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2012 Olympics most-watched event in TV history, Nielsen saysupdated: Mon Aug 13 2012 21:55:00

Call it #NBCfail if you want to, but the combined networks of NBC Universal managed to turn the London 2012 Olympics into the most-watched event in television history, according to the number-crunchers at the Nielsen Company.

Sorry NBC, that's not Mark Zuckerbergupdated: Mon Aug 13 2012 11:30:00

An NBC sports announcer was playing the classic game of spot-celebrities-in-the-stands during the gold metal Olympics match in men's basketball when this happened:

Got $5,000? You could dunk the Olympic basketballupdated: Mon Aug 13 2012 10:37:00

Where can you buy a large punk rock head complete with pink Mohawk haircut, Mary Poppins' coat and umbrella, and a pair of competition boxing gloves used by elite athletes?

Re-live the London Olympicsupdated: Mon Aug 13 2012 10:31:00

CNN's Neil Curry reads out his Olympic Poem to the best images of the 2012 Games.

Queen Elizabeth opens London Gamesupdated: Mon Aug 13 2012 10:01:00

British historical and cultural references dominate the Olympics' opening ceremony. CNN's Alex Thomas reports.

Games close with fireworks displayupdated: Mon Aug 13 2012 09:53:00

The 2012 Summer Games end with a bang in the skies over London.

Eddie Izzard: 'Mo Farah is proof of great multicultural Britain'updated: Mon Aug 13 2012 09:53:00

There were so many golden moments at the London 2012 Games, but for me, the moment that Team GB's Mo Farah won the 10,000 meters was a wonderful collision of electricity.

Saudi Olympic runner: 'Live your dreams'updated: Mon Aug 13 2012 06:39:00

Sarah Attar, the first Saudi woman to compete in an Olympic track and field event says she hopes to inspire others.

Olympics Day 16: Team USA holds on to basketball titleupdated: Sun Aug 12 2012 14:22:00

Led by Kevin Durant's 30 points, the United States men's basketball team fought off a stiff challenge from Spain to win the gold medal 107-100 on Sunday as the London Olympics neared its close.

Why has China done so well in London?updated: Sun Aug 12 2012 06:17:00

CNN's Jaime Florcruz reports on China's successful London Games medal count.

Sex, Games and Olympic Village lifeupdated: Sun Aug 12 2012 06:17:00

The face of the Olympics is well known the world over: athletes winning, losing, straining every sinew of their bodies in the pursuit of podium glory. But behind the scenes there is another story of the athletes' lives and the use of their bodies, one that centers on their time staying at the Olympic Village.

London 2012 legacy: Trust the British to get it rightupdated: Sun Aug 12 2012 03:38:00

Trust the British to get it right -- in the end. When it comes to taking stock on London 2012, I believe the London Games will be regarded as having brought the Olympics concept home.

The Olympic park legacyupdated: Sun Aug 12 2012 03:38:00

CNN's Jim Boulden interviews Daniel Moylan, Chairman of London Legacy Development Corporation.

Five things to watch at the Olympics on Sundayupdated: Sun Aug 12 2012 00:30:00

The 2012 London Olympics end Sunday with a music-filled closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, but there are still plenty of medals to be won. Fifteen events in 10 sports will take place across the capital on what is the last day of the competition.

Kinesio tape: The latest Olympic accessoryupdated: Sat Aug 11 2012 13:42:00

Beach volleyball players, particularly Olympians, are known all around the world for their incredible skill with the ball. They've also been known for wearing those skimpy uniforms.

London 2012: The women's Olympics?updated: Fri Aug 10 2012 14:05:00

It may not have been the most dramatic of moments, but it was certainly an important one: Two women, modestly dressed and veiled, walked proudly alongside the flag of their nation Saudi Arabia into London's Olympic stadium at the Games' spectacular opening ceremony.

Five things to watch at the Olympics on Saturdayupdated: Thu Aug 09 2012 11:50:00

Track and field competition revs up on Saturday, but not before swimmers -- among them, the most decorated Olympian of all time -- make one final splash in the pool. Here are five things to look for Saturday at the 2012 London Games:

Australia getting 'soft' says swim coachupdated: Thu Aug 09 2012 02:08:00

An Australian swim coach has tough love for his compatriots in the Olympics this year: "We're getting too soft. Our work ethic has dropped down."

Five things to watch at the Olympics on Thursdayupdated: Thu Aug 09 2012 00:11:00

Usain Bolt bids to become the first man to win the Olympic sprint double twice while World Cup champ Japan seeks to win a second major football title.

Great Britain feeling good about Olympicsupdated: Wed Aug 08 2012 06:46:00

Smiles on Olympic volunteers, trains running on time and all the Gold medals. Its so un-British Jim Boulden reports.

Five things to watch at the Olympics on Wednesdayupdated: Wed Aug 08 2012 00:10:00

A German tries again for a piece of gold medal history, and the sprint queens will find glory just around the corner.

Google doodle lets you run the hurdlesupdated: Tue Aug 07 2012 11:52:00

If you're like most people, me included, you may have trouble running an Olympics hurdle race without pulling a muscle.

Judoka Delpopolo expelled from Olympics for positive marijuana testupdated: Tue Aug 07 2012 06:37:00

American judoka Nicholas Delpopolo has been thrown out of the Olympics after a failed drug test he blamed on inadvertently eating food that had been baked with marijuana.

Five things to watch at the Olympics on Tuesdayupdated: Tue Aug 07 2012 00:21:00

It's a big day at track and field, topped by the always exciting men's 1,500-meter final. In other notable events, several athletes say farewell to the London Games while others look for one more shot at glory.

Five things to watch at the Olympics on Mondayupdated: Mon Aug 06 2012 02:54:00

There's a lot to look forward to in the last week of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, including individual event finals for men's and women's gymnastics. Can all-around women's champ Gabby Douglas add to her gold tally in Monday's uneven bars? Who will reign supreme in the men's 400 meters, for which South Africa's Oscar Pistorius - the Olympics' first double amputee runner - failed to qualify.

Five things to watch at the Olympics on Sundayupdated: Sun Aug 05 2012 09:35:00

A tennis rivalry is revisited and the world's fastest men compete for gold. Here are five things to look for Sunday at the 2012 London Games:

Olympic athletes ready for 'Super Saturday' medal bonanzaupdated: Sat Aug 04 2012 06:26:00

Olympic athletes and spectators are set for the biggest day of action yet at the London 2012 Games, with 25 gold medals up for grabs in 11 different sports on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday."

The Olympics miss: Why street art should be embraced not snubbed updated: Fri Aug 03 2012 14:32:00

Hackney Wick is nestled next to the Olympic site, separated only by a waterway known as the Lee Navigation. It is a half industrial, half artistic enclave, little known to Londoners, but which has, in recent years, become rich in street art from a cast of artists who have been integral to regenerating east London and informing its cultural identity.

Sanya Richards-Ross aims for redemptionupdated: Fri Aug 03 2012 09:07:00

Track star Sanya Richards-Ross talks about her Olympic hopes and getting over her past defeats.

Americans miss out on the best of the Gamesupdated: Fri Aug 03 2012 09:07:00

If you've been mesmerized by the drama, like millions of other viewers watching coverage of the Olympic Games, you have heard the most heroic, inspirational stories of athletes reaching the pinnacle of international competition. Or, at least you think you have.

Chinese badminton player disqualified from Olympics says she is quittingupdated: Thu Aug 02 2012 10:13:00

One of the Chinese badminton players disqualified from the Olympics for trying to lose a match has said she is quitting the sport, accusing the badminton governing body of ruining her dreams.

Olympic games: The jigsaw of London 2012updated: Thu Aug 02 2012 07:00:00

In keeping with the Olympic spirit of overcoming challenge with determination why not take on the test of the CNN jigsaw? We have selected 10 images - see how many you can solve by piecing together memorable images from London 2012.

Olympic badminton players disqualified for trying to loseupdated: Wed Aug 01 2012 23:25:00

Eight female badminton players were disqualified from the Olympics on Wednesday for trying to lose matches the day before, the Badminton World Federation announced after a disciplinary hearing.

Ye Shiwen: 'I will never use drugs'updated: Wed Aug 01 2012 15:08:00

CNN's Erin Burnett talks to a Sports Illustrated reporter about the controversy surrounding Chinese Olympian Ye Shiwen.

Soccer player expelled for racist tweetupdated: Wed Aug 01 2012 13:30:00

A Swiss soccer player was expelled from the London Games for sending a racist message on Twitter about South Koreans.

12 great Olympics-related Twitter accountsupdated: Wed Aug 01 2012 13:30:00

The breakout star of this summer's Olympic games so far has been ... Twitter.

IOC spokesman: Ye allegations 'sad'updated: Tue Jul 31 2012 20:21:00

IOC spokesman Mark Adams tells CNN that doping allegations made against Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen are "pure rumors."

Ye Shiwen's 'unbelievable' swims are talk of Olympicsupdated: Tue Jul 31 2012 20:21:00

How on earth could a teenage swimmer at her first Olympic Games knock five full seconds off her previous best performance? That's what has left so many people scratching their heads after watching China's Ye Shiwen smash the world record in the women's 400-meter individual medley.

How to follow the London Olympics onlineupdated: Tue Jul 31 2012 19:49:00

It would take you almost five solid months -- without sleeping or bathroom breaks -- to watch every sporting event at this year's Summer Olympics. More than 3,500 hours of competition from London will be crammed into just 17 days.

Rain doesn't dampen Games spiritupdated: Tue Jul 31 2012 19:49:00

CNN's Atika Shubert gets some advice from locals on how to deal with London's notoriously fickle weather.

How to avoid Olympics spoilersupdated: Tue Jul 31 2012 19:42:00

I am covering the Olympics for Slate this year, and, as such, it's my job to know what happens at the Games as soon as it happens. No waiting for the tape-delay broadcast for me; I wake at 4 a.m. to watch archery and stay in front of the screen until the sun sets on the British Isles. What this means is that I have personally spoiled at least seven people's enjoyment of the Olympics by blabbing prematurely about who won what event. "Did you see that Michael Phelps came in fourth?" I ask. "No, you jerk, and thanks for ruining it for me. I was going to watch that tonight," they respond.

Fans asked to tweet from Olympics only if 'urgent'updated: Mon Jul 30 2012 11:53:00

This is supposed to be the Twitter Olympics, but tweet- and text-clogged networks appear to have caused problems for broadcasters at the London Games.

Headscarf may bar Saudi woman from Olympics judo competitionupdated: Mon Jul 30 2012 09:38:00

One of the two women on Saudi Arabia's Olympic team may be pulled from the competition because of the kingdom's insistence that she wear a headscarf in her judo matches.

Historic first: Saudi women in Olympicsupdated: Mon Jul 30 2012 09:38:00

It's an Olympic first as Saudi Arabia names two women to the London 2012 team. Max Foster has more.

Mystery marcher crashed opening ceremonyupdated: Sun Jul 29 2012 11:28:00

CNN's Alex Thomas reports, Olympic fans are closer to finding out who crashed the opening parade.

Olympics ceremony crasher identified, organizers sayupdated: Sun Jul 29 2012 11:28:00

Olympics organizers have identified a mystery woman who gatecrashed the Opening Ceremony and marched with India's contingent in the Parade of Nations, they say.

Fireworks lit up sky at Olympics openingupdated: Fri Jul 27 2012 23:40:00

An impressive fireworks show ended the four hour opening ceremony in London.

Blind archer posts first world record of London Olympicsupdated: Fri Jul 27 2012 14:47:00

The first world records of the London 2012 Olympics have been set by a blind South Korean archer -- hours before Friday's much-anticipated opening ceremony was due to begin.

South Korea's archery ambitionsupdated: Fri Jul 27 2012 14:47:00

CNN's Aiming for Gold finds out what makes South Koreans so passionate about archery.

How competing networks will counterprogram NBC's Olympicsupdated: Fri Jul 27 2012 12:13:00

Unlike NBC, other TV networks aren't hoping to attract more than 200 million viewers as the London Olympics unfolds throughout the next 16 days.

The economics of Olympic sponsorshipupdated: Thu Jul 26 2012 22:26:00

CNN's Juliet Mann asks whether it makes business sense for companies to pay around $100 million to be part of the games.

Chasing the gold dust of 'Brand Olympics'updated: Thu Jul 26 2012 22:26:00

The streets of London are paved with Olympic gold.

Dow protest planned for Olympics opening dayupdated: Thu Jul 26 2012 17:57:00

The day of the Olympic opening ceremony, demonstrators are set to gather outside the stadium in protest against major sponsor Dow Chemicals.

Rogge reflects on his final Gamesupdated: Thu Jul 26 2012 17:57:00

As he prepares for his Olympic farewell, IOC President Jacques Rogge reflects on what the games have meant to him.

Is Heathrow ready for the Olympics boom?updated: Wed Jul 25 2012 07:46:00

Becky Anderson visits Heathrow's multi-million dollar Games Terminal that will host 80% of travel during the Olympics

Big-name brands dig deep for Olympicsupdated: Wed Jul 25 2012 07:15:00

Coke, Heineken and McDonald's are among the big name sponsors with elaborate - and expensive - plans for the Olympics.

Why Olympics aren't good for us, but could beupdated: Wed Jul 25 2012 07:15:00

The organizers of the 2012 London Olympics have repeatedly asserted the value of the Games in the shape of wider involvement in sport, a lasting legacy of sporting facilities, and increased tourism. But experience from previous Games suggest differently.

The London Olympics: 4 billion people; 4 billion reasons to watch updated: Wed Jul 25 2012 04:52:00

Olympic officials will tell you that four billion people around the world will watch some part or another of the London Olympics during its 17-day span.

New Zealand kayaker to be judged by mom at Olympicsupdated: Wed Jul 25 2012 04:08:00

For the Dawsons of Tauranga, New Zealand, the canoe slalom event at the London Olympics will be a family affair.

David Beckham supports Olympicsupdated: Tue Jul 24 2012 18:01:00

Former England captain David Beckham is full of excitement ahead of the London Olympics. CNN's Amanda Davies reports.

UK officials downplay security issuesupdated: Tue Jul 24 2012 09:38:00

More allegations about olympic security failings are dogging the games in London - with less than two weeks to go.

UK deploying 1,200 extra Olympics troopsupdated: Tue Jul 24 2012 09:38:00

The British government will deploy an extra 1,200 troops for Olympics security, Sports Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced Tuesday.

The 10 strangest, weirdest Olympic sports updated: Tue Jul 24 2012 04:54:00

Basketball, track and swimming have been staples at the Olympics for decades, drawing thousands of spectators. But solo synchronized swimming or live pigeon shooting?

Runner with no country going to Olympicsupdated: Mon Jul 23 2012 05:19:00

S. Sudanese marathoner, Guor Marila, a man without a country, gets the go ahead to participate in the Olympics.

'An iconic test of strength and skill'updated: Sun Jul 22 2012 10:35:00

Team CNN takes on the discus throw ahead of the Olympics.

What changed the Olympics foreverupdated: Sun Jul 22 2012 10:35:00

For all the cheers, roars and ovations in all the Olympic stadiums and arenas over all the years, perhaps the most significant Olympic sound heard in the last quarter-century was a yawn.

Strike called for UK border staff on eve of Olympicsupdated: Thu Jul 19 2012 12:43:00

Border staff are among government workers who are set to strike on the eve of the Olympics, union leaders announced Thursday, risking longer lines at Heathrow airport's passport control for visitors arriving for the Games.

London police not planning more Olympics officers, chief saysupdated: Thu Jul 19 2012 12:30:00

An additional 1,200 British troops are being placed on standby for the Olympic Games, authorities said Thursday, amid a security fiasco caused by a contractor's failure to supply enough guards for the Games.

Critic: McDonald's unfit for Olympicsupdated: Thu Jul 19 2012 07:59:00

McDonald's says it is offering healthy options at the Olympics, but a London lawmaker says fast food is an unfit sponsor.

London Olympics organizer defends security contractorupdated: Fri Jul 13 2012 12:13:00

The chairman of the London 2012 organizing group Friday rejected concerns over security staffing ahead of the Olympic Games, which start in two weeks.

What to expect from security at Olympicsupdated: Fri Jul 13 2012 12:13:00

CNN's Becky Anderson shows us how to get through security at the London 2012 Olympics.

London police make 7th arrest in counter-terror operationupdated: Sat Jul 07 2012 15:25:00

British authorities arrested a 22-year-old woman Saturday on suspicion of terror offenses amid heightened security before the London Olympics.

Police: 7 men arrested in UK anti-terror operationupdated: Fri Jul 06 2012 11:37:00

Seven men have been arrested in the United Kingdom on suspicion of terror offenses, West Midlands police said Friday.

Is Olympic-level security already under way in Britain?updated: Thu Jul 05 2012 22:21:00

Armed police shut down a busy motorway in central England Thursday amid a security alert centred on a bus, a stark reminder of the heightened watch being maintained by authorities just three weeks before the London Olympic Games.

Why did UK police stop a passenger bus?updated: Thu Jul 05 2012 22:21:00

CNN's Nic Robertson has the latest on a passenger bus stopped by authorities in Britain.

China's capital still getting kick from 2008 Olympic partyupdated: Mon Jul 02 2012 02:05:00

Four years after hosting the 2008 Summer Games, Beijing's Olympic legacy appears to be a lasting one.

London 2012 sees no white elephantsupdated: Mon Jul 02 2012 02:05:00

Some brand-new London Olympics venues will be shrunk or torn down after the Games. Phil Han reports.

London Olympics torch carriers try to cash in on roleupdated: Tue May 22 2012 10:15:00

It's not just the athletes going for gold in the 2012 London Olympics -- it appears that some of the torch bearers may be trying to cash in on the role of carrying the flame.

Palestinians train for Olympicsupdated: Tue May 22 2012 06:31:00

Against long odds, Palestinian athletes train for their first Olympic competition. CNN's Matthew Chance reports.

Bouncing to the top at London 2012updated: Thu May 17 2012 20:34:00

Team CNN's Amanda Davies reports on the highs and lows of Olympic trampolining with Laura Gallagher.

Third time lucky to score Olympic tickets?updated: Wed May 09 2012 07:58:00

British sports fans who struck out twice trying to land Olympic tickets will get a third chance starting Friday.

London prepares for the Olympicsupdated: Mon May 07 2012 09:28:00

Londoners check out the Olympic centerpiece -- the new main stadium. CNN's Erin McLaughlin reports.

Qatar's first female Olympiansupdated: Mon May 07 2012 06:18:00

CNN's Don Lemon and Azadeh Ansari go beyond the headlines into female athlete participation in the 2012 London Olympics.

Qatar's first female Olympians on target to make historyupdated: Mon May 07 2012 06:18:00

Bahiya Al-Hamad is a 19-year-old college student and air-rifle shooter who is about to make history for her country.

Human to Hero: Jennifer Pinchesupdated: Tue May 01 2012 07:57:00

Olympic gymnastics hopeful Jennifer Pinches talks to CNN about her inspiration and preparation.

Human to Hero: British gymnastics' rising star follows her idolupdated: Tue May 01 2012 07:57:00

Not every athlete gets to train with their heroes, but Jennifer Pinches is lucky enough to be friends with one of hers.

UK considers Olympic missile securityupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 18:40:00

British defense officials consider surface-to-air missiles as part of security during the London Olympics.

Londoners shocked by Olympics missile possibility updated: Mon Apr 30 2012 18:40:00

The British Ministry of Defence might place surface-to-air missiles on a water tower in a densely populated London neighborhood as part of security for the Olympic Games this summer, a ministry official said Sunday.

Missiles at London Olympics?updated: Mon Apr 30 2012 14:11:00

British defense officials say they may deploy missiles from residential rooftops at the Olympics. Atika Shubert reports.

Cooking for an Olympic champ: A recipe for success updated: Mon Apr 30 2012 09:50:00

London 2012 organizers could argue that one of the many attractions of holding the Olympics in the British capital is the number of great restaurants on offer for visitors harboring a hunger for tasty morsels.

Getting in gear for the London Gamesupdated: Thu Apr 19 2012 14:47:00

CNN's Jim Boulden talks with Stephen Daldry, who's in charge of the opening and closing ceremonies at the London Games.

100 days to go: Is London ready for the 2012 Olympics?updated: Wed Apr 18 2012 21:41:00

Seven years after upsetting favorite Paris to win the right to host the 2012 Olympics, London is in the final straight of a long and often bumpy run-up to stage the sporting showpiece.

100 days to the London Olympicsupdated: Wed Apr 18 2012 21:41:00

CNN's Matthew Chance looks at the long term economic impact of the London Olympics for the United Kingdom.

Catching Olympic drug cheatsupdated: Thu Apr 12 2012 07:20:00

CNN's Ben Wyatt visits the GlaxoSmithKline laboratory to learn more about dope screening ahead of the Olympic Games.

Human to Hero: The world's fastest woman?updated: Wed Apr 11 2012 09:05:00

Veronica Campbell-Brown knows a thing or two about upsetting the odds.

Human to Hero: Sprinter Yohan Blakeupdated: Wed Mar 21 2012 08:36:00

Yohan Blake is the 100-meter World Champion, but can he catch Usain Bolt at the 2012 Olympics?

2012 London Olympics: Join our live webcast on CNN updated: Wed Mar 14 2012 09:13:00

We're just four months away from the London Olympics and the city is nearly ready to greet thousands of athletes and millions of visitors.

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