The IOC Is Ruining the Olympics, But Rio Could Save Them

The International Olympic Committee is having a bad month. No one wants to host the 2022 Olympics. The organization's obnoxious public haranguing has turned Rio into a media circus. Its World Cup counterpart, FiFA, is being investigated for insane bribery allegations. And ultimately, the IOC has got no one to blame… » 6/06/14 2:20pm 6/06/14 2:20pm

Japanese Architects Are Uniting to Stop Tokyo's Heinous Olympic Stadium

We knew that a cadre of famed Japanese architects were... unhappy with Zaha Hadid's design for the 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. But we didn't quite realize how pissed they really are: A petition to stop the project, started by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tokyo Ito, already has nearly 14,000 signatures. » 5/15/14 1:40pm 5/15/14 1:40pm

Is Rio's Olympic Prep Really So Bad That London Might Host Instead?

A report from the Evening Standard makes a bonkers claim today: That London will be a backup if Rio can't get its act together for the Summer 2016 Olympics. The International Olympic Committee denies it. But that's a hell of a mixed message—just last week, an IOC Vice President said that Rio's preparations are "the… » 5/09/14 5:20pm 5/09/14 5:20pm

Rio's Olympic Construction Crews Are Unearthing Its Slave Trade Past

Rio is currently pouring its energy into building stadiums, housing, and roads to host the World Cup next summer and the Olympics in 2016. But in the process, the city is uncovering relics of its past—including evidence of its one-time reign as the busiest slave port in the Americas. » 3/09/14 11:01am 3/09/14 11:01am

The Inside Story of How Olympic Timekeeping Is So Amazingly Precise

Three one-thousandths of a second is less than 1/10th of a blink, less than 1/100th of a heartbeat. But if you're a speedskater, 0.003 seconds can be the difference between gold and silver. So how are Olympics timekeepers able to get such ridiculous precision and accuracy? For the inside scoop, we talked to Omega's… » 2/22/14 2:00pm 2/22/14 2:00pm

How Olympic Ice Skates Are Designed for Speed, Spins, and Swerves

Watching the world-class ice athletes of the Winter Olympics, whether it's in speed skating, figure skating or hockey, is a jaw-dropping affair. The speed, control, and dexterity they exhibit while somehow balancing on a metal blade is simply amazing. But what exactly is going on with those blades? Smarter Every Day's… » 2/22/14 10:00am 2/22/14 10:00am

Sensors Show Figure Skaters Absorb 8x Their Own Body Weight After Jumps

The endless impossibly early mornings heading to the rink for practice aren't the only things taking a toll on figure skaters. Researchers at Brigham Young University recently designed and built an unobtrusive skate sensor that can measure the impact when a figure skater lands a jump—and it turns out they're absorbing… » 2/20/14 10:20am 2/20/14 10:20am

What it looks like to go down a luge track at a blazing 80mph

Bumpy. Dangerously fast as hell. And it looks like the luger will careen off the course at any given moment.Doubles luger Matthew Mortenson put on a helmet cam on a ride down the luge track in Sochi to show us what it's like to go zooming down sloping slick ice on your back and while it looks like a fun roller coaster… » 2/14/14 9:01pm 2/14/14 9:01pm