Olympics

Scott Fowler

Carolina Olympians build to their moment

For several dozen athletes with N.C. and S.C. connections, the Rio Olympics will be the chance of a lifetime.

Sports

Usain Bolt brings light to a sport in peril

Since he coasted to the 100-meter finish line in world-record time at the Bird's Nest eight years ago, Usain Bolt has been the smiling face of track and field. He has served as the anchorman of the Olympics — virtually the only reason any casual fan would pay attention to a sport that has orchestrated its own slow, sad, drug-infused downfall.

News

Sometimes there is something better than gold in Rio

At the lowest point, when chemotherapy had turned Thomas Van der Plaetsen bald and weak at 23, even his brother, coach and biggest fan, Michael, thought chances for a comeback were minuscule. Now, barely a year and a half later, he is heading to the Rio Olympics as the European decathlon champion — and with a full head of hair.

Olympics

Meet the six Olympic swimmers on the road to Rio from Charlotte

What does it feel like to make the Olympic team and represent America in Rio? Cammile Adams, Kathleen Baker, Anthony Ervin, Jimmy Feigen, Ryan Lochte and Katie Meili share their thoughts about traveling to Rio to compete for Team USA. All six train with the non-profit organization SwimMAC Carolina in Charlotte.

Sports

Main ramp collapses at Rio Olympics sailing venue

The main ramp of Marina da Gloria, the sailing venue of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, partially collapsed on Saturday. Organizers said no one was injured in the incident that raises further questions about the quality of construction in the Olympic host city.

Videos

Olympic swimmers headed to Rio from Charlotte spontaneously form a human pyramid

The six Olympics swimmers from Charlotte's SwimMAC Carolina swim program decided to make a human pyramid during an exclusive photo shoot with the Charlotte Observer. Watch Cammile Adams, Kathleen Baker, Anthony Ervin, Jimmy Feigen, Ryan Lochte and Katie Meili have some fun behind the scenes.
Justin Miller jmiller@mcclatchy.com
Olympic swimmers headed to Rio from Charlotte spontaneously form a human pyramid 0:26

Olympic swimmers headed to Rio from Charlotte spontaneously form a human pyramid

Meet the six Olympic swimmers on the road to Rio from Charlotte 3:19

Meet the six Olympic swimmers on the road to Rio from Charlotte

Announcer Mike Markham's voice demo 1:20

Announcer Mike Markham's voice demo

Ibtihaj Muhammad: An American, a Muslim and Olympian 0:43

Ibtihaj Muhammad: An American, a Muslim and Olympian