2012 Olympics http://www.kplu.org en 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius In Custody After Girlfriend's Shooting Death http://www.kplu.org/post/blade-runner-oscar-pistorius-custody-and-charged-murder-girlfriend <strong>Our most recent update was added at 1:45 p.m. ET.</strong><p>South African Paralympic and Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius "has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend," <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=171972389" target="_blank">The Associated Press reports from Pretoria</a>.<p>Reeva Steenkamp was shot and killed inside Pistorius' home early Thursday, police say.<p>The AP adds that:<p><blockquote><p>"Police said a 26-year-old male would appear in court later. ... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 18:01:31 +0000 Mark Memmott 7795 at http://www.kplu.org 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius In Custody After Girlfriend's Shooting Death Soccer star Hope Solo on loving lost parents http://www.kplu.org/post/soccer-star-hope-solo-loving-lost-parents Hope Solo is generally regarded as the best women's goalkeeper in the world. Fresh off winning her third-straight Olympic gold medal with the U.S. Sun, 19 Aug 2012 05:39:23 +0000 6013 at http://www.kplu.org Soccer star Hope Solo on loving lost parents The Torch Is Out: Olympic Moments Will Burn On http://www.kplu.org/post/torch-out-olympic-moments-will-burn It's time to extinguish The Torch, and end NPR's three-week marathon of Olympic coverage. From the London Games' opening ceremony through 302 medal events, these Summer Olympics have fed fans a rich diet of history and spectacle. I only wish I'd been able to eat it all — but part of the Olympics' allure is that its smorgasbord is over-stuffed with intense competition.<p>But the buffet is now closed. Tue, 14 Aug 2012 02:50:31 +0000 Bill Chappell 5972 at http://www.kplu.org The Torch Is Out: Olympic Moments Will Burn On Michael Phelps Exits The Olympics, And Enters Retirement At 27 http://www.kplu.org/post/michael-phelps-exits-olympics-and-enters-retirement-27 When Michael Phelps came to London for the 2012 Summer Games, he had 14 Olympic gold medals. He's leaving with 18 and a record 22 overall. And now he's retiring at 27, leaving the sport in which he always said he wanted to do things that had never been done before.<p>He put a big new "first" on his resume in London, as he became the only Olympic swimmer to win gold in the same event three times. He also became the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetorch/2012/08/04/158138830/phelps-wins-his-18th-gold-medal-as-his-olympic-career-ends">most decorated Olympian</a> in history. Mon, 13 Aug 2012 16:13:45 +0000 Bill Chappell 5963 at http://www.kplu.org Michael Phelps Exits The Olympics, And Enters Retirement At 27 'No One-Hit Wonder': Team USA Beats Spain For Gold In Men's Basketball http://www.kplu.org/post/no-one-hit-wonder-team-usa-beats-spain-gold-mens-basketball The United States now has back-to-back golds in men's basketball, after beating Spain 107-100 in the finals.<p>The team celebrated midcourt, and we saw something unexpected: Kobe Bryant, the superstar, one of the best basketball players in the world, wept during what he said was his last Olympic appearance.<p>"Team USA is not a one-hit wonder," the commentators on NBC said. "Like the Beatles and Rolling Stones, they come to London and put out more gold."<p><p>It wasn't easy. Mon, 13 Aug 2012 16:12:44 +0000 5962 at http://www.kplu.org 'No One-Hit Wonder': Team USA Beats Spain For Gold In Men's Basketball At Olympics' End, USA Finishes First In Medal Race http://www.kplu.org/post/olympics-end-usa-finishes-first-medal-race The last medals of the London Games were just presented at the end of the women's modern pentathlon.<p>Like it did in the last three Olympics, the United States dominated. Last time around in Beijing, China outdid the States in total gold medals but this year, the U.S. Mon, 13 Aug 2012 16:12:03 +0000 Eyder Peralta 5961 at http://www.kplu.org At Olympics' End, USA Finishes First In Medal Race London Games Bid Spectacular Farewell http://www.kplu.org/post/london-games-bid-spectacular-farewell The closing ceremony to the London Games used fireworks, theatrics and music to celebrate the athletes and their countries who participated in the 2012 Summer Olympics.<p>The night included a shout-out to Winston Churchill and a performance from the Pet Shop Boys, to mark the end of two weeks of competition and stunning athletic displays.<p>The surviving members of the rock band Queen, The Who and the Spice Girls were on the schedule to entertain millions watching around the world.<p><strong>Update at 5:11 p.m. Mon, 13 Aug 2012 16:11:16 +0000 5960 at http://www.kplu.org London Games Bid Spectacular Farewell Year of the Woman at the London games? For U.S., it's true http://www.kplu.org/post/year-woman-london-games-us-its-true Every nation that sent a delegation to the London Games sent at least one female athlete — a first for the Olympics. This year's Team USA has more female than male athletes — and the women have won nearly twice as many medals: 100 total medals, by my count, to 59 for the men.<p>So yes, it looks like this is the Year of the Woman at the Olympics, particularly for the United States.<p>A glance at the <a href="http://www.london2012.com/medals/">medals board</a> shows that while Michael Phelps sits atop the standings with six medals (four gold), the other golden boy of U.S. Fri, 10 Aug 2012 17:34:39 +0000 Bill Chappell 5952 at http://www.kplu.org Year of the Woman at the London games? For U.S., it's true Washington's Hope Solo makes big stops to earn team USA gold http://www.kplu.org/post/washingtons-hope-solo-makes-big-stops-earn-team-usa-gold Washington born and raised goalkeeper Hope Solo saved the day, quite literally, according to her teammates in the Olympic women’s soccer final Thursday. Team USA held on for a 2-1 victory over Japan to win the gold medal.<p>When the final horn sounded, U.S. goalie Solo was mobbed by her fellow players. Solo says she knew the game was on the line when she made a dramatic lunging save in the waning minutes of the game.<p>“I was hoping my time would come –- not my time, but I want to make an impact on the game," Solo says. Fri, 10 Aug 2012 17:03:03 +0000 5950 at http://www.kplu.org Washington's Hope Solo makes big stops to earn team USA gold Boxing Maths and Aftermaths: Why Similar Scores Are A Mean System http://www.kplu.org/post/boxing-maths-and-aftermaths-why-similar-scores-are-mean-system Four years ago, Irish boxer Paddy Barnes lost to China's Zou Shiming by a score of 15-0 in Beijing. Today in London, Barnes fought his way back into their match to tie Zou at 15-15 — but he still lost. Fri, 10 Aug 2012 15:51:21 +0000 Mike Pesca 5946 at http://www.kplu.org Boxing Maths and Aftermaths: Why Similar Scores Are A Mean System Let's catch up: Taekwondo setback, and a Spice Girls sighting http://www.kplu.org/post/lets-catch-taekwondo-setback-and-spice-girls-sighting Good morning. The final weekend of the Summer Olympics is about to begin. In the medal count, the U.S. has jumped out to a 90-80 lead over China, with 39 golds to China's 37. And <a href="http://npr.stats.com/olympics/medals.asp">Russia has overtaken Great Britain</a>, with 57 to the host nation's 54 medals.<p>Here's today's news that caught our interest:<p>American Steven Lopez has <a href="http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/aug/10/steven-lopez-of-us-loses-in-olympic-taekwondo/">lost his preliminary taekwondo match</a> by a score of 3-2, falling to Ramin Azizov of Azerbaijan. Fri, 10 Aug 2012 15:49:51 +0000 Bill Chappell 5945 at http://www.kplu.org Let's catch up: Taekwondo setback, and a Spice Girls sighting Women's Olympic Soccer Final: U.S. Beats Japan 2-1, To Win Gold http://www.kplu.org/post/womens-olympic-soccer-final-us-beats-japan-2-1-win-gold In Olympic women's soccer, the U.S. team has beaten Japan, 2-1, in the gold medal match at London's Wembley Stadium, a game that set a new attendance record with more than 80,000 spectators. Carli Lloyd scored both of the American goals, while U.S. stars Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach weren't able to finish their chances. But they were very active, and both players kept the Japanese defenders occupied around the goal.<p>The fans were hoping for a game as exciting as the 2011 World Cup final, when the same two teams fought to a 2-2 tie before needing penalty kicks to decide the champion. Thu, 09 Aug 2012 21:47:47 +0000 Bill Chappell 5944 at http://www.kplu.org Women's Olympic Soccer Final: U.S. Beats Japan 2-1, To Win Gold We See The Body Olympic: How Athletes Evolve Within Their Sports http://www.kplu.org/post/body-olympic-how-athletes-evolve-within-their-sports Why do the best weightlifters have short arms? What's the biggest physical challenge that marathon runners face? What kind of advantages do athletes from West Africa — and from Asia — enjoy? Those questions are answered in a great post over at our sister blog, Shots.<p>Our colleague Adam Cole analyzed information from a range of sources to come up with conclusions about the bodies of Olympic sprinters and rowers, as well as weightlifters and marathon runners.<p>It's no secret that today's athletes look a bit different than the ones from 100 years ago. Thu, 09 Aug 2012 16:04:46 +0000 Bill Chappell 5940 at http://www.kplu.org We See The Body Olympic: How Athletes Evolve Within Their Sports Shut Out Of London Games, Video Artists Get Inventive http://www.kplu.org/post/shut-out-london-games-video-artists-get-inventive It's not easy to find video of the London 2012 Olympics on the Internet — even on YouTube. And that's inspiring people to "interpret" the Summer Games for themselves. For instance, you can see puppet shows, 8-bit video, and Taiwanese animation, all related to the Olympics... Wed, 08 Aug 2012 22:39:35 +0000 Bill Chappell 5936 at http://www.kplu.org Shut Out Of London Games, Video Artists Get Inventive Photos of day 12 from the Olympics http://www.kplu.org/post/photos-day-12-olympics Photo highlights from today's Olympic action feature <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetorch/2012/08/08/158448000/may-treanor-and-walsh-jennings-go-out-golden-with-a-three-peat" target="_blank">women's beach volleyball</a>, men's and <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetorch/2012/08/08/158428533/field-for-womens-200-meters-is-loaded-with-talent-and-speed" target="_blank">women's track and field</a>, and men's water polo.<p>Want to see yesterday's photos? <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/07/27/157436084/the-day-in-photos-summer-olympics-2012#ss158384446" target="_blank">Click here</a>. Wed, 08 Aug 2012 22:37:24 +0000 Emily Bogle 5935 at http://www.kplu.org Photos of day 12 from the Olympics