It may not be an Olympic sport, but Wisconsin teen Austin Wierschke was just named the fastest texter in America. The texting champion was awarded $50,000. Wierschke speaks with host Michel Martin about how he keeps his thumbs in shape.
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? The Olympics bring a fresh chance to look at those questions, and see how athletes' bodies are changing.
Oscar Pistorius, who made history last weekend when he became the first amputee to run in an Olympic race, saw his London 2012 experience come to an abrupt end Thursday — before an appeal put his South African 4x400m relay team back in business.
At the London Summer Olympics, it's one star-studded 200 meter race down, one to go. American Allyson Felix won the women's 200 Wednesday night, and was part of a U.S. track and field medal-winning binge. On Thursday, Jamiaca's Usain Bolt will run in the men's 200, and the decathlon champ will be decided.
Two big gold medal matches of the Olympics are set Thursday in London, and both involve American women's teams. In water polo, the U.S. women seek to end 12 years of frustration with their first gold medal. And in soccer, the Americans have a chance at redemption. They play Japan which beat them in the World Cup final last year.
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