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Nov 30, 2012 — In London last summer fans were shocked as some players played to lose in order to get an easier opponent in later matches. The sport's ruling body is changing the format for upcoming Olympics to hopefully prevent that from happening again.
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Aug 29, 2012 — More than 4,000 athletes from 147 countries will compete in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, where the opening ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m. ET today. The U.S. contingent of 227 athletes includes 133 men and 94 women. Of the American Paralympians, 20 are U.S. military veterans.
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Aug 9, 2012 — We've put together an infographic that explores how athletes' bodies have changed over the last century. Those physiques are shaped by years of training — and by the laws of physics.
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Aug 7, 2012 — Said to ease pain and treat muscle injuries, brightly colored Kinesio tape is all over the Olympics, from the track to the diving platform. Some athletes say it's superior to other tape for recovery and performance, but the research on it doesn't always agree.
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Jul 31, 2012 — Guy Adams of The Independent was among many contributing to the #NBCFail trending topic. Twitter suspended his account after he posted an NBC executive's email address. Adams says he didn't post private information, just something that was already public.
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Jul 27, 2012 — The opening ceremony, with — we hear — a song from Sir Paul McCartney, farm animals and "helmeted cyclists wearing giant silvery-blue flapping wings" — is to start around 3 p.m. ET. In the U.S., NBC will air a tape of the ceremony at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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Jul 26, 2012 — Mitt Romney's big foreign trip got off to a shaky start. Among several missteps, the Republican presidential candidate upset his British host by raising doubts about whether the London Olympics would be a success.
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Jul 25, 2012 — Olympic athletes need anywhere from 1,200 to 8,000 calories before competition. While some endurance athletes like runners and cyclists have to load carbohydrates, others, like wrestlers, restrict what they eat so they can make their weight class.
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Jul 19, 2012 — The defending gold medalist, said the decision to bow out was one of the "saddest days" of his career.
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Jul 16, 2012 — Many top athletes are rejecting the processed drinks and gels companies are squarely aiming at them. Instead, they rely on old fashioned water and healthy food to rehydrate and replenish nutrients.
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