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Shot-putter loses gold medal after positive drug testsupdated: Mon Aug 13 2012 08:15:00

The International Olympic Committee has stripped a female shot-putter from Belarus of her gold medal after she tested positive for an anabolic agent during the London Olympics.

Father of Saudi athlete says daughter called names for competing in Gamesupdated: Mon Aug 13 2012 06:39:00

The father of a 16-year-old on Saudi Arabia's Olympic team said his daughter has been called names by people in her home country for competing at the London Games.

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.

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.

Olympic officials strip American cyclist of gold medalupdated: Sat Aug 11 2012 06:50:00

The International Olympic Committee has stripped American cyclist Tyler Hamilton of his 2004 gold due to doping and ordered him to return the medal that he won in the Athens Olympics.

Five things to watch at the Olympics on Saturdayupdated: Sat Aug 11 2012 01:17:00

Since starting with plenty of pomp, the 2012 London Olympics has been a forum for a number of stunning performances. Yet that won't be the case for much longer, as athletes have just two days left to realize their Olympic dreams. Here are five things to watch for Saturday, when 31 gold medals will be on the line:

Once an Olympic sport, tug-of-war hopes for reinclusionupdated: Fri Aug 10 2012 04:40:00

Every four years, U.S. audiences are re-introduced to all manner of lesser known sports: fencing, handball, even ones they may have tried themselves, like trampoline.

Kenya to bid for 2024 Olympicsupdated: Thu Aug 09 2012 21:17:00

Kenya will bid to become the first African nation to host the Olympic Games in 2024, Raila Odinga, the country's prime minister, has said.

The logistics of the Olympicsupdated: Thu Aug 09 2012 13:08:00

UPS Chairman and CEO, Scott Davis says the Olympics have given UPS the chance to show the world their capabilities.

Expert: Gender testing 'imperfect' for female athletesupdated: Wed Aug 08 2012 09:04:00

Middle-distance runner Caster Semenya carried the South African flag last month in opening ceremonies for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Olympic spirit going strong in Beijingupdated: Wed Aug 08 2012 03:46:00

CNN's Stan Grant reports on the impact the 2008 Olympic Games had on Beijing.

Michael Phelps plans for the futureupdated: Tue Aug 07 2012 06:37:00

Olympic champion Michael Phelps take on rivals, why he's skeptical of the Yi Shiwen doping rumors and his future plans.

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.

Olympics Day 10: Michael Phelps says he means itupdated: Mon Aug 06 2012 09:49:00

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian in history, said Monday that he really means it when he says he is retiring. Jeff Wagenheim: Olympics afford MMA fans opportunity to scout future starsupdated: Sun Aug 05 2012 02:07:00

There's no UFC event this weekend, and no Strikeforce or Bellator fights, either. So what are mixed martial arts fans supposed to do with ourselves? Well, it's a prime opportunity for us to settle in front of a TV and scout for future stars.

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.

Five things to watch at the Olympics on Fridayupdated: Fri Aug 03 2012 00:23:00

As the swimming meet comes to its final days, the action at track and field begins at the Olympic Stadium. Here's what to look for as that competition starts and in four other notable sports:

China says West being 'petty' over Ye doping allegationsupdated: Wed Aug 01 2012 20:44:00

The controversy over the dual Olympic gold performances by Chinese swimming sensation Ye Shiwen has been decried by China as a case of Western pettiness.

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.

Welcome to the Twitter Olympicsupdated: Wed Aug 01 2012 13:37:00

It all started out quite innocently, with jokes about the Queen's perma-frown and GIF collections of weird, what-the-Dickens moments from the opening ceremony.

Twitter ruining Olympics?updated: Wed Aug 01 2012 13:37:00

Erin Burnett tackles the claim that Twitter is ruining the Olympics for spectators all over the world. Does it add up?

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.

Saudi women going to Games is a shamupdated: Wed Aug 01 2012 08:39:00

For the first time, Saudi Arabia sent two women to the Olympics -- Wojdan Shaherkani and Sarah Attar, who will compete in judo and track and field. But their participation is far from a groundbreaking step for Saudi women.

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.

Is it really #NBCfail?updated: Tue Jul 31 2012 10:48:00

It's not easy being NBC, which is touting record ratings for its first three doses of prime-time Summer Olympics coverage while at the same time getting hammered in some quarters for its time-delayed approach.

Kazakhstan's gold champion claimed by Chinese updated: Tue Jul 31 2012 05:35:00

When 19-year-old weightlifter Zulfiya Chinshanlo won an Olympics gold medal for Kazakhstan on Monday, her feat was met with disappointment by some in China for what could have been their victory.

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.

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.

London cheers Olympic torch in final hours before opening dayupdated: Thu Jul 26 2012 20:40:00

Sunny, warm weather embraced London on Thursday amid last-minute preparations for the Summer Olympic Games, now less than 24 hours away.

Olympic torch passes by William and Kateupdated: Thu Jul 26 2012 20:40:00

The Olympic torch made its way through London past Prince William and Kate and Prince Harry outside of Buckingham Palace.

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.

Athlete: Egyptian Olympians given fake Nike gearupdated: Thu Jul 26 2012 15:22:00

Members of Egypt's Olympic team were given fake Nike gear to wear during training in London, athletes and a distributor said.

Showtime: London gets set to stage Olympic opening ceremonyupdated: Thu Jul 26 2012 14:10:00

Few shows can claim such an audience. As the dramatic spectacle of the Olympics Games opening ceremony in London unfolds Friday night, millions of people around the world will be glued to their television sets.

Olympic gymnast teased over tightsupdated: Thu Jul 26 2012 14:00:00

CNN's Jason Carroll talks to gymnast John Orozco, who is going for gold at the London Olympics.

Open Mic: Israeli terror threatsupdated: Wed Jul 25 2012 12:01:00

Israeli tourists leaving for summer destinations discuss how they feel about their security after the Bulgaria bus blast.

Widow of Munich victim makes plea for Olympic minute of silenceupdated: Wed Jul 25 2012 12:01:00

The widow of an Israeli Olympian killed in a terrorist attack on the 1972 Munich Games made an urgent plea Wednesday for a minute of silence at the opening ceremony to remember her husband and 10 other Israelis murdered 40 years ago.

Greek athlete tossed from Olympic team for offensive remarksupdated: Wed Jul 25 2012 11:47:00

Greek athlete Voula Papachristou has been expelled from that nation's Olympic team for posting an offensive comment about African immigrants on Twitter, a team spokeswoman said Wednesday.

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.

Olympics head rejects silence for Israeli victimsupdated: Mon Jul 23 2012 08:55:00

The head of the International Olympics Committee again rejected calls for a moment of silence during the Games' opening ceremony to honor Israeli Olympians killed in a terror attack at the 1972 Games.

South Sudan marathoner is an Olympian without a country updated: Mon Jul 23 2012 05:19:00

Even though he will not compete in the London Olympics under his country's flag, South Sudan native Guor Marial basks with pride as the first athlete from the world's youngest nation in the global arena.

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.

Olympic sponsorship: Must it be so unhealthy?updated: Thu Jul 19 2012 07:59:00

It's hard to imagine the president of the International Olympic Committee on the "naughty step," forced to stay there until he had repented for his behavior. But that's more or less what has happened. Jacques Rogge had to "clarify" (in other words, backtrack on) his newsworthy comment that there was a "question mark" over the suitability of McDonald's and Coca-Cola as Olympic sponsors. Apparently he had actually first flagged his concerns four years ago, but the lure of sponsors' cash far outweighed any considerations about growing obesity levels ... and apparently still does.

Pregnant shooter to compete for Malaysia in London gamesupdated: Wed Jul 18 2012 01:18:00

On paper, Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi is entirely average for athletes competing in the women's 10-meter air rifle event at the 2012 London Olympics. There's just one difference: when she steps up to the line to shoot, she will be eight months pregnant.

Teen table tennis whiz competes for U.S.updated: Tue Jul 17 2012 10:19:00

CNN's Rob Marciano meets teen Ariel Hsing hoping to bring home the first U.S. medal for table tennis.

Teen puts spotlight on Olympic table tennisupdated: Tue Jul 17 2012 10:19:00

Ping-pong is a game most Americans play in their basements. But competitive table tennis is a different story. In fact, it's an Olympic sport, and the United States has a bright, new star representing Team USA in London: 16-year-old Ariel Hsing.

Getting to the Gamesupdated: Mon Jul 16 2012 11:47:00

CNN's Ben Wyatt gives an insider's guide to getting around London for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Extra security for Olympic gamesupdated: Sun Jul 15 2012 11:44:00

British government says it would use an additional three and a half thousand troops as security for the Olympic games.

Sen. Reid: Burn U.S. Olympic uniformsupdated: Fri Jul 13 2012 13:32:00

The athletes representing the United States in the upcoming Olympics are American but their clothes are not.

Lawmaker: USOC 'should be ashamed' Team USA uniforms made in Chinaupdated: Fri Jul 13 2012 13:32:00

The U.S. Olympic Committee is defending sponsor Ralph Lauren's uniforms for the opening ceremonies at the London Games after it was revealed that American athletes will be wearing clothing manufactured in China.

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.

Security shortage ahead of Olympic gamesupdated: Thu Jul 12 2012 16:47:00

CNN's Jim Boulden reports on an unexpected increase in British troops called up for security detail at Olympic venues.

Former FIFA president Havelange took $1.5 million in bribes: Swiss courtupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 17:23:00

Former FIFA president Joao Havelange and fellow Brazilian sports chief Ricardo Teixeira pocketed millions of dollars in bribes from a collapsed marketing company, documents released by a Swiss court Wednesday revealed.

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.

'Blade runner' Pistorius handed dream double Olympic ticketupdated: Wed Jul 04 2012 16:01:00

Double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius will compete at the Olympic Games after he was named in both the individual 400m and the South Africa 4x400m relay squad for London 2012.

Human to Hero: Stephanie Riceupdated: Tue Jul 03 2012 07:32:00

Stephanie Rice talks to CNN about the obstacles she has had to overcome to represent Australia at the 2012 Olympics.

Christie puts Bolt through his pacesupdated: Tue Jul 03 2012 06:59:00

Linford Christie puts Usain Bolt through his paces with quick fire questions.

Olympic runoff scratched when runner drops outupdated: Tue Jul 03 2012 06:59:00

An expected runoff between two sprinters for a spot in the London Olympics was scratched Monday when one of them decided to bow out.

From triumph to scandal: Olympians in the social media spotlightupdated: Mon Jul 02 2012 13:48:00

Did you know that Olympic track hopeful Lolo Jones is a virgin on the prowl for a date? Or that British swimmer Rebecca Adlington quit Twitter because meanies kept insulting her looks? The dirt that years ago would have been lost in the fray of the Olympic Games is now at the top of your Facebook feed. Tim Layden: Felix-Tarmoh runoff in jeopardyupdated: Mon Jul 02 2012 10:01:00

EUGENE, Ore. -- According to a source, late Sunday night officials from USA Track and Field were working to convince sprinter Jeneba Tarmoh to participate in Monday evening's unprecedented tie-breaking 100-meter runoff at Hayward Field to decide the final individual spot on the U.S. women's 100 team in London. Tarmoh, 22, and training partner Allyson Felix, 26, a two-time Olympic silver medalist in the 200 are scheduled to race at shortly after 5 p.m., Pacific Time. NBC has committed to televising the runoff live to the Eastern and Central time zones, cutting into coverage of the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials. Kelli Anderson: Franklin poised to make history in London, enjoy British cultureupdated: Mon Jul 02 2012 01:41:00

OMAHA, Neb -- Every month the Anglophile Club at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Co, calls to order 30 teenaged girls and a faculty advisor. The students' mission? To indulge their obsession with all things British. "Mostly we drink tea and eat scones and talk in British accents," says 17-year-old senior-to-be Missy Franklin.

Blake shocks Bolt in 100m dash at Jamaican Olympics trialsupdated: Sat Jun 30 2012 17:37:00

Yohan Blake stunned Usain Bolt over 100m in the Jamaica Olympic trials to signal his intent ahead of the London Games where they will battle again for gold medal glory.

Jamaica's sprint pedigreeupdated: Sat Jun 30 2012 17:37:00

Linford Christie takes a look at why Jamaican sprinters such as Usain Bolt are so dominant in major competitions.

Olympic rings on London's Tower Bridgeupdated: Thu Jun 28 2012 09:32:00

Five huge rings on the Tower Bridge are among many signs that the London Olympics are coming soon. Alex Thomas reports.

Female Saudi athlete: A dream come trueupdated: Tue Jun 26 2012 00:18:00

Unable to compete due to injury, Dalma Malhas reacts to news that Saudi Arabia will allow women to compete in Olympics.

Saudi Arabia to let women compete in Olympics for first timeupdated: Tue Jun 26 2012 00:18:00

Saudi Arabia will let its female athletes compete in the Olympics for the first time, its embassy in London said.

IOC selects three cities as candidates for 2020 Olympic Games updated: Thu May 24 2012 01:38:00

The International Olympic Committee announced Wednesday that Istanbul, Tokyo and Madrid have made it on to the short list of cities bidding to host the 2020 Olympic Games. Baku and Doha were rejected for the second time in a row after failing to make the 2016 games.

Senior Ukrainian Olympic official suspended after ticket rowupdated: Wed May 23 2012 13:32:00

Ukraine has suspended one of their top Olympic officials after an investigation alleged he was willing to sell up to 100 tickets for the London Games on the black market.

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.

IOC defends stance against moment of silence for Israel's 'Munich 11'updated: Tue May 22 2012 06:31:00

The International Olympic Committee on Monday defended its stance against a moment of silence at the London Games for Israel's 11 athletes and coaches killed by terrorists in 1972, a response that follows an Israeli official's vow to pressure the organizing committee to change its position.

'Just One Minute,' Israelis demand for athletes, coaches killed at '72 Gamesupdated: Fri May 18 2012 05:43:00

Israel's deputy foreign minister is taking to social media to pressure the International Olympic Committee to reverse its stance against a moment of silence at the London Games for 11 Israeli athletes and coaches killed at the 1972 games. Nick Zaccardi: Former Olympian Ervin attempting a comeback after mysterious layoffupdated: Fri May 11 2012 23:39:00

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Anthony Ervin isn't revealing everything about the last eight years of his life. The parts he does share make you wish he would.

Scaling Everest honors 1924 Olympic vowupdated: Wed May 09 2012 07:13:00

A British explorer is bringing an Olympic medal to the top of Mt. Everest to honor a pledge from 1924.

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.

Falklands War retrospectiveupdated: Fri May 04 2012 17:54:00

CNN's Dan Rivers looks at the history of the Falklands War on the 30th anniversary of the conflict.

Argentine Olympic ad riles UK, IOCupdated: Fri May 04 2012 17:54:00

Britain and international Olympic officials are taking issue with an advertisement claiming Argentina has sovereignty over the Falkland Islands.

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