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Stories about Olympics

Curtain falls on Kenya's Benjamin Ayimba, first African coach outside of South Africa to win a Sevens World Series Cup

Rugby is the only team sport where Kenya has consistently excelled in the world, and Ayimba played a big part in that success.

Here's to Dilshod Nazarov and Four Other Tajikistan Sporting Success Stories You've Never Heard

Unless you are North Korea, never mess with this country in ITF Taekwon-Do.

An Ethiopian Runner Makes a Brave Gesture of Anti-Government Protest at the Olympic Finish Line

"#FeyisaLilesa used the biggest stage of his life to express a muzzled generational cry for freedom. He spoke without words. #courage"

A New Digital Tool Helped Rio de Janeiro Activists Document Abuses in the Olympics

CrowdVoice.by enables activists and grassroots organizations to collaboratively curate media related to their causes.

Tajikistan Goes Crazy Over First Ever Olympic Gold

"Long live Tajik mothers who give birth to sons like Dilshod Nazarov. Well done, mother of Dilshod."

Kyrgyzstan Still Hearts the Female Wrestler Who Fell Short at Rio

The fact the country's only medalist lost his bronze for doping has helped to boost her popularity even further.

Japan Off to a Strong Start at 2016 Rio Olympics

Japanese men and women got off to a strong start during the first weekend of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Russian Athlete Branded a ‘Traitor’ for Competing in Rio Olympics

Internet users in Russia are ganging up on long jumper Darya Klishina for agreeing to compete in the Rio Summer Olympics under a neutral flag.

Women Recognized for Their Contributions to Sports

The International Olympic Committee recognized public figures and organizations that have promoted the participation of women in all areas of sports.

Mexican Protesters Show Creative Activism

@faeriedevilish, blogging for Infoactivismo, reflects on the need to be creative in communicating our protests. Along those lines, the author explains the importance of creativity while referring to protesting events...

Bot Wave Tries to Remind Russians of Rosier Olympic Times

Facing economic crisis at home and armed conflict in Ukraine, there has been a concerted effort across the airwaves to remind Russians about the anniversary the country’s 2014 Olympic triumph.

3 Years in Prison for Spray-Painting a Fence? Now's Your Chance to Say ‘No.’

This summer, activists launched a "Free Vitishko" signature drive through the global civic organization "Avaaz." The petition demands the environmentalist's immediate and unconditional release from Russian prison.

South Korean Figure Skater Yuna Kim's ‘Robbed’ Sochi Gold Becomes Photoshop Meme

Russian figure skater Adelina Sotnikova took gold in the free skating event, but many, not limited to South Koreans, questioned the result.

To Hell with the Games: Russians Turn from Sochi to Ukraine

Today, after a relative lull, violence returned to Kiev’s streets, causing a dramatic shift in RuNet activity. Indeed, the images coming out of Ukraine depict something like a civil war.

Ex-South Korean Skater Viktor Ahn Wins Two Medals at Sochi for Russia

Star speed-skater Viktor Ahn, formerly a South Korean, runs as a Russian player and won two medals in Sochi Olympics so far. Koreans seem happy for this under-appreciated star's success.

Blood on the Ice, Fury on the Tubes

Drama is never far behind when the Russian and the USA national hockey teams meet on the ice.

Kazakhstan Gets Its First Medal in Sochi

Kazakhstan's Denis Ten finished third in men's figure skating tonight, bringing the country its first-ever Olympic medal in this sport.

The Only Pakistani at the Sochi Olympics Taught Himself to Ski on Wooden Planks

While he has growing up in northern Pakistan, close to some of the highest slopes in the world, Mohammad Karim taught himself to ski on home-made equipment made by his uncle from...

Did Turkmenistan Get Cold Feet Before the Sochi Winter Olympics?

Warm-wintered Turkmenistan failed to send a singe athlete to this year's Winter Olympics. The only representative the republic sent to Sochi was its sport-loving president.

Welcome All to Russia's 2014 Olympic Hunger Games

Another way to poke fun at Russia's hosting of the Winter Games has emerged: comparisons between the Olympics and the wildly popular Hunger Games franchise.

About our Olympics coverage

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games are scheduled to take place in London, United Kingdom from 27 July to 12 August, 2012. With 26 sports, 10,500 athletes and millions of spectators, the Olympics is the world’s biggest sporting event. London will become the first city to officially host the modern Olympic Games three times, having previously done so in 1908 and in 1948.

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