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Year Of The Woman At The London Games? For Americans, It's True

Every nation that sent a delegation to the London Games sent at least one female athlete — a first for the Olympics. This year's Team USA has more female than male athletes — and the women have won nearly twice as many medals as the men: 100 total medals, by my count, to 59 for the men.

Boxing Maths and Aftermaths: Why Similar Scores Are A Mean System

Olympic boxing seems to know that its scoring is weird, its fan base eroding, and its status as an Olympic sport is coming into question. They can address some of those problems by using stronger math to decide who wins close bouts.

Let's Catch Up: Taekwondo Setback, And A Spice Girls Sighting

The final weekend of the Summer Olympics is about to begin. In the medal count, the U.S. has jumped out to a 90-80 lead over China, with 39 golds to China's 37. And Russia has overtaken Great Britain, with 57 to the host nation's 54 medals.

Coming Up: Friday's Olympic Best Bets

Track and field will hold eight of today's 17 medal events, as the Summer Olympics moves into its final weekend. The U.S. men's basketball team plays to get into the gold medal game, and the day's highlights also include an intriguing men's soccer bronze-medal match between South Korea and Japan.
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Athletes Bring Lucky Charms — And Superstition — To Field

Olympic athletes — and athletes of all stripes — have their share of superstitions. But while they may put those athletes in the right mental space, sports psychologists say there's no substitute for practice, practice, practice.


Tiny Island Nation Finds Olympic Pride In Weightlifter

Nauru, the smallest nation at the Olympics, did itself proud in weight lifting. Itte Detenamo was one of two competitors from his country and finished fourteenth in his category.