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London 2012: The Summer Olympics
5:29 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Medalist Claressa Shields Gets A Hero's Welcome

Olympian Claressa Shields visits the USA House in London before leaving for her home in Flint, Mich. Shields was greeted by a marching band and a motorcycle escort in her hometown.
Joe Scarnici Getty Images for USOC

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 1:07 pm

Hundreds gathered in Flint, Mich., Tuesday, to celebrate the return home of Olympian Claressa Shields. At 17, Shields became the first U.S. woman ever — and the only American this summer — to win a gold medal in boxing.

In a rare moment of joy, Flint greeted the high school student with a marching band and a motorcycle escort.

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London 2012: The Summer Olympics
4:53 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Doping Can Catch Up To Olympians Eight Years Later

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 1:07 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Hours after the Olympic torch was extinguished in London, came news of the first medalist to be stripped of a medal for doping. The shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk, of Belarus, was stripped of her gold medal after she tested positive for an anabolic steroid. Earlier this month, another athlete from Belarus - a world champion hammer thrower - was sent home after a retest of his samples from the 2004 Olympics yielded a positive result.

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The Torch
7:10 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

The Torch Is Out: Olympic Moments Will Burn On

Three photos show the Olympic flame slowly extinguishing at London's Olympic Stadium, as the London 2012 Games come to an end. The next Summer Olympics will be in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Damien Meyer AFP/Getty Images

It's time to extinguish The Torch, and end NPR's three-week marathon of Olympic coverage. From the London Games' opening ceremony through 302 medal events, these Summer Olympics have fed fans a rich diet of history and spectacle. I only wish I'd been able to eat it all — but part of the Olympics' allure is that its smorgasbord is over-stuffed with intense competition.

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The Torch
5:51 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

London 2012 Games Set A Viewership Record, At 219.4 Million

It's nearly time to extinguish The Torch, and end NPR's little marathon of Olympic coverage. Before we do, we must note that the games have now become the most-watched television event in U.S. history, with a total of 219.4 viewers over 17 days of coverage.

Those high ratings push the London Games past Beijing 2008, which held the previous record of 215 million viewers. The number seems to include only NBC's TV audience, not mobile or online.

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The Torch
4:56 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Gabby Douglas Gets One More Gold, For Winning Facebook Fans

Gabby Douglas sits in the Olympic Media Lounge at Westfield Stratford City in London. During the Olympics, Douglas' Facebook fanbase grew by nearly 4,000 percent.
Alex Grimm Getty Images for adidas

They've been called the first "Social Games" — and the London Summer Olympics have delivered on that promise, making social stars out of athletes like gymnast Gabby Douglas, who saw her Facebook fanbase grow by nearly 4,000 percent during the games.

Gymnasts Marcel Nguyen and Jordyn Wieber were also among the big winners on Facebook, according to a research firm that tracked athletes' fan numbers during the games.

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London 2012: The Summer Olympics
4:50 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

After Olympics, London Sees Exodus Of Thousands

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 6:09 pm

The well-staged London Olympics have drawn to a close and on Monday, thousands of fans made their way to airports for the flight home.

The Torch
3:33 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Winners And Losers From London's Summer Olympics, 'The Crying Games'

Sir Chris Hoy of Great Britain cries as he celebrates winning the men's keirin track cycling final. In shedding Olympic tears, Hoy was far from alone in Britain.
Pascal Le Segretain Getty Images

The London 2012 Olympics were billed as the Social Games, with Twitter, Facebook and other services making it an immersive experience. But it might be remembered as "The Crying Games," for the swelling of emotions many Britons experienced. We run down some of the Olympics' winners and losers:

The Losers

The Stiff Upper Lip

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The Torch
1:33 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Olympics Closing Ceremony: Both Well-Received And Anger-Inducing

Fireworks explode at London's Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony of the Summer Olympics. The gala has gotten good reviews — with the exception of those troubled by NBC's presentation.
Thomas Coex AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 5:09 pm

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The Torch
10:32 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Michael Phelps Exits The Olympics, And Enters Retirement At 27

Phelps dives into the pool for his last Olympic race. He says that his plans for post-Olympic life include finally seeing the cities he's competed in.
Al Bello Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 10:36 am

When Michael Phelps came to London for the 2012 Summer Games, he had 14 Olympic gold medals. He's leaving with 18 and a record 22 overall. And now he's retiring at 27, leaving the sport in which he always said he wanted to do things that had never been done before.

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The Torch
5:25 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

'Mobot' Day: Track Relays, Volleyball And More Results

Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates his relay team's world record by doing the "mobot" move, made famous by Mo Farah of Britain. Bolt crossed the finish line in front of Ryan Bailey of the United States.
Mike Hewitt Getty Images

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 10:45 pm

On the last full day of competition in the 2012 Summer Olympics, the athletes are competing in 32 medal events. Many of these athletes are pretty darn fast — making it hard to keep tabs on them. So, here's a rundown of results from this afternoon's events, rolled up into one post:

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The Torch
4:16 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

America's Brigetta Barrett Brings Out Her Best, And Jumps To A Silver Medal

Brigetta Barrett competes in the women's high jump final Saturday in London's Olympic Stadium. She won the silver medal.
Stu Forster Getty Images

American Brigetta Barrett has won the silver medal in the women's high jump, setting a personal best of 2.03 meters (6 feet 8 inches) to eke out a spot on the podium between two Russian athletes: Anna Chicerova, who jumped 2.05, and Svetlana Shkolina, who tied Barrrett at 2.03 meters.

Barrett, 22, took the silver over Shkolina because she cleared the height on her second attempt, while the Russian managed it on her third try. Neither of them could clear 2.05 to match Chicerova, who came into the games as the reigning world champion.

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The Torch
3:35 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

Farah Wins His Second Gold Medal For Britain, In The 5,000m

Mo Farah of Great Britain celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win gold ahead of Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia and Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa of Kenya. Farah, who has become a celebrity in Britain, is the sixth man to win both the 5,000m and 10,000m distances at one Olympics.
Michael Steele Getty Images

British runner Mo Farah has won the men's 5,000 meters, sending Olympic Stadium into a frenzy. His time of 13:41.66 barely edged Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia. American Bernard Lagat came in fourth, while Galen Rupp finished seventh.

Farah is now the sixth man in Olympic history to have won both the 5,000m and 10,000m events at the same Summer Games. He emerged at the front of the pack 700 meters from the finish, and held on to stay ahead of Gebremeskel.

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The Torch
2:15 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

Mexico Devastates Brazil In Historic 2-1 Olympic Soccer Final

Oribe Peralta of Mexico celebrates scoring his second goal as Mexico beat Brazil, 2-1, to win Olympic gold medal in London's Wembley Stadium.
Michael Regan Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 4:18 pm

Mexico shocked Brazil in the Olympic men's soccer final, winning gold 2-1, in a game in which it never trailed. Mexico's Oribe Peralta scored just 29 seconds into the game, after pouncing on a turnover to scorch a ball that tracked low and bounced to elude goalkeeper Gabriel.

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The Torch
10:50 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Georgia Gould Wins Bronze Medal In Mountain Bike Cross-Country Race

France's gold medalist Julie Bresset (center), Germany's silver medalist Sabine Spitz (left) and U.S. bronze medalist Georgia Gould stand on the podium of the women's cycling cross-country mountain bike event in Benfleet, England.
Carl De Souza AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 12:25 pm

U.S. cyclist Georgia Gould has won bronze in the women's mountain bike cross-country race. The gold medal went to France's Julie Bresset, who led from the start. Sabine Spitz of Germany won silver, after a late spill caused her to lose contact with Bresset.

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The Torch
10:17 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Coming Up Saturday: Women's Basketball Final, Soccer, And More

On the penultimate day of the Olympics, an astounding 32 medal competitions will be decided today. Highlights include the men's soccer final, and women's basketball's gold medal game. Here's a quick rundown of events we'll be (trying to) watch:

Athletics

  • 2:00p Women's High Jump Final
  • 2:20p Men's Javelin Throw Final
  • 2:30p Men's 5000m Final
  • 3:00p Women's 800m Final
  • 3:25p Women's 4 x 400m Relay Final
  • 4:00p Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final
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