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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 Shocking Olympic Scandals Quiz

The Shocking Olympic Scandals Quiz

The Olympics can provide a huge audience when something goes wrong. Take our HowStuffWorks quiz to see how much you know about its greatest scandals. See more »

10 Olympic Games That Nearly Bankrupted Their Host Countries

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

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

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?

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

5 Factors That Affect Olympic Performance

5 Factors That Affect Olympic Performance

What factors can affect Olympic performance? Learn what factors Olympic athletes must consider to perform well in the Olympic Games. See more »

Why do some countries seem to dominate the Olympics?

Why do some countries seem to dominate the Olympics?

Why do some countries seem to dominate the Olympics? Find out why athletes from some countries seem to dominate the Olympic Games each year. See more »

Gold, Silver and Bronze: More Than 100 Years of Olympic Medals

Gold, Silver and Bronze: More Than 100 Years of Olympic Medals

Winning an Olympic medal is a special and rare honor, but most people never get to see them up close. Take a peek at pictures of Olympic medals. See more »

The Posters of the Olympics

The Posters of the Olympics

Olympic posters are part of the official pageantry that accompanies the games. See pictures of some of our favorite Olympic posters. See more »

Keep the Flame Alive: Match the Olympic Torchbearer to the Games!

Keep the Flame Alive: Match the Olympic Torchbearer to the Games!

Can you match the torchbearers to their games? Try your hand at matching torchbearers with the Olympic flames they lit. See more »