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Medal Favorites in Curling at the 2010 Winter Olympics

Curling is a sport that's gaining in popularity around the country and, in fact, American teams are often among the medal favorites in the Winter Olympics. These are the teams that stand out as medal hopefuls [more…]

The Top Figure Skaters at the 2010 Winter Olympics

Figure skating is always one of the most popular events at the Winter Olympics. Picking out the figure skating medal favorites from the field of hopefuls can be a challenge. But with new judging requirements [more…]

How to Set Up Your Triathlon Transition Area

Transitions are an important part of any triathlon, and how well you prepare for them and practice going from swimming to biking to running can help you cut minutes from your overall time. Follow these [more…]

Triathlon Types and Distances

All triathlons are not created equal. Races are broken down into four basic distances, with courses and culture making each one a unique challenge. The following list shows approximate guidelines for the [more…]

Triathlon Training Time Requirements

You can train for a super sprint or sprint triathlon in just 2 to 4 hours a week for 12 weeks. As the miles add up, so does your required training time. Use the following chart as a guideline to help you [more…]

Your Day-Of Triathlon Checklist

The day of your triathlon has arrived! To make sure that you pack everything you need for all three aspects of the event, use the following checklist, which covers the necessities for swimming, biking, [more…]

Triathlon Training For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Training for a triathlon takes time and dedication no matter whether you're starting off with a sprint or preparing for an Iron Man event. In any type of triathlon, how you set up your transition area [more…]

Cross-Country Skiing Events in the Winter Olympics

Cross-Country skiing (part of the Nordic skiing family) is the endurance event of the Winter Olympics. In cross-country skiing, competitors use ski poles and strength to propel themselves across long [more…]

The Luge Competition at the Winter Olympics

Luge is one of the sledding events of the Winter Olympics, along with bobsleigh and skeleton. Luge sliders lie on their backs on a flat sled that careens down the track at nearly 140 kilometers per hour [more…]

Skeleton at the Winter Olympics

Skeleton is by most accounts the most reckless of all the Winter Olympic sports. Competitors race head first down an ice-covered track lying with their stomachs against a flat sled. Thanks to the streamlined [more…]

Keeping Your Head in the Match: The Mental Part of Wrestling

Because of the one-on-one nature of wrestling and the relatively brief length of a match, the mental approach to competition and the commitment you need to succeed are unique. The following list provides [more…]

The Fundamentals of Wrestling

Your success in wrestling is a direct result of your expertise in the fundamentals. After you master the following basic aspects of the sport, you can build on them to expand your wrestling repertoire: [more…]

How a Wrestling Match Is Scored

The objective in a wrestling match is to beat your opponent. If a pin occurs, the match is over and whoever scored the pin wins. But if neither wrestler scores a pin, the score at the end of three two-minute [more…]

Getting Your Body Fit for Wrestling

Getting and keeping your body in the best condition possible can help you reach your full potential as a wrestler. If you’re in shape and physically fit, you can better handle moves your opponent may try [more…]

Traveling to (and around) England during the 2012 Olympics

If you plan to visit England in the summer of 2012, remember that the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games will be held in the United Kingdom during the second half of summer. Be aware that travel to and [more…]

Men's Gymnastics Events in the 2012 Summer Olympics

Male gymnasts compete in two main events during the Summer Olympics — artistic gymnastics and trampoline — although to most Americans the trampoline is a little watched event. In artistic gymnastics, men [more…]

Women's Gymnastics Events in the 2012 Summer Olympics

Women gymnasts compete in three gymnastics events during the Summer Olympics — artistic gymnastics, trampoline, and rhythmic gymnastics. In artistic gymnastics, women compete in four events: floor exercises [more…]

Weightlifting Events in the 2012 Summer Olympics

For many, Olympic weightlifting brings to mind images of giant men sweating under enormous barbells, each athlete struggling to lift more than the guy before him. This scenario is a pretty accurate description [more…]

Diving Events in the 2012 Summer Olympics

Although people often think “water” when they think about Olympic diving, the sport originally was born out of gymnastics, not swimming. The seriously intense Olympic diving events you see today are the [more…]

Water Polo Events in the 2012 London Summer Olympics

Water polo competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games will be held July 29 through August 12 at the Olympic Park Water Polo Arena. Up to 12 countries may enter one men’s team and 8 countries may enter [more…]

Equestrian Events at the 2012 London Summer Olympics

The Equestrian (fancy name for horses) competition at the London 2012 Summer Olympics consists of three disciplines: dressage, eventing, and jumping. Each of these discipline provides an opportunity for [more…]

Hockey Events at the 2012 London Summer Olympics

Hockey competition for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London will be held at the Riverbank Arena, a brand new facility built just for these Olympic Games. The competition takes place over 13 days, from July [more…]

Synchronized Swimming at the 2012 London Summer Olympics

One of only two sports in which only women Olympic athletes compete, synchronized swimming competitions will take place August 5–10 at the London Aquatics Centre in Olympic Park. Only a portion of the [more…]

BMX Racing at the 2012 London Summer Olympics

Relatively new to the Olympic Games, BMX (Bicycle Motocross) racing first appeared at the 2008 Beijing Games. The male racers will compete in the 2012 London Games August 8–10, and the women on August [more…]

Mountain Biking at the 2012 London Summer Olympics

The mountain biking competition at the 2012 London Summer Olympics takes place over just two days. The 30 women athletes compete on August 11, and the 50 men compete on August 12. This competition actually [more…]


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