.
The possible culprits are: a sudden algae bloom; a change in pool alkalinity; or a chemical reaction in the water. How do these cause a change in the colour of the water?
Races at the international level are often decided by as little as 0.01 of a second.
Sport remains “one of the last bastions of cultural and institutional homophobia” in Western societies. But there is progress.
Women's football was introduced in the Olympics a staggering 96 years after the men's event – and some sports still struggle with gender inequalities.
They're a global phenomenon – but gangs are so varied that they barely merit the same name.