2012 Summer Olympics: Lolo Jones Aims for Gold in London

The hurdler aims for gold in London after missing a medal in 2008.
<p> Lolo Jones aims for gold in the London Olympics.</p>

Long before she was trending on Twitter and spiking ratings for HBO, Lolo Jones was one hurdle away from achieving her lifelong dream of winning an Olympic gold medal. But Jones — who entered the 100-meter hurdles final in the 2008 Beijing Olympics as the fastest qualifier and prohibitive favorite — clipped the ninth of 10 hurdles and staggered across the finish line in a disastrous seventh place.

2012 London Olympics: Countries That Could Steal Gold From the USA

Competition will be tough in several of the USA's most popular sports.
<p> Competition at the 2012 London Olympics will be tough in several of the USA's most popular sports. The USA will have to outclass Jamaica track, Spain men's basketball, Russia women's gymnastics and Brazil women's soccer.</p>
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America loves a winner and Americans cherish every opportunity we have to prove we’re the best in the world. As a result, the USA has developed a Ricky Bobby complex when it comes to competition — “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Nowhere will this be truer than at the 2012 London Olympics, where gold will certainly be the only medal worth its weight in TV time, Q Scores and endorsement dollars.

A Visual History of Every Summer Olympic Medal

How Fast is Sprinter Usain Bolt?

The Jamaican sprinter looks to dominate the Olympics in London.
<p> Usain Bolt looks to dominate the Olympics in London.</p>

Usain Bolt is chasing “living legend” status, as the Jamaican sprinter arrives in London for the 2012 Summer Olympics as the undisputed fastest man alive. But how does he measure up against history’s best ever? Or maybe this year’s fastest thoroughbred sprinter? Or a street-legal sports car going from parked to peak speed? Here’s the fictional tale of the tape over 100 meters.

25 Twitter Accounts Every Summer Olympics Fan Should Follow

Tweeting all the inside scoop from London.
<p> Tweeting all the inside scoop from London.</p>
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The 2012 Summer Olympic Games kick off soon, and it's easy to get overwhelmed with information. To help you cut through all the noise, we’ve rounded up our Top-25 favorite London-bound Twitter accounts to offer insight into the lives of your favorite Olympic athletes, the most up-to-the-minute coverage of Olympic news and in-depth analysis from the top sports journalists covering the London Games. 

Swimmer Dara Torres Goes for Her Sixth Olympics Tonight

Swimming's Elder Stateswoman Guns for Her Sixth Olympics
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She's 50 meters — a single lap — away from history. 

Dara Torres, swimming's elder stateswoman at age 45, is more than just one of the hottest 40-somethings on the planet. She remains a threat to win an Olympic medal in a physically demanding sport at an age when most of us are struggling to get off the couch to let the pizza guy in.