I Just Won at the Olympics. Now What Am I Supposed to Do With My Hands?A comprehensive taxonomy of acceptable gold-medal-winning gestures.
Why Do Gymnasts Have Such Strange, Elaborate Hairdos?An investigation of 50 years of gymnastics hair trends.
The Savior of Gymnastics Dance Is a 16-Year-Old From New JerseyHow Laurie Hernandez can save the floor exercise from horrible pirouettes and herky-jerky poses.
Can Brazil Be Saved?Colossal corruption. Political chaos. The worst recession in its history. The Olympics won’t rescue the once-booming nation. But all is not lost.
Ralph Lauren’s Ties to the U.S. Olympic Team Must Be SeveredA conversation about Team USA’s outfits for the opening ceremony of the Rio Games.
Should Caster Semenya Be Allowed to Compete Against Women?Sex-verification policies in sports have more to do with politics than science. If researchers start studying the right things, that could change.
Skateboarding! Surfing! Sport Climbing! Also Baseball.A guide to all the new sports at the 2020 Olympic Games.
A Smear Campaign Against Russia’s Olympic HeroesHow Vladimir Putin will spin the country’s likely ban from the Rio Games.
Still Bitter After All These YearsTwo new films show that figure skating’s greatest scandal scarred its villain far more than its victim.
That Was ... CuriousRussia’s Adelina Sotnikova beat Yuna Kim to win figure skating gold. But did she really deserve to win?
From Single to Double to TripleThe evolution of the jump in women’s figure skating, from 1936 to 2014.
Is Russian Swimmer Yulia Efimova Really a Villain?A wag of the finger to the U.S. fans valorizing Lilly King’s self-righteousness.
No Tears, No Drama, No DoubtNBC’s usual anxiety-amping tricks were no match for the greatness of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team.
“I Definitely Cried a Lot”How NBC turned the most dominant performance in gymnastics history into a soap opera.
Everything You Need to Know About Gymnastics ScoringOr, why Simone Biles won’t get a perfect score in Rio.
A Journey Through National Trauma Via Cirque du Soleil–Style Performance ArtThe odd spectacle of the Rio Olympics’ austere, exuberant, didactic opening ceremony.
How Bela and Martha Karolyi Made America GreatA pair of Romanian defectors transformed U.S. women’s gymnastics with a system imported from the former Eastern bloc.
Destroyer of Souls, Earner of EndorsementsA maniac in the pool and adorable on land, Katie Ledecky is the prototype of an American Olympian starlet.
Which Sports Held in Rio’s Sewage-Contaminated Waters Present the Biggest Health Risk?Some have it better than others.
Gold, Silver, Bronze, LatexA history of condoms in the Olympic Village, from 8,500 in Seoul to 450,000 in Rio.
“They're Coming Right Into Your Arms to Cut the Throats of Your Sons and Women!”Match the lyrics to the country in Slate’s national anthem quiz.
Way to Go, Slovenia! Not So Hot, Team USA.Re-ranking the 2014 Winter Olympics medal table by population and GDP.
The Olympics Rage-o-MeterFlag-waving, poorly informed Americans are mad at NBC for not being patriotic enough.