And a little more of that one…
How new therapies could prove a headache for the world of sport.
A close shave…
In foil, epee and sabre, Olympic fencers must have exceedingly rapid reactions. This academic (and fencer) is researching the sport.
Barrier to safety?
The Olympic equestrian favourite is a dangerous business.
News about the sewage and pollution in Guanabara Bay in Rio have caused health concerns among Olympic athletes.
Wastewater treatment systems around the world are hamstrung by outdated tests that don't identify a growing array of pathogens or identify the sources of pollutants.
Against the odds, Rio scores soft-power points with memorable show at Maracanã stadium.
Team GB winning gold at the 2012 London Olympics.
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Your team mates might be the most effective performance-enhancers.
Legendary Australian swimming coach and the country’s oldest Olympian, Forbes Carlile (centre).
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The Australian swim team hoping for medal success in Rio have a lot to thank one of the earlier pioneers of sport science: Forbes Carlile.
Unless they start giving Olympic gongs for curmudgeonly whinging, I don’t think I’m in the running “to medal”, as we apparently say these days. I realise I should be feeling a surge of patriotic pride…
The bodies of Olympic athletes are becoming more specialised, more differentiated – and much more extreme.
Over time, the body sizes and shapes of Olympians have been moving apart from each other at light-speed, and have become increasingly specialised and differentiated.
A protester holds up a sticker reading ‘boycott’ during anti-Olympic protests in Brazil.
Protests against the Rio Olympics must be understood in the context of the growing global reaction to both the way these mega-events are organised and the entities promoting them.
Will Rio pull victory out from a shaky run-up to the games?
Will Brazil's troubles in preparing for the Rio Games change the global narrative of the value of hosting the Olympics?
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?