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How competition hurts us: An interview with Margaret Heffernan Special

What makes us competitive, either in business, education or dating, can be detrimental to our career success and overall well-being, argues author Margaret Heffernan in her new book A Bigger Prize. She spoke to us about competition's ugly side.

Op-Ed: The Olympic Games can be good for some cities

The Olympic Games have been a game of hit-or-miss for cities around the world since the beginnings of the modern Olympics. Many do not see the benefits, but it may actually be valuable for some cities.

The previous 'Robot Olympics' competition

Recent articles on Japan's possible Robot Olympics sparked a wave of interest about the concept on many sites. A previous contest was held in 2013 that could give us some insight on what the future event may look like.

Japan wants to host the 2020 Robot Olympics

The thrill of competition. Blood, sweat and servomotors? Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants the country to hold an event dedicated to the athletic prowess of robots.

Nobody wants the Olympics anymore

The 2022 Olympics are proving to be unpopular with many cities as two finalists pulled out. Out of the four that remain, two are in bad shape and are unpopular. The only cities that see the games as viable are totalitarian regimes.

San Francisco weightlifting club aims for Olympic Gold Special

San Francisco - As the recent excitement surrounding this year's Winter Olympics went into a fever pitch, Abraham Lincoln High School coach and teacher Kevin Doherty was among the many cheering on the American teams.

IOC tells Brazil to speed up pace of 2016 planning

Olympic officials wrapped up a three-day visit on Friday by warning that more haste was needed in deciding which branches of government must plan and pay for the 2016 event...

South Korea to file complaint to skating body over Sochi judges

The South Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) will file an official complaint to the International Skating Union about the figure skating judging panel used at the Sochi Games which deemed Kim Yuna's routine only worthy of a silver medal.

Hockey becomes a game of four quarters

Hockey will no longer be a game of two halves at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, with the sport announcing on Thursday a change to a four-quarter format to broaden its appeal to broadcasters and fans.

Exclusive: More South Koreans set to follow Ahn abroad, says dad

More Olympic athletes are set to ditch their South Korean passports and compete for rival nations unless the country's skating union (KSU) reforms, the father of Korea's greatest sporting...

Leading Korea skating official resigns after Sochi flop

The powerful vice chairman of the Korean Skating Union (KSU), Jeon Myung-gyu, resigned on Monday as South Korea moved to put a disappointing Sochi Olympics behind it and start building for the 2018 Pyeongchan...

Swede Backstrom to get ice hockey silver medal - IOC

Swedish ice hockey player Nicklas Backstrom will receive an Olympic silver medal despite being forced to miss last month's final in Sochi due to a doping offence, the International Olympic Committee said on Friday.

Beleaguered Greek sports surviving on 'crumbs'

Greece's beleaguered Olympic sports federations are struggling for their very existence following a new round of cuts in state funding despite several new emergency measures announced on Friday.

Biathletes Iourieva and Starykh test positive for EPO

Russian biathletes Irina Starykh and Ekaterina Iourieva tested positive for the banned substance EPO, the International Biathlon Union (IBU) said in a statement on Saturday.

Russian medal winners rewarded with luxury cars

Russia rewarded the athletes who helped the Winter Olympics hosts top the medals table in Sochi by presenting the 13 gold medal winners and 20 other podium finishers with luxury SUVs on Thursday.

Putin says Sochi Games wrongfoot critics of Russia

The Sochi Olympics "opened Russia's soul" to the world and wrongfooted critics of the host country, President Vladimir Putin said in remarks broadcast on Tuesday.

Japan's Asada wavering on retirement from competition

Japanese figure skater Mao Asada, who rebounded from a disastrous short program at the Sochi Olympics to gain the best score of her career in the free skate, is now wavering on whether to retire from compet...

Games-time disaster prevention is top priority-Tokyo governor

Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe's worst nightmare is a catastrophe hitting the city during the 2020 Summer Games and disaster prevention and mitigation tops his Olympic to-do list.

Sochi Games over, will Putin take the gloves off?

For more than two weeks while Russia hosted the Winter Olympics, President Vladimir Putin did his best to show the world that he and his country have a soft side.

Canada's Toews emerges from Crosby's shadow

While he may not get the same accolades or the fanatical following that Sidney Crosby enjoys, Jonathan Toews is also proving himself to be Canada's man for every moment.

Ice hockey: Canada's Crosby saves best for last in Sochi

Canada captain Sidney Crosby proved his mettle yet again by snapping a tournament-long scoring drought that gave his team some much-needed breathing room in a gold-medal clinching win at the Sochi ...

Ice hockey: Price was right for Canada in Sochi

Goaltending was the main concern for the Canadian men's ice hockey team ahead of the Sochi Olympics but Carey Price was up for the task, proving a stable force in net en route to winning a gold med...

Russia lightens up with softer image at closing ceremony

An emotional closing ceremony at Russia's first Winter Olympics painted the hosts in soft colors, in contrast to the muscular, assertive spectacle that kicked off the Games, and there was eve...

Ice hockey: Backstrom's absence big blow for Sweden

The absence of Nicklas Backstrom from the gold medal game against Canada derailed Sweden's hopes as they went down 3-0 in Sochi on Sunday, with the center missing the game due to a failed dope t...

Russians laugh at their own Olympic ring hitch

Russian organizers of the Winter Games made a light-hearted joke at their own expense on Sunday when, at the closing ceremony, they referred back to the moment during the opening ceremony when one of the five Olympic rings fai...

Victorious Zubkov drained after carrying nation's hopes

Former taxi driver Alexander Zubkov steered Russia to victory in the four-man bobsleigh on the last day of the Winter Olympics on Sunday but looked more exhausted than elated after carrying...

Ice Hockey: Canada take gold, Backstrom fails dope test

Canada swept past Sweden 3-0 on Sunday in the Winter Olympics men's ice hockey final, a game Swedish forward Nicklas Backstrom missed due to a failed a dope test.

'Excellent' Sochi Games proved critics wrong, says IOC's Bach

The Sochi Winter Games set records in competitor numbers, medals awarded and quality of venues, keeping athletes happy and proving critics wrong, said International Olympic Committee President ...

Cross country: Unhappy Norwegian men end Games on a low note

Norway's male cross country skiers sounded both mystified and downhearted on Sunday after a Winter Games where they started as one of the favorites but underperformed badly.

Austrian cross country skier Duerr tests positive for EPO

Austrian cross-country skier Johannes Duerr has apologized for the stupidity that saw him kicked out of the Sochi Winter Olympics after testing positive for performance-boosting EPO.
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A surveillance drone used in London during the Oolympics
A surveillance drone used in London during the Oolympics
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Maggie May and Rusty  proudly wearing Andy Murray s Olympic gold and silver medals.
Maggie May and Rusty, proudly wearing Andy Murray's Olympic gold and silver medals.
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London s Olympic stadium under construction
London's Olympic stadium under construction
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Volunteers are needed worldwide and throughout the United States for Special Olympics Summer Games a...
Volunteers are needed worldwide and throughout the United States for Special Olympics Summer Games and hundreds of other events scheduled each year.
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Canada s Olympic athletes were given a celebration one month after the 2012 Summer Olympics in Londo...
Canada's Olympic athletes were given a celebration one month after the 2012 Summer Olympics in London came to an end. Thousands of enthusiastic supporters waved flags, carried placards and showed their Canadian pride.
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A view of London during 2012 Olympics
A view of London during 2012 Olympics
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Canada s Olympic athletes were given a celebration one month after the 2012 Summer Olympics in Londo...
Canada's Olympic athletes were given a celebration one month after the 2012 Summer Olympics in London came to an end. Thousands of enthusiastic supporters waved flags, carried placards and showed their Canadian pride.
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Canada s Olympic athletes were given a celebration one month after the 2012 Summer Olympics in Londo...
Canada's Olympic athletes were given a celebration one month after the 2012 Summer Olympics in London came to an end. Thousands of enthusiastic supporters waved flags, carried placards and showed their Canadian pride.
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File photo: UFO hovering over Olympics 2012 opening ceremony
File photo: UFO hovering over Olympics 2012 opening ceremony
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Canada s Olympic athletes were given a celebration one month after the 2012 Summer Olympics in Londo...
Canada's Olympic athletes were given a celebration one month after the 2012 Summer Olympics in London came to an end. Thousands of enthusiastic supporters waved flags, carried placards and showed their Canadian pride.
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The Lego Olympics Model
The Lego Olympics Model
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Canada s Olympic athletes were given a celebration one month after the 2012 Summer Olympics in Londo...
Canada's Olympic athletes were given a celebration one month after the 2012 Summer Olympics in London came to an end. Thousands of enthusiastic supporters waved flags, carried placards and showed their Canadian pride.
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Sandra Izbaşa is a Romanian artistic gymnast. She is a double Olympic champion  on floor at the 200...
Sandra Izbaşa is a Romanian artistic gymnast. She is a double Olympic champion, on floor at the 2008 Olympics and vault at the 2012 London Olympics
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Chinese Olympics swimmer Ye Shiwen
Chinese Olympics swimmer Ye Shiwen
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A runner carries the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch along a bridge across Yenisei River near the Kr...
A runner carries the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch along a bridge across Yenisei River near the Krasnoyarsk hydro electric power station near the town of Divnogorsk outside Krasnoyarsk, November 25, 2013
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The Lego Olympics model
The Lego Olympics model
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British Embassy Olympics exhibition in Croatia
British Embassy Olympics exhibition in Croatia
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Canadian divers Émilie Heymans and Jennifer Abel
Canadian divers Émilie Heymans and Jennifer Abel
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26-year-old Sam Wheaton from Bondi  spending 17 days in a shop front window in George Street  Sydney...
26-year-old Sam Wheaton from Bondi, spending 17 days in a shop front window in George Street, Sydney.
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Cops showed the good natured  sense of humor when they staked out rooftops of Illinois Dunkin  Donut...
Cops showed the good natured, sense of humor when they staked out rooftops of Illinois Dunkin' Donuts to raise money for the Special Olympics.
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