Go for the Gold with TIME’s list of essential Olympics apps for smartphones and tablets
The goal is to put on a show that wows the world and doesn’t embarrass the host nation. But that doesn’t always happen.
The summer hideaways that will give you a respite from host city chaos
Throughout history athletes have earned monikers inspired by everything from animals to the heroes of ancient myth. Here are the best — and most apt — nicknames from all 30 summer Olympic games
As sports fans and Anglophiles alike descend on London for the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics, designers are capitalizing on British mania with special items to mark the occasion.
The big contests pit nation against nation, friend against friend and brother against brother
From the earliest variations of existing events to competitions that can hardly be considered athletic, some former Olympic sports left us scratching our heads.
Forget the uproar over the fact that the American opening ceremonies outfits were made in China, the real scandal might just be how unfashionable some of the official outfits are. Here’s our take on this year’s crop from around the world.
Some Olympians bring home more than just a medal. TIME uncovers some love stories of Olympic proportions
On Tuesday, Ralph Lauren unveiled its opening ceremony uniforms for the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams—a collaboration that begin with the Beijing Games in 2008. TIME looks at the naval-themed collection, along with the …