Olympics

Deceptive Cadence
2:44 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

A Know-It-All's Guide To Olympic Music

Among all things official at the Olympics, like the flag, is music composed for the opening and closing ceremonies.
Tony Duffy Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 5:24 pm

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The Torch
11:43 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Many Muslim Olympians Get A Break On Ramadan Fasting

Britain's Abdul Buhari competes in the discus at the European Athletics Championships last month. With the Olympics coinciding with Ramadan, Buhari and many other Muslim athletes are postponing their fasting until after their events.
Ian Walton Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 7:39 am

Hundreds of Muslim athletes are participating in the London Olympics, which officially begin Friday. But along with travel and other logistics, they're also adjusting to Ramadan, the holy month that requires them to fast.

Many athletes say they'll forego the ban on consuming food and drink, as Barbara Bradley Hagerty reports on Morning Edition. The daylong fast is a threat to a strong performance — and their hopes of bringing pride to their nation, they say.

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Planet Money
9:51 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Olympic Economics, The Pre-Games Show

The 2012 Olympic Games in London are expected to cost £9.3 billion ($14.5 billion).
FABRICE COFFRINI AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 24, 2012 10:35 am

The 2012 Summer Olympics in London starts in four days with the carefully choreographed opening ceremony. But a related spectator sport is already well underway: Dissecting the economic impact of the games.

A show we did in February looked at how big an economic boost cities really get from hosting the Superbowl, and much of the same analysis is being applied to this year's games.

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London 2012: The Summer Olympics
4:17 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Tug Of War, Bike Polo Among Retired Olympic Events

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 7:41 pm

Tug of war, bicycle polo and pigeon shooting share the common trait of being one-time, but now discontinued Olympic events. Robert Siegel talks with David Goldblatt, co-author of How to Watch the Olympics, about the sports you will not see if you tune in to this summer's Olympic games.

Olympics
1:49 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Beethoven Launches the Olympics

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Live from London: Daniel Barenboim Conducts Beethoven's Ninth to Launch the 2012 Olympics!

Listen in HD on Friday, July 27 at noon over Classical 88.7-1.

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Olympics
11:56 am
Fri July 20, 2012

London Calling: Special Live Olympic Coverage

World Have Your Say with Ros Atkins, will feature Olympic coverage each afternoon from 4-5 pm on World Radio 89.5-3, beginning July 28.

The program will originate live from Olympics venues across London including the houses hosting athletes and their families; the Olympic Campsite and competition sites. London Calling: WHYS will be a lighter look at the big talking points that are the result of the day's action, bringing you the excitement of London live, and will bring together the fans and the athletes from around the world.

Olympics
11:40 am
Fri July 20, 2012

NPR's Olympic Coverage

The games of the 30th Olympiad are set to start in London on Friday, July 27, and NPR will be there in force. Tom Goldman and Howard Berkes, who have covered ten and eight Olympic games respectively, will be joined by Olympic newbie Mike Pesca. Phil Reeves will be the man about town, covering security and all that's happening outside the gates. And Vickie Walton-James, NPR's Deputy National Editor, will be there editing, coordinating, blogging and trying to catch a glimpse of (maybe) the world's fastest man-Usain Bolt.

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Olympics
11:26 am
Fri July 20, 2012

For Olympic Committee, Marketing Is No Game

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[NPR] One record expected to be broken at the London Summer Olympics is the size of its audience — an expected 4 billion people. For advertisers, that's a golden opportunity. But there are also strict rules about who can use the Olympics to promote their products.

One of those rules is known as the "blackout," a period starting Wednesday in which athletes competing in the games may not appear in any advertising by companies that are not official Olympic sponsors.

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Olympics
11:20 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Grumbling, Excitement Build For London Olympics

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[NPR] The last time the British did this, they had a king: George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth, was on the throne.

George was so often tongue-tied, yet he proclaimed open the 1948 London Olympics flawlessly.

It was late July. The sun shone down on London from a cloudless sky. The BBC had acquired the TV broadcasting rights for just $4,000 and made the most of them.

People packed Wembley Stadium, eager to forget the horrors of the second world war.

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London 2012: The Summer Olympics
2:35 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Olympians' Dilemma: 'Starve My Soul' For Ramadan?

Mohammed Ahmed runs at the NCAA championships in June in Des Moines, Iowa. He's representing Canada at the Olympics and had to decide whether to fast for Ramadan this year.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 7:12 am

Mazen Aziz, representing Egypt in the 2012 Summer Olympics, has trained for the 10,000-meter, open-water swim for years. It's a grueling race that can take upwards of 1 hour and 45 minutes, depending on the waves, current or water temperature.

But Aziz is Muslim, and with the Olympics falling during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the 22-year-old athlete had to make a choice: be in top physical condition or maintain a primary tenet of his faith.

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