August 20, 2008 Like two sprinters leaving the rest of the field behind, the United States and China are neck-and-neck in total medals at the Summer Olympics in Beijing. But China leads the U.S. in gold medals by a wide margin.
August 19, 2008 We are entering the age of the global Olympian. The practice of athletes and coaches representing countries other than their native ones dates back years, but the number of medal-seeking mercenaries is rising rapidly.
August 19, 2008 The 11th day of the Olympic Games in Beijing saw Americans take gold medals with individual displays of strength, skill and strategy, while U.S. teams advanced toward their final rounds. U.S. gymnast Shawn Johnson captured her first gold on the balance beam.
August 18, 2008 For a moment, it seemed as if the rest of the Beijing Olympics would be an anti-climax, as Michael Phelps celebrated his eighth gold swimming medal, but Day 10 of the competition began with new dramas. The U.S. led China in total medals, but the host country held nearly twice as many golds.
August 18, 2008 China's single greatest hope for the Olympics is over. The highlight of the games was supposed to be hurdler Liu Xiang defending his gold medal on home soil. But Liu suddenly dropped out of the qualifying heats after an injury. His surprise exit left fans stunned and tearful.
August 17, 2008 There are certain terms in the sports world that just inspire awe: the hole in one, the no hitter, the perfect 10. Now you can forget about the perfect 10 — at least when it comes to Olympic gymnastics. The score that propelled Nadia Comaneci and Mary Lou Retton to fame is gone — replaced by a new system that scores most gymnasts between a 14 and a 17.
August 17, 2008 American Michael Phelps fulfills an improbable quest with a gold medal finish in his 8th race in Beijing. Phelps now has more gold medals in a single Olympics than any other athlete ever, and some are calling him history's greatest Olympian.