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The Number Games: Answers

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Throughout the London 2012 Olympics we've asked you various questions, ranging from hours in traffic to the cost of a bottle of water. As we compile your answers, we'll be displaying them here.

HIGHS AND LOWS

Judo Olympian Booted For Pot

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American ate a baked good with the drug.

Oops. American judo Olympian Nick Delpopolo was disqualified from the games after testing positive for THC. The 23-year-old said that the trace amounts of marijuana were caused by some food he ate before leaving for the Olympics. Apparently, Delpopolo failed to realize that said item of food was “baked” with weed. He finished seventh in his judo event, leading us to believe that pot is not a performance enhancing drug.

Read it at NPR

Olympics

Saudi Arabia's Gender Apartheid

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Far from revered, the Kingdom’s first female athletes are ignored or insulted at home, writes Qanta Ahmed.

Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani returns to Saudi Arabia as the first woman to represent the Kingdom in judo, but while her participation has been celebrated globally the domestic reaction to her accomplishment has ranged from lukewarm to openly hostile. Her father, a judo referee who said he wanted his daughter to make "new history for Saudi's women," is reportedly incensed at conservative Saudis who showered her with racial slurs on Twitter and called her a “prostitute” for participating.

EPIC

Women Boxers Make History

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Competing in Olympics for the first time.

Boxing was the last all-male Olympic sport, but no longer. On Sunday night, twelve boxing matches made history as women competed in the event for the first time. The International Boxing Association approved of women's boxing as a Olympic sport in 2009, and 36 female boxers are now competing in this year’s Games. “Women have been waiting, waiting, waiting, for the day women’s boxing will be included in the Olympics,” said Indian boxer Mary Kom.

Read it at The New York Times

Speed

Usain Bolt Wins Gold in 100m

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In second fastest time ever.

Usain Bolt defied doubters to win gold in the men’s 100 meters on Sunday. Bolt finished the race in an Olympic record of 9.63 seconds, the second fastest time ever behind the 9.58 seconds he ran in 2009. Yohan Blake, Bolt’s Jamaican training partner, won silver with a time of 9.75 seconds. The victory made Bolt, who also won in 2008, the first man to win repeat gold medals in the 100 meters on the track. Later in the games, Bolt will attempt to become the first man repeat wins in both the 100 and 200 meters.

Read it at The New York Times

CENTENNIAL

The Most Wonderful Athlete

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While the crowds cheer Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin, let’s take a moment to remember perhaps the greatest all around American athlete ever, Jim Thorpe. His biographer Kate Buford tells his story, the scandal over his Olympic records, and the fight over his body.

Who is Jim Thorpe?Men of a certain age are struck dumb for a couple of beats by the question. Then they sputter, “Jim Thorpe!” As if the greatest multi-sport athlete of modern time was, simply, God. A younger group—male and female, post Title IX—know about him because, universally, they have each once written a sixth-grade book report on “Jim Thorpe—Native American Athlete.” A third demographic looks blank: “Jim who?”Monday, July 15, 1912, was the last day of the Fifth Olympiad in Stockholm.

Flashback

An Olympic Détente

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In the chill of the Cold War, the 1972 U.S. basketball team went up against the U.S.S.R.—and was cheated out of a gold medal. Former representative Tom McMillen, who was on the team, offers a peace plan.

Nearly 40 years ago, shortly after midnight on Sept. 10, 1972, the U.S. men’s basketball team, of which I was a member, took the floor in a sports hall in Munich to play the Soviet Union for the gold medal in the Olympics, a game that would be broadcast worldwide. Everyone in the Olympic Village had witnessed the horrifying events that had played out just five days earlier—the hostage-taking of Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists in which two Israelis were killed.

OLYMPICS

Phelps: ‘I’ve Done Everything I Wanted’

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Ends swimming career with another gold.

Eighteen gold medals later, Michael Phelps retired from competitive swimming on Saturday after one last race. The American team won gold in the men’s 400-meter medley relay for Phelps’s final Olympic event, and the crowd rose in a standing ovation. “I couldn’t ask to finish on a better note,” Phelps said. “I have done everything I wanted to do. I am very happy.” He was presented with a lifetime-achievement award to add to his collection of a record-breaking 22 total medals, with four golds from the London 2012 Games, not to mention a personal Tweet from Barack Obama.

Read it at Chicago Tribune

DASHING

How Usain Bolt Will Break Records

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Will the fastest man in the world be able to top his time-stopping performance in the 100m final Sunday? Scientist John Barrow, author of Mathletics, not only says it’s probable—but the Jamaican can do it without having to even run any faster.

Usain Bolt is the best human sprinter there has ever been. Yet, few would have guessed that he would run so fast over 100m after he started out running the 400m and 200m races when in his mid teens. His coach decided to shift him down to running the 100m one season so as to improve his basic sprinting speed.No one expected him to shine there. Surely he is too big to be a 100m sprinter? How wrong they were. Instead of shaving the occasional hundredth of a second off the world record, he took big chunks out of it, first reducing Asafa Powell’s time of 9.

BALLS OF FURY

The Tao of Ping Pong

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China dominates competitive table tennis, but champion player Marty Reisman says it's American rec-room ping pong that has elevated the culture of the sport to something truly great.

Table tennis fans and those enthralled with the London games don’t know if the next time we’ll hear about American Olympic star Ariel Hsing playing table tennis will be in the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro or in a college dorm. Either one will be acceptable to the American public, which has shifted its love of ping pong from high-level competition to the social aspect of the world’s most-played sport.Table tennis has seen a renaissance of popularity over the last 20 years, but the sport remains divided.

TMI

Lochte: I Pee in the Pool

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Water didn’t turn purple.

Leave it to Ryan Seacrest to ask the question that’s been on all viewers’ minds since the London Olympics began: Do the swimmers pee in the pool? At least one does, and is admitting to it. “I sure did in warm-up,” five-time medal-winner Ryan Lochte told Seacrest Friday. “I think there’s just something about getting into chlorine water that you just automatically go.”

Read it at Sports Illustrated

FIGHT CLUB

A Barrier Broken

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Wojdan Shahrkhani lost her first judo match in just over a minute. But just by competing, she radiated joy as the first woman to represent Saudi Arabia in the Olympics.

In just over a minute yesterday, Saudi judo player Wojdan Shahrkhani lost in her Olympic debut. But in doing so, she joined the winner’s circle by breaking a Saudi government-imposed barrier that previously prevented women from competing in the Olympics. Perhaps as important, her participation disproved the common assumption in the diplomatic community that the Saudi government does not respond to international pressure when it comes to advancing women's rights.

END OF AN ERA

Phelps Wins 17th Gold

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In last individual Olympic race.

Michael Phelps swam the last individual race of his Olympic career on Friday in London, and finished in typical Phelpsian fashion: with a gold medal. The record-breaking swimmer won the 100 meter butterfly, scoring his 17th gold and 21st overall medal. Just like his nail-biting 100m butterfly swims in Beijing and Athens, it was a dramatic victory. He was next to last at the turn, but put up a furiously fast second 50 meters to beat out South Africa’s Chad le Clos and Russia’s Evgeny Korotyshkin, who tied for silver. Phelps’s final Olympic swim will be as a member of Saturday’s 4x100 medley relay team. Meanwhile, American Missy Franklin set a world record in the 200 meter backstroke and won her third gold medal of the games.

Read it at The New York Times

Young Love!!

Get a Room! Kate and William's Olympic PDA

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Wow!

This is totally unprecedented. The British royals may have a reputation for being the most uptight, un-emotionally forthcoming family in the world, but now that's going to have to be re-thought.Because William threw his arms around his gorgeous wife yesterday as they watched the British cycling team win a gold medal, in the midst of a jubilant crowd at the Velodrome.The two have been looking extremely lovey-dovey throughout the Olympics, but this is a whole new side of the Royal family.

Fantasy Island

The Olympics—or Soft Porn?

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From Ryan Lochte to Tom Daley, the Web is awash with lascivious pictures of the men of the London Games. Did ‘Magic Mike’ set the stage for the worldwide gawkfest?

They don’t call it the XXX Olympics for nothing.They are everywhere on television: dripping wet, heavy-breathing, half-naked men. No, this isn’t a gay-porn channel—it’s just the men’s swimming competition during the Summer Olympics. Ripped, tanned men seemingly carved out of marble are making women and gay men happy—very happy—during these Olympics, spurring Internet memes and social-media buzz. It’s like the Channing Tatum male-stripper movie Magic Mike got a sequel—a very (thankfully) long sequel—one that’s also preciously short on plot but long on beefcake.

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