If seeing all those toned bodies at this past summer’s London Games inspires you to go from spectator to contender, TIME has put together a list of equipment used in the Olympics and Paralympics. This way, even if you can’t compete like an elite athlete, you can at least look like one
Long regarded as secondary to the Olympic Games, the Paralympics have reached new levels of esteem at London 2012.
Winning a medal at the Olympics may not be enough to receive an honor from the Queen, and many Brits are not happy about it
Critics have suggested that Rio de Janeiro won’t be ready to host the 2014 World Cup or the 2016 Olympics. Aldo Rebelo, Brazil’s Sports Minister, begs to differ
In the high-profile world of Olympic competition, only a small (but growing) number of gay athletes have publicly acknowledged their sexual orientation.
From Ryan Locthe’s patriotic grill to Venus Williams’s colorful ponytail, TIME looks at the competitors’ most memorable style choices.
Female athletes have been dabbling with nail art as way of displaying national pride.
Olympic spectators can’t stop taking pictures of them. Passersby point when they see them. They’ve even generated fan mail. They’re British wildflowers, and they are earning golden reviews at Olympic Park.
London 2012 is proving to be a family affair, with parents’ reactions to their children competing as big a spectacle as sports
The Swiss organizers, who have a budget of $4.6 million, opted to showcase the quirky.