It has relied on a massive – and expensive – sports system to dominate the Beijing Games's gold-medal count.
Its dominance at the Beijing Games’ gold-medal table relied on a massive centralized sports system.
Shifting political winds may explain the lack of awareness about Chiu Teng Hiok, who helped the British shine in basketball at the 1924 Paris Games.
Why does China crush opponents in diving? How does South Korea do so well in archery? Excellence in an Olympic sport can be a result of traditions or serendipity.
Almost 300,000 migrant workers who constructed Olympics sites and infrastructure were driven out of Beijing before the Games. Now, some are returning to the Bird’s Nest to enjoy their handiwork.
Gold medalist Nastia Liukin’s father is also her coach. It’s a delicate balance they’ve worked out over years.
US men’s basketball is trying to fix its image (and win) by putting teamwork before ego. Quarterfinals start Wednesday.
Tourism has been hurt by visa controls, high prices, and unrest in Tibet.
Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang withdrew from competition today in a huge blow to the host nation. But many athletes say such disappointments spur dedication – and successful comebacks.
‘Protest pens’ have been empty. Those who have sought permission to demonstrate have been detained or harassed.