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Aug. 12 2016 10:41 AMI Just Won at the Olympics. Now What Am I Supposed to Do With My Hands?A comprehensive taxonomy of acceptable gold-medal-winning gestures.
Aug. 10 2016 10:42 PMThe Greatest Gymnast of All TimeWhen Simone Biles grows up, she wants to be like Kohei Uchimura.
Aug. 9 2016 2:40 PMWhy Do Gymnasts Have Such Strange, Elaborate Hairdos?An investigation of 50 years of gymnastics hair trends.
Aug. 8 2016 2:37 PMThe 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.
Aug. 7 2016 6:00 PMCan 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.
Aug. 5 2016 12:54 PMRalph 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.
Aug. 5 2016 11:01 AMShould 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.
Aug. 4 2016 10:00 AMIn Defense of the OlympicsThey are horrible. I love them.
Aug. 3 2016 4:40 PMSkateboarding! Surfing! Sport Climbing! Also Baseball.A guide to all the new sports at the 2020 Olympic Games.
July 21 2016 12:15 PMA Smear Campaign Against Russia’s Olympic HeroesHow Vladimir Putin will spin the country’s likely ban from the Rio Games.
Feb. 24 2014 1:35 PMStill Bitter After All These YearsTwo new films show that figure skating’s greatest scandal scarred its villain far more than its victim.
Feb. 21 2014 7:44 PMWhy You Hate NBC's Olympics CoverageIt's reality TV masquerading as a sporting event.
Feb. 20 2014 8:29 PMThat Was ... CuriousRussia’s Adelina Sotnikova beat Yuna Kim to win figure skating gold. But did she really deserve to win?
Feb. 19 2014 12:32 PMFrom Single to Double to TripleThe evolution of the jump in women’s figure skating, from 1936 to 2014.
Feb. 17 2014 9:28 PMIce Dancing Is Not a SportBut it is quite a spectacle.
Aug. 11 2016 8:54 PMIs Russian Swimmer Yulia Efimova Really a Villain?A wag of the finger to the U.S. fans valorizing Lilly King’s self-righteousness.
Aug. 10 2016 1:20 AMNo Tears, No Drama, No DoubtNBC’s usual anxiety-amping tricks were no match for the greatness of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team.
Aug. 8 2016 4:04 PM“I Definitely Cried a Lot”How NBC turned the most dominant performance in gymnastics history into a soap opera.
Aug. 8 2016 10:44 AMEverything You Need to Know About Gymnastics ScoringOr, why Simone Biles won’t get a perfect score in Rio.
Aug. 6 2016 12:02 AMA Journey Through National Trauma Via Cirque du Soleil–Style Performance ArtThe odd spectacle of the Rio Olympics’ austere, exuberant, didactic opening ceremony.
Aug. 5 2016 11:11 AMHow 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.
Aug. 5 2016 9:29 AMDestroyer of Souls, Earner of EndorsementsA maniac in the pool and adorable on land, Katie Ledecky is the prototype of an American Olympian starlet.
Aug. 3 2016 5:30 PMIs It Possible to Fit All of Brazil’s Woes in a Single Article?We tried!
Aug. 2 2016 11:34 AMWhich Sports Held in Rio’s Sewage-Contaminated Waters Present the Biggest Health Risk?Some have it better than others.
May 23 2016 1:04 PMGold, Silver, Bronze, LatexA history of condoms in the Olympic Village, from 8,500 in Seoul to 450,000 in Rio.
Feb. 21 2014 11:44 PM“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.
Feb. 21 2014 7:36 PMSilver Medal FaceThe saddest-looking second-place finishers in Olympic history.
Feb. 19 2014 12:33 PMWay to Go, Slovenia! Not So Hot, Team USA.Re-ranking the 2014 Winter Olympics medal table by population and GDP.
Feb. 18 2014 1:03 PMThe Olympics Rage-o-MeterFlag-waving, poorly informed Americans are mad at NBC for not being patriotic enough.
Feb. 17 2014 12:43 PMThe Olympics Rage-o-MeterNBC makes Bode Miller cry, then presses on (and on and on) to make him cry some more.