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Jan 10, 2018, 10:41am EST
  • January 31, 2019

    The surprising science of why ice is so slippery

    How ice skating works, according to physics and chemistry.

  • March 5, 2018

    The world’s top anti-doping scientist thinks we can end cheating in sports. Here’s why.

    "Biological passports" could end abuse of performance-enhancing drugs.

  • March 2, 2018

    How ski warfare created biathlon

    Skis + rifle = sport?

  • February 25, 2018

    Tonga’s oiled-up flag bearer competed at the 2018 Winter Olympics

    Pita Taufatofua, Tonga’s only Olympic athlete this year, is now a cross-country skier.

  • February 25, 2018

    North Korea wants to talk to the US. That’s a big deal.

    But don’t get too excited just yet.

  • February 25, 2018

    NBC’s Winter Olympics coverage was the best it’s been in years

    The network took its focus off human interest stories and put it back on the sports.

  • February 25, 2018

    Russia hacked the Olympics and tried to make it look like North Korea did it

    And the International Olympic Committee could reinstate Russia as soon as this week.

  • February 24, 2018

    Why Russian athletes are marching as “OARs” at the Winter Olympics closing ceremony

    "OAR" stands for "Olympic Athlete from Russia."

  • February 24, 2018

    2018 Winter Olympics closing ceremony: how to watch and what to expect

    The Pyeongchang Olympics will come to an end on February 25.

  • February 23, 2018

    A second Russian Olympian has failed a doping test

    The Olympic Committee might not consider the result as it weighs reinstating Russia at the closing ceremonies.

  • February 23, 2018

    Evgenia Medvedeva had a gold medal performance. Figure skating’s point system said otherwise. 

    Why it feels like Evgenia Medvedeva was robbed.

  • February 23, 2018

    Four athletes tested positive for doping. It happens more than you think.

    Athletes are using new technologies and exploiting gray areas in doping rules to boost their performance.

  • February 23, 2018

    Why (almost) no one wants to host the Olympics anymore

    The spectacular impracticality of putting on the party could cause hosting bids to vanish altogether.

  • February 22, 2018

    Why Russian figure skaters Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva are so hard to beat

    The best rivalry in women’s figure skating is between a jumping dynamo and a goth ballerina.

  • February 22, 2018

    Why people can’t stop shipping Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir

    Ice dance is about selling romance. Olympic gold medalists Virtue and Moir are brilliant marketers.

  • February 21, 2018

    A physicist reveals the secrets of human endurance

    A new book explains how our brains can hold our performance back, and how to get around it.

  • February 20, 2018

    North Korean officials abruptly canceled meeting with Mike Pence

    The secret sit-down was supposed to happen during the Olympics.

  • February 20, 2018

    A Russian athlete tested positive for a banned substance at the Olympics. Again.

    Russia’s efforts to improve its image at the Olympics are not going well.

  • February 19, 2018

    What the Olympics can teach us about a better kind of nationalism

    Orwell said international sports spawned "orgies of hatred." The Olympics prove him wrong.

  • February 18, 2018

    What Olympians actually eat

    Performance nutrition is now a critical part of athletes’ strategy to win.

  • February 16, 2018

    Winter Olympics 2018: what makes US figure skater Nathan Chen so dominant

    The "Quad King," explained.

  • February 16, 2018

    How Olympic gold medal favorite Nathan Chen skated his way to 17th place

    The American figure skater is so good that he often wins even when he’s not at his best. But even Chen has limits.

  • February 15, 2018

    Olympic figure skating jumps, explained (in GIFs)

    The difference between figure skating’s six jumps.

  • February 14, 2018

    Shaun White was sued for sexual harassment. NBC would rather not talk about it.

    White’s failure to address a sexual harassment lawsuit speaks to a larger Olympics issue.

  • February 14, 2018

    Figure skating scoring explained for people who don’t follow figure skating

    Or, why Adam Rippon lost to Russian Elvis.