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July 23, 2012 | Volume 117, Issue 3

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Olympic Gymnasts Cover - Sports Illustrated July 23, 2012

July 23, 2012 | DAVID EPSTEIN
The wave of revolutions that toppled governments from Tunisia to Yemen changed the lives of many London Olympians—for better and worse

July 23, 2012 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
Who'll reach the winner's podium in all 302 events

July 23, 2012 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
The U.S. retains the overall crown, with China once again close behind, but the home country adds the most—by far—to its haul from Beijing

July 23, 2012 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
Story lines: World-record decathlete Ashton Eaton (above) adds gold to a track medal haul that complements U.S. success in swimming, gymnastics and hoops; fencer Mariel Zagunis and beach...

July 23, 2012 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
Story lines: World champion Ye Shiwen (above), 16, helps make China a growing force in the pool; national icon Liu Xiang goes for the hurdles gold he missed out on because of injury in '08.

July 23, 2012 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
Story lines: Viktoria Komova (above) and Aliya Mustafina try to topple U.S. favorites in the gymnastics all-around; pole vault great Yelena Isinbayeva, back from a year off, goes for her third...

July 23, 2012 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
Story lines: Chris Hoy (left, foreground), a 30-time world or Olympic medalist, leads a track cycling juggernaut; Somalian-born Mo Farah goes for a distance-running double; big Games for sailors,...

July 23, 2012 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
Story lines: Paddlers eye multiple medals in sprint canoe and kayak; open-water swimmer Thomas Lurz and eventing equestrian Hinrich Romeike shoot for gold; modern pentathlete Lena Schöneborn...

July 23, 2012 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
Story lines: Sprint swimming sensation James Magnussen (above), 20, a converted rugby player, makes waves along with IMer (and tabloid fave) Stephanie Rice; sailors and track cyclists eye multiple...

July 23, 2012 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
Story lines: Two-time 138.5-pound champ Kaori Icho (right) and mates could sweep all four women's wrestling weight classes; judo teams hoard medals, as always; Kosuke Kitajima, 29, tries to sweep...

July 23, 2012 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
Story lines: Trio of possible judo winners includes 6'8", 306-pound Teddy Riner (above, right), who continues his domination of the sport (six consecutive world titles) at age 23; sprint hope is...

July 23, 2012 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
Story lines: Male fencers could sweep all three disciplines, but the team's star is women's foil specialist Valentina Vezzali (right), 38, who's trying to become the fourth athlete—after the...

July 23, 2012
Commissioner Roger Goodell faces an uphill battle if he wants to mimic the Euro soccer fan experience at NFL games. The ubiquitous entertainment at NFL games and at most American sporting...

July 23, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR
Yo, this is Dwight. I can't take your call right now, but leave a message at the tone and I'll get back to you.

July 23, 2012 | TERRY McDONELL
The best and worst of nationalism run through the Olympics. The worst is easy: Berlin 1936, Munich 1972. The best is harder to pin, but it is based on pride in where you come from—including your...

July 23, 2012
Founder: Henry R. Luce 1898--1967

July 23, 2012 | MICHAEL ROSENBERG
In picking up the pieces of Joe Paterno's football program, Penn State should embark on a new Grand Experiment

July 23, 2012 | MICHAEL ROSENBERG
Prosecutors in Jackson, Mich., are considering charges for a woman who kept the body of a dead friend around for 18 months so that she could watch NASCAR races with him.

July 23, 2012
NOT: POINT BREAK

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July 23, 2012
$750,000

July 23, 2012
What TV show gets watched the most in your clubhouse?

July 23, 2012 | Michael Farber
The owners made an aggressive opening play in the NHL's labor negotiations

July 23, 2012 | Melissa Segura
A new documentary probes beneath the romance of Dominican baseball

July 23, 2012 | Melissa Segura
"I'm going to go out there and give 100 percent of 85 percent."

July 23, 2012 | Dan Greene
A cardboard gold mine is unearthed in Ohio

July 23, 2012 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
ALEX PERKINS

July 23, 2012 | Phil Taylor
An athlete with Down syndrome is (finally) cleared to play again

July 23, 2012 | DAN PATRICK
GUY'S GUY

July 23, 2012 | DAN PATRICK
SAY WHAT?

July 23, 2012 | ALBERT CHEN
The expanded postseason means almost everyone is still a contender—and the trade market is crowded with buyers

July 23, 2012 | Joe Sheehan
G.M. Kevin Towers's public willingness to trade JUSTIN UPTON is puzzling. Yes, the 24-year-old Arizona rightfielder is having a down season (just seven homers), but he was an MVP candidate last...

July 23, 2012 | JOE SHEEHAN
What deals will go down by the July 31 trade deadline? Good question. But here are five mutually beneficial swaps, involving players rumored to be on the block, that should happen

July 23, 2012 | JIM TROTTER
The NFL's top rusher says a ground game is key to winning. He's right—but teams still have reason to shy away from elite backs

July 23, 2012 | David Sabino
Over the last decade, most Super Bowl--winning teams have adopted a running-back-by-committee approach. Compare the workloads of those teams' busiest rushers with the ones carried by top backs on...

July 23, 2012
A TALE OF TWO TIGERS

July 23, 2012 | MICHAEL FARBER
Shane Doan has been with Phoenix since the team's days in Winnipeg, but if the ownership situation remains murky, he may bolt

July 23, 2012 | MICHAEL FARBER
Including Shane Doan, three of the league's eight longest-tenured veterans became free agents this month: Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, 40, re-upped with New Jersey (for whom he's played for 19...

July 23, 2012 | CHRIS MANNIX
The best and worst of the NBA's silly season, which has been as silly as ever

July 23, 2012 | ANDY STAPLES
A few programs have a (long) shot at ending a certain conference's BCS dominance

July 23, 2012 | SETH DAVIS
Vegas was buzzing about more than Team USA last week. Meet Andrew Wiggins

July 23, 2012 | S.L. PRICE
How peculiar it once seemed that Roger Federer insisted that he was still one of the sport's giants—how peculiar now that we didn't believe him

July 23, 2012 | ALEXANDER WOLFF
The grand old city rescued the Games as a last-minute host in 1908 and '48, and its record third Olympics, planned through seven years of triumph and tragedy, should be a vibrant (if possibly...

July 23, 2012 | SARAH KWAK
Goodbye baseball and softball, hello women's boxing, revamped medal events, rules changes, laser guns, a wild move, gender history and a trailblazing Paralympian

July 23, 2012 | SARAH KWAK
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius (left) will become the Olympics' first double-amputee athlete and sixth Paralympian, after, among others, countrywoman Natalie du Toit, who swam at the 2008 Games,...

July 23, 2012 | SARAH KWAK
After a decade as an amateur sport with organized world championships, women's boxing finally steps into the Olympic ring. Thirty-six female fighters from 24 countries in three weight classes...

July 23, 2012 | KELLI ANDERSON
Each fueled by the other, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte will face off in the Games' greatest rivalry

July 23, 2012 | KELLI ANDERSON
Seven-medal hopeful Missy Franklin, 17, isn't shy about displaying her diverse talents, in the pool or on the dance floor

July 23, 2012 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
Leading the best U.S. squad ever, Jordyn Wieber and Gabby Douglas will team up—and face off—for glory and gold

July 23, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR
They might not fit the standard definition of a team, but the 530 athletes who will compete for the U.S. in London are precisely that, not least because they reflect—in their stories and...

July 23, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR
At 29, Natalie Coughlin qualified for London in only one event: the 4 × 100-meter freestyle relay. But if the U.S. team makes the podium, Coughlin, who has 11 medals from the '04 and '08 Games,...

July 23, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR
With his bronze medal in the flyweight division at the worlds last October in Azerbaijan, Rau'shee Warren, a 25-year-old Cincinnati native, became the first U.S. boxer to qualify for three Olympic...

July 23, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR
The reigning two-time Olympic champions are still smarting over the excruciating penalty-kick shootout loss to Japan in last year's World Cup final. Veterans of that team—including (clockwise from...

July 23, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR
The U.S. will take a pair of strong medal favorites to London in hurdler Lashinda Demus (above, left) and long jumper Brittney Reese. Demus, 29, the world champion in the 400-meter hurdles, missed...

July 23, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR
A three-time All-America at Purdue, David Boudia won the individual 10-meter platform silver at last year's worlds, becoming the first U.S. diver to medal in the event since Greg Louganis in 1986....

July 23, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR
The U.S. team will send a pair of world champions to the mat. Clarissa Chun (above, left), a 30-year-old native of Hawaii, finished fifth in the 105 ½-pound division in Beijing and won a world...

July 23, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR
Bernard Lagat, the American-record holder at three distances (1,500, 3,000 and 5,000 meters), heads to his fourth Olympics in search of his first gold medal. A native Kenyan who became a U.S....

July 23, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR
Brady Ellison, a shaggy-haired 23-year-old bow hunter from Glendale, Ariz., failed to win a medal in Beijing, but he has been the world's No. 1--ranked archer in men's recurve since 2010—and is...

July 23, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR
At the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, the underdog U.S. stunned world No. 1 Argentina to win its first international gold medal. In London, led by captain Lauren Crandall (left, top), 27,...

July 23, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR
Nathan Adrian won gold as a member of the 4 × 100 freestyle relay team in Beijing. Now, after his victory in the 100-meter free at the Olympic trials, the 23-year-old has his sights set on an...

July 23, 2012 | IAN THOMSEN
In what could be the final showcase for teams laden with NBA stars, the U.S. is a heavy favorite to win its fifth gold in six Games

July 23, 2012 | TIM LAYDEN
Four years after his electrifying Beijing double, Usain Bolt remains track's most thrilling performer and its economic engine—but can he win in London?

July 23, 2012 | TIM LAYDEN
After years of absence and struggle, a trio of U.S. sprinters seeks redemption

July 23, 2012 | TIM LAYDEN
Far apart in style, temperament and history, three U.S. stars share a goal for London: to win a first individual Olympic gold medal

July 23, 2012 | GARY VAN SICKLE
He may have come up four shots short in his bid for a four-peat in the Quad Cities, but egoless Steve Stricker wasn't complaining

July 23, 2012 | GARY VAN SICKLE
Roger Chapman of England didn't do much on the European tour, but he joins some select company by following his win at the Senior PGA with a victory at the U.S. Senior Open. Only four other...

July 23, 2012 | GARY VAN SICKLE
Iowan Zach Johnson won the Deere with a bunker shot to remember and most likely locked up a spot in the Ryder Cup

July 23, 2012
FOR THE BRITISH OPEN

July 23, 2012 | BRANDEL CHAMBLEE
One of the most deeply held beliefs in golf is that Tom Watson is the greatest links player the U.S. has ever produced. His case is based on his five British Open wins, which are more than any...

July 23, 2012 | DAMON HACK
Four years from now golf will be part of the Games and, like everything else, it's all about Tiger

July 23, 2012 | DAMON HACK
Given 2-to-1 odds on Tiger Woods to win the British Open, would you take Tiger or the field?

July 23, 2012 | Michael Bamberger
What's the deal with Tiger? Will he win five more majors? Who will have a more successful career, Bubba Watson or Webb Simpson? What do you think of Royal Lytham, and what course in Great Britain...