Olympics

A 2016 Olympic Aquatic Event Site Has 195 Times the Safe Amount of Sewage in the Water

Athletes and civilians alike are worried about contracting diseases in Brazil's feces-laden bay.

Rio's Relentless Beach Pollution

Nearly 70 percent of the city's sewage spills, untreated, into the Atlantic Ocean and Guanabara Bay.

Revisiting Russia's Last Opening Ceremony

Boycotts, a bear mascot, and a powerful head of state. Some things don't change.

Here Come the Cossacks

Russia's unarmed, heavily costumed guards may look intimidating, but their actual power is pretty limited.

Meet the People Trying To Save Sochi's Stray Dogs

Animal activists estimate that thousands of dogs have been killed under the government's Olympics-motivated crackdown.

The Many Palm Trees of This Year's Winter Olympics

Tropical flora is all over the coastal parts of Sochi, and visitors are taking notice.

Don't Worry Canada, Everyone Has a Tiny Bed in Sochi

Canadians are not impressed with their hockey team's accommodations.

Sochi's Media Village Isn't Ready Yet

Days from the opening ceremonies, constructions crews are still at work on hotels, shops, and sidewalks.

Mexico's Olympic 'Ski Team' Is One Guy in a Mariachi Suit

Examining the historical wardrobe choices of the nutty Mexican skier Hubertus von Hohenlohe.

Russia Ramps Up Security for the Winter Olympics

The country is deploying 50,000 soldiers and police for the Games.

There Are No Gay People in Sochi, Says the Mayor of Sochi

"I am not sure, but I don't bloody know them."

'Like the Florida of Russia, but Cheaper'

A fascinating new book offers an inside glimpse of Sochi, which will host the Winter Olympics in February.

The Sochi Olympics Are Already Making Life Worse for Locals

Residents say construction for the Winter Games has led to damaged homes, dry wells and forced evictions.

Moscow Introduces a Rather Unusual Way to Pay for the Subway: Squats

Thirty can win you one free subway ticket.

The Sochi Olympic Torch Was Just Launched Into Space

It's the longest torch relay in history.

When an Olympic City Becomes a War Zone

Sarajevo's 1984 facilities became battlegrounds of the Bosnian War. Though scars remain, some are showing new signs of life.

Japan's Scaled-Down Olympics

Officials are already cutting bells and whistles from Zaha Hadid's bold stadium proposal to avoid runaway costs.

One Japanese Man on Being Evicted for the Olympics Twice in One Lifetime: 'I Have a Kind of Grudge'

Tokyo's National Olympic Stadium is being rebuilt and expanded. That means Kohei Jinno, who lives one block away, will have to move. Again.

All You Really Need to Know About the 2020 Summer Olympics Bids

A cheatsheet on which city might be chosen as the next future host of the Summer Olympics—Tokyo, Madrid, or Istanbul.