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Hard Lessons At the Olympics, Like The Metric System

As the Olympics have shown, participation in sports at this high level can teach discipline, perseverance and teamwork. But can the Olympics teach U.S. athletes to think in meters and kilos instead of feet and pounds?

Michael Phelps Exits The Olympics, And Enters Retirement At 27

Michael Phelps leaves London with 18 gold medals and a record 22 total medals. He says that his plans for life after the Olympics include visiting some of the cities he's competed in — but outside the bubble of swim meets, for a change.

On The Road To Olympic Gold, Kenyan Marathoners Fuel Up On Carbs

Kenya's winning marathoners mainly fill up on high-carb vegetarian dishes like ugali, a cornmeal mush, and githeri, boiled corn and kidney beans. It's a bland diet, but it seems to help them excel at middle- and long-distance running.

Saying Goodbye To The 2012 Olympic Games

Weekend Edition Sunday guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with NPR's Mike Pesca to get both the big and the not-so-big stories from the Olympics in its final weekend.

'Mobot' Day: Track Relays, Volleyball And More Results

On the last full day of competition in the 2012 Summer Olympics, the athletes are competing in 32 medal events. The news includes a record for the U.S. women's 4x400m relay team, and a silver medal for the U.S. men's 4x100m relay.

Feathers And Rubber Bands: A Golf Ball Story

Slice, hook, eagle, birdie, bogey, putt. Golf's top pros are in the final rounds of the 2012 PGA Championship this weekend in South Carolina, so let's take a look at the fascinating history of one fundamental piece of equipment.