1. Olympian Erin Hamlin Marries a Childhood Playmate Society, August 3

    Jonathan Hodge cheered for the world-class luger from afar. Then a chance meeting at a family gathering led to some competitive flirting. They both won.

  2. Battling Pain Both Physical and Mental, Missy Franklin Finds Hope Sports, July 27

    She was supposed to be the next Michael Phelps. Surgery and depression have changed the narrative. The experiences of Allison Schmitt and Phelps help.

  3. In Japan, Deadly Heat Wave Tests Endurance of Even the Most Stoic Foreign, July 25

    Even the famously stoic Japanese are having a hard time with 106-degree heat.

  4. Denis Ten, Olympic Skating Medalist, Stabbed to Death in Kazakhstan Sports, July 19

    Ten, who won bronze in men’s figure skating in 2014, was killed on Thursday in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

  5. The World Cup Changed Russia, but for How Long? Sports, July 16

    A comparison between the 1980 Summer Olympics and this year’s World Cup is not perfect, but there are parallels to study.