The Olympic Impact

The Olympics affect not just the athletes, but also the government. Service members and feds compete in the Olympics and the budgetary implications exist.
U.S. athlete Lance Brooks competes in the men's discus qualification. U.S. athlete Lance Brooks competes in the men's discus qualification. Pawel Kopczynski/AP
United States' Julia Mancuso finishes the slalom portion of the women's supercombined to win the bronze medal at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

The Geopolitics of Winter Olympic Medal Counts

February 10, 2014 Can Russia reclaim its former Olympic glory?

Norway's Marit Bjoergen competes in a skiing competition in Sochi on Feb. 8.

Play of the Day: A Sad Day for Sochi

February 10, 2014 Russia's not holding up to the Olympic pressure.

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7 Ways Olympians Stay Motivated

February 7, 2014 How mindfulness, self-talk, and an obscure chunk of the brain help athletes get through the training grind.

A worker leaves after painting the ice in the Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi Saturday.

U.S. Lacks Specific Plan to Evacuate Americans from Sochi

January 27, 2014 Officials stress general action plans are in place.

A Russian police officer searches a driver as his vehicle is also screened at an entrance to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games park.

Potential Suicide Bomber in Sochi May Indicate Broader Threat to Olympics

January 23, 2014 Former U.S. counterterrorism official warns of possible larger conspiracy.

The Olympic ice hockey events will be held at Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi.

Russian Attacks Raise Olympic Security Concerns

December 31, 2013 State Department pledges solidarity with Russia against terrorism.

Next Year’s Winter Olympics Are Being Held in Just About the Most Unsafe Place They Could Be

May 24, 2013 The region around Sochi is a cauldron of ethnic hatred and anti-Russian separatist movements.

Photo: Obama is Not Impressed

November 19, 2012 President yuks it up with U.S. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney

Obama speaks to the Olympians.

Video: Olympic bronze medalist in rowing proud to be a fed

September 21, 2012 'The federal employee in me is just through the roof,' VA's Natalie Dell says during White House event.

British synchronized swimmers Olivia Federici and Jenna Randall made it to the events' final.

How much it costs to throw an Olympics vs. go to Mars

August 9, 2012 Curiosity Rover's price tag looks like pocket change next to the tab for the London games.

For Air Force Olympian, One Touch from a Medal

August 7, 2012 Capt. Seth Kelsey comes heartbreakingly close in fencing.

Play of the Day -- Rafalca Doesn't Win Gold

August 3, 2012 Romney's Olympic horse gets attention from comedians.

What Leaders Can Learn from Michael Phelps

August 2, 2012 The Olympic swimmer is a preparation champion.

U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas performs on the balance beam at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Obama says he's awed by U.S. women's gymnastics team

August 1, 2012 President says he could not walk across a balance beam.

United States of America's Vincent Hancock shoots during the men's skeet event.

Army sergeant wins gold in London

July 31, 2012 Skeet shooter is first ever to defend Olympic crown.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Daryl Szarenski competed in shooting men's 10-m airgun event at the Pan American Games in 2011.

Military members go for gold in London

July 27, 2012 Ten of the personnel are veterans of the Olympics.

First Lady Michelle Obama called the experience  “humbling.”

First lady arrives in London, calls games 'awe-inspiring'

July 27, 2012 Michelle Obama promotes her Let's Move campaign.

Obama and Romney's dueling Olympic strategies

July 25, 2012 Obama buys ads during events; Romney scores interview before the games.

The  the 2002 Games’ official records still have not been made available to the public.

Report: Romney’s Salt Lake City Olympics lacked transparency

July 24, 2012 Reporters and public officials say they were denied access to certain documents.

The British Government has adorned the Tower Bridge with the Olympic rings this summer.

TSA sends small contingent to London for the Olympics

July 18, 2012 Agents will act as on-site liaisons with headquarters.

Reid on Olympic uniforms: Burn them

July 12, 2012 Senate majority leader joins other lawmakers in criticizing uniforms made in China.

Pelosi has a problem with U.S. Olympic uniforms

July 12, 2012 It's not the style; it's the fact that they're made in China.