Wilma Rudolph made history as a Black woman athlete at the 1960 Rome Olympics, becoming the first American woman to win three gold medals at one Olympics.
The Minnesota Vikings once drafted Dave Winfield … who hadn’t played football since childhood.
While Geena Davis might be best known for her films, there’s one role she narrowly missed out on: Olympic archer.
Birds do it, bees do it, even Olympic athletes performing near-superhuman feats do it—so Olympic organizers like to make sure they do it safely.
Nathan Chen won gold against a backdrop of Elton John songs. But who shelled out for the music license?
Olympic curling stones are pretty self-policing—here's what those green and red lights can tell you.
Racism shut her out of competitive figure skating, but Mabel Fairbanks made her mark on the sport anyway.
Freeskiers have been making their own rules since the inception of their sport. Here’s the skinny on why some choose to forgo the poles.
Skiers and snowboarders have to contend with sun and snow—speed skaters don’t. So what are their glasses for?
It’s kinesiology tape, usually used to relieve muscle pain. But Olympic athletes co-opted it for another purpose.
Figure skaters have the same neurological processes that cause dizziness in the rest of us. Here’s how they counteract them.
Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu probably has enough plush Winnie the Poohs to open a store. But he’s not the only skater who gets stuffed animals—here’s why.
Here are 10 trailblazing Black athletes who, despite the odds, made history at the Winter Olympic Games.
Months after the Norwegian women’s beach handball team protested the bikini mandate, the International Handball Federation has updated its rules.
Maria Andrejczyk earned her first-ever Olympic medal this summer after battling back from bone cancer. She immediately sold it in order to help an 8-month-old in need.
When Olympic equestrians pictured going for the gold, they probably didn’t expect a sumo wrestler’s ample backside to get in the way.
Volleyball doesn’t have goalkeepers, but it does have liberos—and the rules are a little different for them.
It’s especially impressive if an Olympic runner wins a gold medal from lane 8 or lane 1. But is it really about the lane?
Thanks to shooter Alessandra Perilli, San Marino knocked Liechtenstein off a very specific—and very tiny—Olympic throne.
When Tom Daley heads to the showers post-dive, the diving pool gets a little shower of its own. Here’s why.
Renowned landscape architect Charles Downing Lay beat the odds to become a champion town planner at the 1936 Games in Berlin.
LeBron James’s last Olympic basketball appearance was back in 2012. But he and his fellow NBA players have good reasons for skipping the Games.