The Olympic torch arrived in London this week, ahead of the opening ceremony on Friday. One man who carried the torch part of the way was BBC producer Stuart Hughes who lost his lower leg in 2003 while covering the war in Iraq.
London's Herne Hill Velodrome is a vestige of London's other Olympic Games in 1948. Reporter Laura Lynch speaks with cyclist Tommy Godwin who competed in those games. The Bronze medalist is now 91, but he still gets on the bike.
Afghan athlete Rohullah Nikpai took home the bronze medal in Tae Kwon Do at last month's Beijing Olympics. It's Afghanistan's first ever Olympic medal. Now he's a national hero. Correspondent Derek Stoffel has his story.
The World's Mary Kay Magistad reports on Iraq's Paralympic Team, which is competing in Beijing. Many of the team's members have been affected by the current war in their country, though some were wounded in previous conflicts, such as the Iran-Iraq War.
Jamaica captured world attention in 1988 when it sent a bobsled team to the Winter Olympics in Calgary. Now Jamaica's beloved bobsled team is trying to qualify for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The Russian political event of the year may very well be hundreds of miles from Moscow. A ballerina, a porn star, a billionaire, and an arm wrestling champion are all among the candidates for mayor of Sochi, the resort town that will host the 2014 Winter Olympics. Jessica Golloher has the story.