Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!


The Olympics section gives you an insight into the Olympic sports and the Olympic spirit.

How the First Olympics Worked

Before today's spandex-clad (and some sequined) Olympians set their sights on the gold, silver or bronze, ancient Greeks competed for victory. How did the games begin, and why were the athletes gunning for olive oil?

The Olympic Decathlon Winner: The Best Athlete in the World?

Thanks to the Swedish King Gustav V, each Olympic decathlon winner now earns the unofficial title of The World's Greatest Athlete. Should they? See more »

Honey Helps Gymnasts Get a Grip

Hanging on to the parallel bars for dear life (or maybe an Olympic gold) is a lot easier when you have a good grip. And honey can help out with that. See more »

Here's How Many Rio Olympics Visitors Will Contract Zika Virus

Scientists predict Zika infections visitors will contract during the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. Learn more in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

What Happens if the Olympic Torch Accidentally Goes Out?

Is there a plan for if the Olympic torch goes out? Learn more about the Olympic torch accidentally going out in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

Jaw-dropping Moves From Rio-ready Trampoline Gymnasts

Trampoline gymnastics seems as though it could be an amazingly fun Olympic sport. Learn more about it at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Can You Really Cancel the Olympics?

With the Zika virus flourishing, some are calling for the cancellation of the Rio Olympics. HowStuffWorks Now looks at whether this is possible. See more »

10 Olympic Games That Nearly Bankrupted Their Host Countries

The cost of hosting an Olympic Games is astronomical. Learn about 10 Olympics that nearly bankrupted their host countries. See more »

The Greatest Olympians of All Time

Who is the greatest Olympian of all time? Here are our picks for contenders for the title of the greatest Olympian of all time. See more »

Find Your Way Around the 2012 Olympic Games

London boasts some spectacular venues to be used in the Summer Games. Find your way around the 2012 Summer Olympic Games with these pictures. See more »

What sorts of prosthetics will you see in the Paralympics?

What sorts of prosthetics will you see in the Paralympics? Learn about the types of prosthetics you might see in the Paralympics. See more »