The big contests pit nation against nation, friend against friend and brother against brother
Olympic Preview Issue
Want to compete in the Olympics? Science says your VO2 max better be up for it
Afghanistan’s first female boxer may take a pounding in the ring. Big deal. She’s been in much tougher scraps back home
Every event has its winners and losers, but some are better known for how they played
From the pool to the gymnastics mat, Olympians compete in style
The singer talks to TIME about his Olympics soundtrack, his famous friends and why a small woman wielding a big sword held no terrors for him.
The Heptathlete takes some time out from a TIME magazine photo shoot to discuss what the London Olympics mean to her