He was supposed to be a national hero, the biggest star of the Olympics. Liu Xiang, gold-winning hurdler in Athens, dreamed of a second Olympic triumph in his own country. But the dream was shattered as the Chinese sprinter failed to take part in the race against his great rival, Cuba's Dayron Robles. Read more.
The greatest names in tennis played in this year’s Olympic Games: Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Nikolay Davidenko, Jelena Jankovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova, among others. The prestigious line-up perhaps proved that the Olympic title has found its place in the ATP and WTA calendar. Read more.
French swimmer Laure Manaudou is, unwillingly, the most striking example of an athlete who failed to get results in these Games. But is it fair to judge our sport icons so hard when, after all, they are just men and women. Read more.
Laure Manaudou, Natalie Coughlin, Katie Hoff, Stephanie Rice, Alain Bernard, Pieter van den Hoogenband, and Michael Phelps all are real contenders for the gold. For these swimmers, just being present isn't enough; winning is the ultimate and only goal. Read more