Today the 2012 Paralympic Games opened in London and from now until September 9, some of the best athletes with disabilities in the world will compete in 21 different events ranging from wheelchair rugby to swimming. Some of the sports will require wheelchairs designed with cutting edge engineering. What is really interesting about these chairs is how they vary so much from sport to sport. Just like you wouldn't use a basketball shoe to run track, the wheelchairs paralympians use differ greatly to suit the event. Check out this video by the National Science Foundation and NBC Learn to see how these high-end pieces of sporting equipment are designed. More »
The US Men’s Basketball team dropped it into cruise control yet again, beating Argentina by 26 points in the semifinals of the 2012 London Olympic Tournament. In the other semifinal, Spain defeated Russia to set up a rematch of the gold medal final from Beijing 2008. As per usual, I have a few takeaways to share from this latest Dream Team drubbing. More »
Usain Bolt has wowed the world once again. In Beijing 2008 he won both the 100-and 200-meter sprint titles and at the London 2012 Olympic games he has done it again. He's the first man to ever defend his 200-meter Olympic title and becomes the first to win the 100 and 200 in back-to-back Games. More »
Under a constellation of flashbulbs in the London Olympic stadium, the biggest star of the night was once again Usain Bolt. The world-record smashing Jamaican sprinter became the first man in Olympic history to retain his 200-meter title and he also became the first to win both the 100 and 200 in two Olympics.
In truth, had Bolt never stepped on a track again after he destroyed the world records in the 100 meters and 200 meters at the 2009 Berlin World Championships, he would have already assured himself a spot among the greatest track athletes the world has ever known. But by completing his double-double and mesmerizing us again, he is surely without peer. More »
She turned pro as a teenager, has a serious sweet tooth and a funny childhood nickname. Allyson Felix is also a fierce competitor chasing her first individual Olympic gold medal in the 200 meters this year. Here are five things you should know about the 27-year-old sprinter.
1. She turned pro out of high school More »
Today the US Men’s basketball team took on the only country to have beaten the States twice since they started using NBA players—Argentina. Led by the Spurs' Manu Ginobli and the Suns’ Luis Scola, the South American squad looked great in the first half, only trailing by one at the break. Then it all changed. The US came out of the locker room on fire and scorched Argentina in the third quarter, outscoring them 42-17, with Kevin Durant leading the way. The game ended with the States winning 126 -97 to remain undefeated as group play concludes and the knockout rounds begin. We had three takeaways from this last preliminary contest: More »
In maybe the best game so far of any team sport at the 2012 Olympics, the U.S. women’s soccer team beat their neighbors to the north, Canada, 4-3 in a thrilling semifinal match in Manchester. Playing at Old Trafford, the storied home of Manchester United, the two teams delivered a performance worthy of a stadium nicknamed “The Theater of Dreams.” Canada took the lead three times and each time the U.S. leveled in a match that was played at an extremely high level. Both teams played well on the ball, hit quality crosses and made hard challenges. A heroic goal in the dying moments of extra time by Alex Morgan kept the American's 11-year unbeaten streak against Canada intact. The States now advances to the gold medal final against current World Cup champ Japan and Canada will play for bronze against France. Here are five takeaways from this epic semifinal. More »