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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.

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.

China rallies around fallen hurdler Liu Xiangupdated: Wed Aug 08 2012 03:46:00

China is rallying around fallen hurdler Liu Xiang Wednesday after he failed to make it past the first-round heat for a second consecutive Olympics. The sympathetic response was a stark contrast to the public outcry over his high-profile withdrawal from the Beijing 2008 Games.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

London Olympics on timeupdated: Thu Feb 09 2012 11:06:00

Friday is the six month mark before the Opening Ceremony for London 2012. Jim Boulden got a tour of the Olympic Park.

2012 Olympic synchronized swimming tickets oversoldupdated: Thu Jan 05 2012 06:17:00

London 2012 Olympic organizers said Wednesday they oversold thousands of tickets for the synchronized swimming events at this summer's Games.

Gebrselassie: London 2012 is my targetupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 12:19:00

Legendary athlete Haile Gebrselassie has told CNN that he aims to be competitive at the 2012 London Olympic Games, despite being impressed by some of the younger runners coming through in long-distance events.

The best long distance runner ever?updated: Thu Sep 29 2011 12:19:00

Rory McIlroy tells CNN's Don Riddell about his ambition to become the world's number one golfer.

Hampton Court to host Olympic time-trialupdated: Tue Jul 26 2011 08:50:00

Hampton Court Palace will be the venue for the cycling time trial event at the London 2012 Olympic Games, it was announced on Wednesday.

2012 Olympic ticket buyers in the darkupdated: Tue Jul 26 2011 08:48:00

Olympic ticket buyers won't be told how much or when money will be deducted from their accounts. Emily Reuben reports.

2012 Olympic torch relay confined to Britain's bordersupdated: Tue Jul 26 2011 08:48:00

The torch relay for the 2012 London Olympics will be confined to the United Kingdom and possibly Ireland, it was confirmed when the route was announced on Wednesday.

Japan announces bid to stage 2020 Olympic Gamesupdated: Sat Jul 16 2011 10:29:00

Tokyo on Saturday formally announced its bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, despite setbacks in earlier tries.

China releases rights activist Hu Jia, his wife tweetsupdated: Sun Jun 26 2011 13:45:00

Chinese authorities have released activist Hu Jia, his wife posted Sunday on Twitter. Nick Zaccardi: Comcast/NBC's plan for the London '12 broadcast; more Olympic notesupdated: Thu Jun 09 2011 21:35:00

Comcast/NBC will remain the U.S. Olympic network in 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020. But for now, it's time to focus on 2012. Richard Deitsch: Comcast/NBC keeps Olympics after moving pitch -- with Costas' helpupdated: Wed Jun 08 2011 11:47:00

As the Comcast/NBC presentation neared its conclusion Tuesday morning at the International Olympic Committee headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, Bob Costas stepped to the front of the room to deliver the emotional highlight of the allocution.

Visa glitch hits race for London 2012 Olympics ticketsupdated: Tue Mar 15 2011 11:45:00

Tickets went on sale for the 2012 London Olympics on Tuesday, but some sports fans were unable to process their applications due to problems with the online payment system.

Record drug tests at London 2012updated: Wed Apr 07 2010 14:09:00

Athletes competing at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games will face more scrutiny about banned substances after organizers said they will be carrying out more doping tests than in any previous Olympics.

London marks 1,000 days to 2012 Olympicsupdated: Sat Oct 31 2009 16:47:00

Saturday marks 1,000 days until the London 2012 Olympic Games, and officials promise the event is on track and on budget.

Rio de Janeiro to host 2016 Olympicsupdated: Fri Oct 02 2009 16:34:00

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee announced Friday.

Olympic sailors test waters for 2012 Gamesupdated: Fri Sep 18 2009 12:25:00

The first venue to be completed for the 2012 Summer Olympics hosts its first major international sailing competition this week, in what is considered a test run for the Games.

Richards finally claims first 400m gold medalupdated: Tue Aug 18 2009 16:26:00

American Sanya Richards finally claimed her first global women's 400 meters gold medal with victory in the World Championships in Berlin on Tuesday.

Phelps back in competitive waterupdated: Thu May 14 2009 17:27:00

Michael Phelps -- the Olympic gold-medal swimmer who jumped into hot water over a photo of him holding a bong -- has returned to competition for the first time since the Beijing Olympics.

Phelps admits 'bad judgment' after marijuana-pipe photoupdated: Mon Feb 02 2009 15:32:00

Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps admitted to "regrettable" behavior Sunday and vowed it wouldn't happen again after a British newspaper published a photograph of the swimmer smoking from a bong.

Radcliffe returns to face top London fieldupdated: Tue Dec 02 2008 15:59:00

World record holder Paula Radcliffe will return to run in next year's London marathon on April 26 when she faces five of the first six finishers at the Olympic Games in Beijing. SI's Sportsman of the Year: Michael Phelpsupdated: Tue Dec 02 2008 10:20:00

The party of the year in the swimming world took place not in Beijing's Water Cube in August but in a New York City hotel ballroom the week before Thanksgiving. The occasion was the Golden Goggle Awards, the Oscars of the amphibious set, and most of the 43 members of the U.S. Olympic swim team turned out for the splashy event. With their short skirts, high heels and ripped biceps the women were visions of powerful femininity. The dudes wore their tuxedos ironically, with shaggy hair and bow ties askew. Before the awards show began, there was a rip-roaring cocktail hour. The view of midtown Manhattan from the ballroom revealed the grand old Ziegfeld Theatre, which on this night was hosting a red-carpet premiere for the latest overwrought Hollywood drama. Despite the constellation of paparazzi flashes the assembled actors couldn't match the star power at the Golden Goggles.

Getting up to Olympic speedupdated: Thu Nov 20 2008 08:14:00

I have always dreamed of winning a medal at the Olympic Games -- and sailing seemed like a good sport to target. London 2012: Tough Act to Follow updated: Tue Aug 26 2008 20:05:00

Brits are known for theater, pageantry, music and humor. But if stodgy politicians have their way, none of that may come through in the 2012 Olympics Michael Phelps and London Take the Summer Olympics Batonupdated: Mon Aug 25 2008 10:29:00

The record-setting American calls the ceremony a "great start" to the 2012 games

Grand spectacle closes Beijing's Olympicsupdated: Mon Aug 25 2008 04:24:00

Grand fireworks and spectacular choreography brought to a close the Beijing Games Sunday as one of the most remarkable Olympics in recent history were declared at an end. The Lessons of the Beijing Olympicsupdated: Sun Aug 24 2008 12:00:00

As spectacular as the sports were, the Games in the end had become more of an extravaganza for the Chinese, with the rest of the world tagging along

Anticipating the Gamesupdated: Wed Aug 20 2008 09:23:00

Great moments define the Olympics. From amazing highs to shocking disappointments, each Olympics produces its own signature snapshots in time.

Emotion kicks off China's Olympicsupdated: Sat Aug 09 2008 04:07:00

Fireworks, athletes and pageantry on a scale never before seen in the Olympics opened the Summer Games in Beijing on Friday as the Asian nation kicked off the biggest and most scrutinized Games in history. Selena Roberts: Do the Olympics still have the same transforming power for women athletes as before?updated: Fri Aug 08 2008 11:31:00

The modern Olympic Games have always been a chick-flick moment for women who finally have the camera long enough to turn America's head. They haven't batted their eyes, but performed flips for enough mass adoration to last Mary Lou Retton's lifetime. They haven't vanished as fly-by darlings, but endured as women who have delivered iconic nicknames (Suzy "ChapStick" Chaffee) and haircuts (The Dorothy Hamill 'do) and first-name familiarity (Mia, as in Hamm). S.L. Price: What I'm looking forward to at the 2008 Gamesupdated: Thu Aug 07 2008 10:29:00

I'm like anybody else. I watch the Olympics because I want to see who wins. But the 2008 Summer Games are intriguing for reasons that go well beyond the 100-meter final, Michael Phelps' bid to become the greatest Olympian ever or the daily mine-is-bigger exercise of comparing medal counts.

China's task: Avoid post-Olympics slowdownupdated: Tue Aug 05 2008 19:23:00

Once the gold medals leave Beijing, will China's economy remain gilded?

Tour of Olympic media centerupdated: Wed Jul 23 2008 20:38:00

CNN's Emily Chang shows us where journalists will be spending their time in Beijing.

Olympics enter the '2.0' eraupdated: Wed Jul 23 2008 20:38:00

This year's Summer Olympic Games have been seen as China's coming-out party, destined to be as significant for the host country as the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo were for Japan.

Family finds Hong Kong fortune in hatsupdated: Sat Jul 05 2008 04:46:00

In ancient China, a hat tells of social rank. For the six Ngan siblings, hats tell the story of their rise to fortune.

Mainland headwearupdated: Sat Jul 05 2008 04:46:00

Mainland Headwear is the sole licensed headwear manufacturer for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, CNN's Joyce Choi reports. 4 Cities to Vie for 2016 Olympicsupdated: Wed Jun 04 2008 14:15:00

Chicago was among the four cities picked as finalists Wednesday for the 2016 Summer Olympics, setting the stage for a high-profile bidding contest between candidates

Swiss won't miss Olympics, but football takes first placeupdated: Wed Apr 30 2008 08:15:00

Yes, we have Roger. Yes, we developed the "Bird's nest" Olympic stadium. But in Switzerland, the 2008 Summer Olympics are still far away -- and not just geographically.

Olympic torch relay kicks offupdated: Sun Mar 23 2008 22:45:00

Beijing will kick off the Olympic torch relay that is shrouded by the turmoil in Tibet. CNN's Jaime FlorCruz reports.

Dalai Lama 'powerless' to stop protestsupdated: Fri Mar 21 2008 03:30:00

Tibet's spiritual leader Thursday said he was powerless to stop anti-Chinese violence as authorities in Beijing acknowledged for the first time that unrest had spread into neighboring Chinese provinces.

Tibetans continue to defy China crackdownupdated: Thu Mar 20 2008 02:34:00

New video from China suggests that security forces have yet to gain complete control of Tibet and neighboring provinces which have suffered eruptions of anti-Chinese violence since last week. Spielberg Chided by Chinese Mediaupdated: Wed Feb 20 2008 13:00:00

Hollywood director Steven Spielberg's decision to quit the Beijing Olympics over the Darfur crisis is drawing condemnation by China's state-controlled media

China's link to Sudanupdated: Wed Feb 20 2008 08:53:00

ITN's Richard Pallot reports on the call for Chinese President Hu Jintao to take urgent action on Darfur.

Ainslie tops Team GB Games line-upupdated: Tue Jan 08 2008 13:20:00

Double gold medalist Ben Ainslie headed the first nine names -- all from the sport of sailing -- officially selected for Britain's line-up at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Jones Formally Stripped of Medalsupdated: Wed Dec 12 2007 09:00:00

The IOC formally stripped Marion Jones of her five Olympic medals Wednesday, wiping her name from the record books following her admission that she was a drug cheat

Ayhan faces a lifetime suspensionupdated: Sat Nov 17 2007 11:43:00

Former European 1,500-meter champion Sureyya Ayhan has tested positive for doping and faces a lifetime ban.

Countdown Beijing: Your e-mailsupdated: Sun Oct 21 2007 00:42:00

The IOC (International Olympic Committee) should consider a country's record in human and animal rights, as well as its respect for the environment, before granting the said country the honor of hosting the Olympics. The 2008 Beijing Olympics is a result of polical concession and lobbying by prominent businesses. Oscar Lei, Toronto, Canada

London's Olympic logo: Could you do better?updated: Wed Jun 06 2007 04:23:00

The jagged logo for the London 2012 Olympics has attracted a barrage of criticism, with thousands signing an online petition calling for it to be scrapped.

London Olympics chiefs defend logoupdated: Tue Jun 05 2007 14:09:00

London 2012 Olympics chiefs have defended the newly-unveiled logo following widespread public criticism that it was 'hideous' and a waste of money.

Games chiefs hit back at criticismupdated: Wed Nov 01 2006 03:31:00

Jack Lemley, the U.S. engineer drafted in to oversee construction for the London 2012 Olympics, has said that he quit because of fears that political rows would delay projects and raise costs.

Hamilton can keep his Athens gold updated: Tue Jun 27 2006 10:48:00

American cyclist Tyler Hamilton will keep his gold medal from the 2004 Athens Olympics, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled on Tuesday.

Beijing Games organizers confidentupdated: Tue Mar 28 2006 02:47:00

Construction of the venues for the 2008 Beijing Olympics has hit problems but organizers are confident they will still be delivered on schedule at the end of next year.

Beijing's great leap toward 2008updated: Wed Nov 09 2005 00:36:00

They came, they saw and they conquered like never before.

Paris never led in Olympic votingupdated: Wed Jul 06 2005 23:10:00

When the International Olympic Committee met in Singapore to decide which city would win the 2012 Olympics, the odds favored front-runner Paris.

British sports chiefs are euphoricupdated: Wed Jul 06 2005 08:09:00

British sports chiefs were euphoric after London was chosen to stage the 2012 Olympic Games.

London wins 2012 Olympicsupdated: Wed Jul 06 2005 00:47:00

London has defeated European rival Paris to host the 2012 Summer Games, bringing the Olympics back to Britain for the first time in more than half a century.

Rogge opens crucial IOC sessionupdated: Tue Jul 05 2005 09:00:00

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge opened their four day annual session in Singapore on Tuesday, telling delegates they had a tough decision to make between the five cities competing for the 2012 Olympics.

Cities making final Olympic pitchupdated: Tue Jul 05 2005 02:46:00

After a final, furious lobbying effort by an elite who's who of politicians and athletes, members of the International Olympic Committee are meeting in Singapore to decide which of five cities will host the 2012 Olympic Games.

Sampanis withdraws Olympic appealupdated: Fri Jun 03 2005 08:56:00

Greek weightlifter Leonidas Sampanis, stripped of Olympic bronze after a doping offense in Athens, has withdrawn his appeal to the international Court of Arbitration for Sport.

London unveils £20m incentive planupdated: Mon Apr 18 2005 13:01:00

London has stepped up its campaign to win the 2012 Olympics with a $20 million carrot to athletes and National Olympic Committees (NOC) worldwide.

IOC chiefs by-pass Paris strikersupdated: Thu Mar 10 2005 15:42:00

Striking French workers took care to express support for Paris's bid to host the 2012 Olympics when the IOC's evaluation commission toured the capital on Thursday.

National strike may hurt Paris bidupdated: Tue Feb 22 2005 12:12:00

Paris 2012 Olympic bid chiefs insist a visit by the IOC's evaluation commission will not be affected by a national stike called by French public sector unions for March 10.

Thorpe may miss world championshipupdated: Fri Nov 19 2004 10:45:00

Ian Thorpe may skip next year's world championships in order to stay focused for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Australian's coach Tracey Menzies has said.

CNNMoney: NBC Universal rings in Athens profitsupdated: Mon Aug 30 2004 11:07:00

In hindsight, NBC Universal's big bet on the Athens Olympics isn't looking so risky after all.

CNNMoney: Athens battles ghost of Sydneyupdated: Tue Aug 17 2004 11:20:00

American swimmer Michael Phelps and NBC have something in common: With expectations high, both got off to a shaky start at the Olympics, but both are now showing signs that things have turned around.

Business 2.0: Why Beijing Is Running Rings Around Athensupdated: Sun Aug 01 2004 00:01:00

The 2004 Olympics are only a hop, skip, and long jump away. But just when corporate sponsors should begin cashing in on the Games' historic return to their birthplace, they're instead looking beyon...

IOC arranges Athens insurance dealupdated: Tue Apr 27 2004 09:27:00

The International Olympic Committee has taken out insurance cover in case this year's Athens Games are cancelled.

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