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.
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.
Olympic champion Michael Phelps take on rivals, why he's skeptical of the Yi Shiwen doping rumors and his future plans.
Soledad O'Brien and the Starting Point team weigh in on the new Olympic uniforms for the USA team being made in China.
Last week United States senators expressed dismay and outrage to learn that the uniforms for American Olympians were produced in China. But this is not new. For years unrestrained globalization has seen textile and clothing multinationals race to the bottom in the search for cheaper and cheaper production.
Patriotism, it has been said, is the last refuge of scoundrels. Indeed, with 86% of the American public disapproving of Congress' performance, refuge-seeking politicians have wrapped themselves in the flag to denounce the fact that the U.S. Olympic team's uniforms were manufactured in China.
Designer Nanette Lepore weighs in on the controversy over Team USA Olympic uniforms being manufacturered in China.
The athletes representing the United States in the upcoming Olympics are American but their clothes are not.
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.
An expected runoff between two sprinters for a spot in the London Olympics was scratched Monday when one of them decided to bow out.
Linford Christie puts Usain Bolt through his paces with quick fire questions.
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.
If sports are supposed to teach discipline, self-control, and leadership, why do so many athletes seem to be leading troubled lives? And what can be done about it?
Jeret Peterson has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He's featured in this 2010 video after winning silver medal.
Freestyle skier Jeret "Speedy" Peterson, who won a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Games, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police in Utah said.
Freestyle skier Jeret "Speedy" Peterson, who won a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Games, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police in Utah said Tuesday.
Kulsoom Abdullah is a 35-year-old with a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering. But it's her passion outside of work that has put her at the center of a debate -- one that could affect athletic competitions worldwide, even the Olympics.
An Olympic athlete needs help. This is a call to action for anyone who might hear of anything, see anything, have a lead or even a hunch. Over the holidays, some thieves broke into the home of Merrill Moses' parents in Manteca, Calif. In the middle of the night they swiped some jewelry, a flat screen TV and other valuables from Max and Marlene Moses.
Fran Crippen, a star open-water swimmer, was at a competition in the United Arab Emirates when he made a promise to his longtime prep-school coach back in the states.
A 26-year-old member of the U.S. national swimming team died Saturday during an open-water race in the United Arab Emirates, according to event officials.
Just three weeks after the U.S. men's basketball team defeated host nation Turkey in the finals of their world championship, the U.S. women's team knocked off the hosts from the Czech Republic, 89-69, to capture the women's title in Karlovy Vary on Sunday. Angel McCoughtry led the U.S. with 18 points and Diana Taurasi added 16. The victory also gave the U.S. squad an automatic berth in the tournament at the London Olympics.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Al Kelley retired in 1999 after a 45-year career in parts distribution with Caterpillar, Inc., the world-famous manufacturer of construction equipment. He is 77 years old, stands 5-foot-11 and looks more like your weekend poker buddy than an accomplished basketball player.
Even Olympians have to pay the rent.
Annoyed by a French competitor's bragging, U.S. Olympic swimmer Don Schollander stalked him into the men's bathroom, then planted himself inches behind his rival -- at the urinal.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- There is a Lord of the Flies vibe to a United States team that entered the Winter Games as a group of athletes who had been deserted by authority for two years. The leadership at the United States Olympic Committee kept changing -- Jim Scherr was CEO, then Stephanie Streeter, wait, it's now Scott Blackmun redux (he was the interim chief in 2000) -- leaving the Olympians largely on their own island.
Bronze medalist Scott Lago apologized to U.S. officials and volunteered to leave the Olympic Games after racy pictures of him, his medal and a female fan showed up on the Internet, a spokesman for the U.S. ski and snowboard team confirmed Saturday.
Tim Burke, the top U.S. biathlete, tends to get asked what, exactly, it is that he does. When he left Europe for Vancouver last month for a final stint of pre-Olympic training, Burke landed in Chicago for a connecting flight and got that very question from a curious customs officer. After Burke told the man that he competes in biathlon, "he asked me if biathlon is a combination of handball and something else," says the 28-year-old Burke. "I can't even remember what the other thing was. I stopped listening when he said handball."
It's fitting that Valentine's Day, a day when people lead with their hearts, fell during the Vancouver Games. Olympians bring the same dedication to training and competing as they do to supporting their communities and the causes that inspire them. Here are some examples.
Maddy Schaffrick has a lot on her mind for a 15-year-old. Along with schoolwork and friends, she's also got a good shot at making the U.S. Olympic snowboarding team.
Stephen Colbert may have lost his bid as an underdog presidential candidate last year, but he still wants to represent America any way he can.
For four years since he won the men's title at the Turin Olympics, Russia's Yevgeny Plushenko has been the wildcard in the men's figure skating equation, talking comeback and keeping out of sight. In October, he returned to the ice to win the Rostelecom Cup with a strong, but flawed, performance in Moscow that suggested he might make a run at another Olympics.
Now that it's official, and the 2010 U.S. Olympic women's hockey team has been named, is the pressure lifted or does it only get heavier from here?
In answering the question of when rather than if, the USOC announced that acting CEO Stephanie Streeter will be on her way out from the top of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Consider it a good start.
COPENHAGEN -- These are the wee hours of the morning after an IOC vote in Copenhagen and the fun is just beginning. Rio, one of the perceived co-favorites to win the rights to hold the 2016 Olympics, won the vote. No surprise. Chicago, the other perceived co-favorite finished fourth, behind Madrid and Tokyo. Surprise. How did that happen, especially when the buzz around the Marriot hotel where IOC members were staying suggested momentum might be swinging in Chicago's direction?
On Friday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will choose the city that will host the 2016 Summer Olympics. Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo, the four finalists, will each make a 45-minute presentation before the IOC members Friday afternoon in Copenhagen. They are likely to highlight their bid's assets and address some of the questions raised in the IOC's site evaluation report released earlier this month. The winning city should be announced between noon and 1 p.m. Eastern Time in the U.S.
Jordan Hasay has never had a major haircut. "Just trims," said the 17-year-old distance runner from Mission College Prep in San Luis Obispo, Calif. "It's kind of my trademark."
Ron Wilson of the Toronto Maple Leafs is expected to be named coach of the U.S. Olympic team for next year's Winter Games in Vancouver, according to several reports Friday that cited unidentified sources.
Jim Scherr's abrupt resignation as Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Olympic Committee leaves several questions: Why is he out, what does it mean for the USOC and could his resignation affect Chicago's chances to land the 2016 Olympics when the IOC awards those Games in October? Is an organization that had righted its ship after years of dysfunction now setting itself up for another era of wayward management or merely adjusting its priorities in a tough economy?
With his team eliminated from medal contention in Turin in 2006, dejected U.S. Olympic hockey coach Peter Laviolette faced a packed room in his final post-game press conference. In a sportswriter's fantasy world, the coach would have prefaced his remarks with, "You know, most of you out there gave us no shot at a medal, and boy, I guess you guys were bang-on."
An American couple with close ties to the US Olympic volleyball teams is attacked in Beijing. CNN's Emily Chang reports.
Greats like Ali and Foreman got their start with Olympic gold. Now US boxers are lucky to make the finals. What's wrong?
There are 596 names on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team and names, like eyes, are windows into the soul.
A Chinese man wielding a knife stabbed an American couple in central Beijing on Saturday, killing the man and seriously wounding the woman before jumping to his death from an ancient tower, said U.S. Olympic officials and state-run media.
The first day of the Beijing Olympics is marred by the death of an American tourist. ITN's Geraint Vincent reports.
Friday's dazzling kick-off (with Yao Ming and 14,000 others) is marred by the killing of an American Saturday
Family members of the U.S. volleyball coach are stabbed in what appears to be a random attack
BEIJING -- On Friday morning, Lopez Lomong sat before a room full of journalists and was asked to tell his story. Twenty-six minutes later, he stopped. And if this constitutes the longest press conference soliloquy that many in attendance had ever heard, it was also scarcely long enough to embrace Lomong's remarkable young life.
A U.S. athlete who overcame the chaos of war in Sudan to become a middle-distance runner in the United States will carry the American flag during Friday's opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Games.
U.S. flag bearer Lopez Lomong tells CNN's Mark McKay about representing his country at the Beijing Olympic Games.
Chinese officials have revoked the visa of former U.S. Olympic speed skater Joey Cheek, an action that has worried the White House.
BEIJING -- Until Tuesday, Joey Cheek wasn't going to be a big story at these Olympics. His mission to make the world aware of the genocide in Darfur, to hold China accountable as Sudan's largest trading partner, to be sports world's best example of the activist-athlete, had started to fade as the opening ceremonies approached.
BEIJING -- The haze over the Bird's Nest possesses the air quality of a smoker's lung, and yet a group of spin artists on the Beijing scene Wednesday declared a blue-sky vision without a single catch in their throats.
QINHUANGDAO, China -- There's no delicate way to put it. Brian McBride is an old guy.
The U.S. Olympic basketball team completed preparations for the Beijing Games with a far from convincing 87-76 victory over Australia in Shanghai on Tuesday night.
The U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee are expected to ask a federal judge Monday to shut down Web sites they allege scam customers trying to buy Olympic tickets, according to court documents.
EUGENE, Ore. -- The U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials resume Thursday at Hayward Field. Thoughts, past and future.
Tyson Gay ran a wind-assisted 9.68 seconds for the fastest 100 meters of all time as he won the sprint final at the US Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon.
KETV's Scott Buer gives a firsthand account of a storm as it passed through.
Dwindling funds? Leadership in hiding? Unpaid athletes and coaches? Phantom appointments? What is going on with the U.S. Fencing Association? In order to address the growing problems in the sport, the U.S. Olympic Committee will announce on Wednesday that it will begin overseeing certain operating aspects of the U.S. Fencing Association, which is in operational and financial freefall after its most successful Olympics four years ago.
Viewpoint: Few of them have taken a stand on China's human rights abuses. But athletics and politics should not remain separate
Disgraced track star Marion Jones has returned her Olympic medals after pleading guilty to lying to federal agents about her use of steroids, U.S. Olympic chief Peter Ueberroth said Monday.
CNN Sports' Larry Smith discusses Marion Jones' doping confession.
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United States will spend more than $500,000 setting up a high-performance training center at a Chinese university as part of their final preparations for the 2008 Olympics, the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) said on Monday.
The United States will bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games in either Los Angeles or Chicago, officials have announced.
"Put the fish on the table," says George Kohlrieser, a professor at the International Institute for Management Development in Switzerland. You've got to go through the "smelly, bloody process of cleaning it," but the reward is "a great fish dinner at the end of the day."
Chanda Gunn's goal was to be in the goal crease for the U.S. Olympic women's hockey team, and she was not about to let epilepsy shut her out.
Four cities have been selected as finalists for the 2008 U.S. Olympic trials, USA Track & Field (USATF) have announced.
One reason the $388 billion spending measure that Congress rushed to approve by Thanksgiving is 3,320 pages long is that lawmakers have stuffed it with pork-barrel prizes.
Jimmy Pedro won a bronze medal in judo at the Olympics earlier this week, along with a $10,000 prize from the U.S. Olympic Committee.
American athletes have been urged to tone down patriotic celebrations during the Athens Games as the U.S. team prepares to go into competition against the backdrop of a domestic doping scandal and amid security fears.
Olympic runner Ryan Tolbert-Jackson is familiar with the effects of smog. She has asthma, which was triggered after she competed at the 1997 World Championships in Athens.
Aaron Peirsol broke his 200 meters backstroke world record and Amanda Beard regained hers in the 200m breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic trials on Monday.
Track and field's world governing body will not intervene to suspend American athletes facing doping allegations unless there is evidence they failed drug tests.
The Olympic torch arrived in Los Angeles on Wednesday on its journey to Athens. Back in the Greek capital, nearly every hotel has hiked its room rates for the Games, some to breathtaking heights.
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