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Oscar Pistorius: Another Athletic Hero Falls From Grace

February 21, 2013

The double-amputee Olympian insists he shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp accidentally. But prosecutors have presented a very different version of events.

Interview

The Douglases: Two Olympic Trailblazers, 64 Years Apart

February 16, 2013

The oldest living African American to win an Olympic medal is Herb Douglas, and the youngest African American to win an Olympic medal is Gabby Douglas. The former is 90. The latter is 17. Both Herb and Gabby Douglas joined Bill Littlefield.

Interview

After Olympic Gold, Missy Franklin Swims Against High School Freshmen

January 19, 2013

Most Olympic gold medal swimmers turn pro and lose the opportunity to compete for their high schools. 17-year-old American Missy Franklin is the exception to that rule. Bill Littlefield spoke with The Wall Street Journal’s Stu Woo about Franklin’s latest endeavors.

Interview

Paralympic Games Take Over London’s Venues

September 01, 2012

When the Olympics end, the Paralympics begin. The Guardian’s Owen Gibson joins Bill Littlefield to talk about the growth of the Paralympic Games and their unprecedented popularity in the U.K.

Commentary

The Olympics, Revisited

August 15, 2012

Bill Littlefield says the good old city of London handled the challenge of the Games with ease and grace.

Boston Breakers’ O’Reilly Wins Gold With U.S. Women's Soccer Team, Coach Calls Her Everyday Energy ‘Electric’

August 14, 2012

Hope Solo, Abby Wambach and Meghan Rapinoe have recently become household names in the women’s soccer world. Heather O’Reilly, a 27-year-old New Jersey native, three-time Olympic Gold medalist and Boston Breakers midfielder, can be added to that list.

Interview

U.S. Olympic Men’s Boxing Punched Out

August 11, 2012

For the first time in history, the U.S. men’s Olympic boxing team failed to medal at the Games. How did that happen? How can the program turn thingsaround? Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix explains the missteps and offers solutions.

In Depth

Bringing The Mile Back To Track

August 11, 2012

The mile used to be a hallowed distance in track and field, but changes in the sport have all but negated its value, even in the U.S., a metric system holdout. Todd Bookman reports on a group trying to bring the mile back to track.

Feature

Sounds Of The U.S. – Japan Gold Medal Soccer Match

August 11, 2012

The American women took the gold in Olympic soccer this week, beating Japan in a rematch of last summer’s World Cup final. Only A Game captured the sounds of the lively atmosphere around London’s Wembley Stadium.

In The News

2012 Olympics: Many Memorable Moments

August 11, 2012

The Olympics always generate iconic moments. Guest host Karen Given reviews some of the most memorable scenes from the London Games.

Drama Marks Historic Day At The Olympics

August 10, 2012

It’s been an incredible 14 days in London. We look at some of the top performances from the USA women’s soccer team to Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and Kenyan runner David Rushida. Plus, a look at swimmer Michael Phelps and decathlete Aston Eaton.

Kenya’s Late Sammy Wanjiru Casts Shadow Over Men’s Marathon

August 10, 2012

The men’s marathon wraps up the Olympics on Sunday. Here & Now’s Alex Ashlock writes about the contenders, and how the late Kenyan runner Sammy Wanjiru’s 2008 record win is pushing athletes to new levels.

Needham Celebrating Gymnastics Gold Again

August 07, 2012

NEEDHAM, Mass. — Try as some residents might, Needham is having a hard time avoiding the latest from London. Their Olympic gymnast, Aly Raisman, won gold Tuesday for her floor routine and a bronze medal on the balance beam.

Duxbury Native Continues Father’s Legacy Of Olympic Rowing

August 07, 2012

After playing lacrosse in high school, 28-year-old Miller entered university not really expecting to join the crew team, but was recruited and accepted the challenge. The son of 1972 rowing Olympian William Miller, Miller and his teammates finished seconds shy of winning third place in the 2012 Summer Games in London.

What Happens To Olympic Stadiums After The Games?

August 07, 2012

After the 2012 Summer Games are over, officials say they want to reduce the size of the Olympic Stadium. What typically happens to Olympic Stadiums after they exit the world stage? See our slideshow of famous Olympic Stadiums.

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