Inspired to Try an Olympic Sport? First Learn How to Fall.

This maneuver may sound daunting but is not difficult for most healthy people to master or deploy in an eyeblink, Dr. Weerdesteyn said. In other experiments by her research group, young people picked up the technique after 30 minutes of supervised instruction.

Team USA Basketball Bounces Back, Dominates Iran

SAITAMA, Japan — The United States men’s basketball team got a morale-boosting victory on Wednesday, shellacking Iran, 120-66. Ever since the first Dream Team was assembled in 1992, convincing victories like this one have been expected from the U.S. men’s team. Just

Weight Lifting, an Original Olympic Sport, May Be Dropped

Even with the sport under scrutiny, top lifters are still getting caught using performance-enhancing drugs. Shortly after Boyanka Kostova of Azerbaijan won her fourth European title in April, for example, she tested positive for stanozolol, an anabolic steroid. It was the second

Tokyo's Summer Heat May Help Sprinters Run Faster

Hot, humid air is also less dense than colder air and slightly reduces drag. This helps explain baseballs traveling farther when hit in hotter weather. As the temperature rises, gas molecules in the air move faster and farther apart, lowering resistance to

Simone Biles's Big Olympic Move: Showing Vulnerability

After withdrawing, Biles assured reporters she was not injured, saying, “It’s been really stressful, this Olympic Games.” She said she wasn’t certain if she would continue to compete. Biles’s withdrawal, Beilock said, was an attempt to take control of a situation that

Hungary Beats the U.S. 10-9 in Women's Water Polo

Hungary stunned the top-ranked United States in women’s water polo, rallying for a 10-9 victory in preliminary round play on Wednesday against an American squad that has won gold at the last two Olympics. Hungary scored twice in the final two minutes

U.S. Men's Basketball Dominates Iran

SAITAMA, Japan — The United States men’s basketball team got a morale-boosting victory on Wednesday, shellacking Iran, 120-66. Ever since the first Dream Team was assembled in 1992, convincing victories like this one have been expected from the U.S. men’s team. Just

Paralympians see a big welcome in a title change.

Jessica Long, a Paralympic swimmer, remembered feeling invisible at a large gathering with the news media in Chicago ahead of the 2008 Beijing Summer Games. She sat in a corner with two other American Paralympians, watching reporters interview their Olympic counterparts without

Simone Biles is Withdrawing from All-Around Gymnastics Competition

Simone Biles, the four-time Olympic gold medalist, will not compete in Thursday’s all-around competition after withdrawing from the team finals because of a mental health issue, according to an emailed statement from U.S.A. Gymnastics. “Simone will continue to be evaluated daily to