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10 Things You May Not Know About the Winter Olympics

As the Sochi Winter Games enter their final days, explore 10 surprising facts about the Winter Olympics.

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The First Winter Olympics

As the XXII Winter Olympics open in Sochi, Russia, look back at the humble origins of the Winter Games 90 years ago.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Jesse Owens

On the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jesse Owens, learn 10 surprising facts about the Olympic track and field champion.

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This Year in History: 2012

As 2012 comes to an end, explore some of the year’s stories, as covered by History in the Headlines.

Ancient Olympics

5 Myths About the Ancient Olympics

Although shrouded in myth, the ancient Olympics were surprisingly similar to the modern Olympic Games.

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5 Sports That Haven’t Made It Into the Olympics (Yet)

They may have tons of fans and participants around the world, but these sports still aren’t part of the ultimate international competition.

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Shortcuts to the Gold: 9 Cheaters in Olympic History

Although Olympians pledge to celebrate “the true spirit of sportsmanship,” explore nine instances when athletes tried to deceive their way to the top.

Summer Olympics Facts

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Summer Olympics

As athletes from 205 countries gather for the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Games, explore 10 surprising facts about the Summer Olympics.

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5 Strange Olympic Sports You Won’t See at the 2012 London Games

As the 2012 Summer Olympic Games get underway in London, explore five bizarre Olympic sports that haven’t been seen since the early 20th century.

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Remembering the First U.S. Olympic Team

Author Jim Reisler answers questions about America’s first Olympic team, the subject of his recent book.

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The Olympic Torch Relay’s Surprising Origins

The ritual of the Olympic torch relay originated not in ancient Greece, but in Nazi Germany.