Egyptian fans already had a taste of Olympic glory last week, when Alaaeldin Abouelkassem captured a silver medal in men's fencing. But the most anticipated event for Egyptians might have been weightlifting, and the team of eight lifters who competed in these Olympic Games included three women.
The United States routinely produces some of the world's best swimmers. Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Natalie Coughlin are all expected to medal at the Olympics. But a surprising number of Americans don't know how to swim.
As Monday's Olympic competitions wrap up, Olympic organizers are making moves to try and fill the empty seats that have been an irritation to broadcasters as Londoners alike. Sunday night, they sold some 3,000 seats to the public and moved in more seat-fillers as well.
In the immediate aftermath of World War II, the 1948 Olympic Games in London occurred at a time of widespread austerity. Countries across the world were just beginning to recover from the war and, like today, trying to figure out how to strengthen their economies.
From croquet to speedboating, from tandem bicycling to painting, yes painting, the Olympic sports you're familiar with haven't always been part of the program. And some you may never have guessed once handed out gold medals.
There was a proposal to require certain female athletes, used to competing in shorts, to switch to skirts. After an outcry, that proposal was rejected. But what women wear when competing in the Olympics remains a hot-button topic.
As part of getting the Olympics, the United Kingdom had to pass a series of laws that made it illegal for businesses that aren't official sponsors to use certain Olympic terms. So local businesses have had to get creative.
The NCAA announced Monday morning that it would be levying its own punishments against Penn State University and its football program for its failure to act to stop former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of children.
Majlinda Kelmendi will be competing in the Olympics in London this year. She's the first Kosovar to participate since the country declared independence back in 2008. But because Kosovo isn't recognized by the United Nations, she must compete for Albania.
Mongolia is a traditional country that's rapidly modernizing. But there's one element of its history that's not going away, and that's its traditional games. The Naadam have been held for generations and are stronger than ever.