Check out our interviews with Olympic athletes and get inspired by their stories, behind-the-scene preparations for the Olympics, and the toughest challenges they have to overcome.
Brazil lights Paralympic flame

The Paralympic Games open in Rio de Janeiro this week amid financial problems and a blanket ban on Russian athletes as the state doping scandal continues.

From a blue-collar life to Rio 2016

Maicon Siqueira, one of the best Brazilian taekwondo players, is currently preparing to fight for an Olympic medal in the 2016 Rio Games. But just three years ago, he was still working as a bricklayer and part-time waiter in his hometown – Minas Gerais – where back then he practised taekwondo only on the weekends....

Israeli swimmers are ready to make a splash at Rio 2016

With six swimmers confirmed so far to participate in the Rio Olympics this summer, Israel’s national swimming team is looking at a hopeful challenge. Leonid Kaufman, the 58-year-old coach, believes that at least one additional swimmer will qualify for Rio following the European Aquatics Championships in London this May. Kaufman who has trained gold medallists...