Guts, Glory & Gold: Olympic Athletes Pass the Torch

"The practice of sport is a human right." With the Winter Olympic games in Sochi this month, goes for the gold, honoring those who dare to go Faster, Higher, Stronger and pass the torch to the next generation of athletes.


Americans Have Lost Touch with Foreign Olympians

Jeremy Schaap, reporter and host for ESPN, talks about the American nationalism that pervades Olympic coverage in the United States.

How Failing PE Inspired Olympic Athlete to Succeed

2008 Olympic Decathlon Gold Medalist Bryan Clay tells how his sixth grade PE teacher gave him and F. The experience taught him a life lesson that he hopes to impart to other children through his foundation.

Human Rights Issues in Past Olympic Host Countries

Hamish McDonald contrasts the outpouring of protest over the Beijing Olympic Games to silence in previous years - such as the 1904 games in St. Louis, Missouri - when perhaps more glaring human rights issues were largely ignored by the international community.

Get in the Game: How to Dress Like an Olympian

Hudson’s Bay Company president Liz Rodbell tells how the company's red mittens helped fund and outfit the Canadian Olympic Team.

Frank Deford Believes The Olympic Games Are Outdated

Sports journalist Frank Deford considers the Olympics an intrinsically political event which only masquerades in the neutrality of a movement.

The Olympics have become anachronistic in this global age, Deford says, calling it "Nascar with accents."

Personal Data Helped US Athletes Win Olympic Medals

Cyclist Sky Christopherson describes the insights gained by gathering data about the U.S. women's cycling team and finding patterns that helped to design effective training routines.

Ashton Eaton: Why Track Stars Keep Getting Better

Olympic decathlon gold medalist Ashton Eaton explains why track stars - and athletes in general - continue to get bigger, faster, and stronger.

Lehrer: U.S. Pumps Out Genius Athletes, Why Not Artists?

New Yorker columnist Jonah Lehrer discusses the state of America's art education. Citing Moneyball's Bill James, Lehrer argues that we have an advanced system for creating genius athletes, but America doesn't put the same focus in other areas of education.

Duke’s Coach Krzyzewski Rebuilds Dream Team

Duke University basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski describes his experience coaching the gold medal winning USA men's national basketball team.

He explains how visiting wounded Iraq veterans helped transform a group of basketball players into a world champion team.

Don't Sweat the Technique: Data Tracking for the NBA

Andrea Hudy, strength coach at the University of Kansas, explains how the team used data tracking to monitor a NCAA basketball star's shot technique.

Doping Debate in Sports: Should Athletes Use Drugs?

Dr. John Gleaves, assistant professor of kinesiology at California State University, Fullerton, discusses the impact of doping and performance enhancement on the human condition. While some argue that doping is damaging, some proponents assert that it is augmenting our ultimate human potential.

About this series

Citius, Altius, Fortius. With the Winter Olympic games in Sochi this month, the world will be watching its top athletes compete to see who can go Faster, Higher, Stronger (as the Olympic motto goes). This race tests the limits of what humans can achieve and has lead to against-all-odds glory, innovation, and pressures. goes for the gold in a series about champions and passing the torch to the next generation of athletes.

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