The London Olympics Sap-o-Meter
Was this the sappiest Olympics ever? Did mom out-sap dream? The final results of our scientific study of NBC schmaltz.
That Was Amazing! Now What?The U.S. women’s soccer team just won gold to cap off a thrilling Olympic run. But will Abby Wambach, Hope Solo, and Alex Morgan have a league to play in?
The London Olympics Sap-o-MeterDreams crushed and dreams achieved as NBC’s sapologists zoom in on Lolo Jones and Aly Raisman
The London Olympics Sap-o-MeterNBC pours it on with a mom battling depression, the death of a beloved grandmother, and a thoughtful Grenadian.
Bolt Is BackWatch the world’s fastest man blow away the field in Slate’s interactive, stick-figure re-enactment of the men’s 100-meter dash.
Watch the Women’s 100-Meter FinalSlate’s interactive, stick-figure re-enactment of track and field’s showcase event.
The London Olympics Sap-o-MeterA champion rower with a heavy heart and Gabby Douglas’ big win send the sap soaring.
Is It OK To Love Gymnastics?Pondering the sport’s allure and darkness on the night of Gabby Douglas’ fantastic win in the women’s all-around.
The London Olympics Sap-o-MeterDreams from Danell Leyva’s father on a record-setting night of sap in London.
Shuttlecock and BullEight badminton players have been disqualified from the Olympics for tanking. Why were they trying to lose, and why is the sport so dirty?
Absolutely FabulousThe pure joy of watching the Fab Five, America’s greatest women’s gymnastics team.
"I Feel Bad 4 Our Fans That Have 2 Push Mute”What Hope Solo’s war of words with player-turned-broadcaster Brandi Chastain reveals about the state of women’s soccer.
What Olympians Looked Like 100 Years AgoPhotos of the sometimes scrawny, frequently mustachioed athletes from the 1912 Stockholm Games.
The London Olympics Sap-o-MeterJourneys on the track and dads on the beach on an overwhelmingly sweet night for NBC.
The Penises of the Icelandic Handball TeamThe sculpture they inspired and the controversy they touched off.
The London Olympics Sap-o-MeterNBC dabs its eyes as it says goodbye to Michael Phelps. Plus: Kerri Strug makes a dramatic, sappy return.
Michael Phelps' Last LapThe greatest swimmer ever shows the world and Ryan Lochte that the hardest worker doesn't always come in first.
When Sprinters Wore Baggy ShortsA look back at Olympic sprinters’ uniforms before they became tight and shiny.
Is There a Future for Women’s Boxing?The sport will make a huge splash in its Olympic debut, but where will the stars of the London Games go from there?
In Defense of DressageIt's incredibly time-consuming and expensive. It's also the most fulfilling thing I've ever done.
The London Olympics Sap-o-MeterEveryone (except Kyla Ross) cries about U.S. women’s gymnastics gold. Plus: Tim Daggett earns his second straight sappiest line of the day.
Unreasonable DoubtThere’s no evidence that Chinese swimming sensation Ye Shiwen is doping. So why is everyone insinuating she’s a cheat?
The London Olympics Sap-o-MeterNBC sheds tears and beams with pride at the pool. Plus: Tim Daggett unleashes the sappiest line yet in the Olympics.
The London Olympics Sap-o-MeterThe return of Slate’s scientific guide to the schmaltziness of NBC’s Olympics coverage.
Out of StepFemale gymnasts used to be fantastic dancers. How did the floor exercise get so graceless?