'Was it crazy? Yes': Olympian reveals she ran with breast cancer

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Jamaica’s top 400-meter runner revealed publicly that she was diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago in an interview with the Daily Mail.

Novlene Williams-Mills, a 2004 University of Florida graduate, was told she had cancer on June 25, 2012, according to the report.

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‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius charged with murder

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Olympic and Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius was charged with murder Thursday after his girlfriend was shot dead at his South African home.

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Beach volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings: I was pregnant at the Olympics

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When Kerri Walsh Jennings won her third Olympic gold in beach volleyball at the London Olympics, she was playing with a secret: She was five weeks pregnant.

Sitting hand-in-hand with her husband, Casey Jennings, Walsh Jennings shared the news exclusively on TODAY Monday.

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For first time, women from every nation ready to rock Olympics

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When Frenchman Baron Pierre de Coubertin spearheaded the first modern Olympics in 1896, he excluded female competitors, saying it would be “impractical, uninteresting, unaesthetic, and incorrect.’’

It may have taken 116 years, but every nation participating in this year’s Olympics has offered a direct rebuttal to that antiquated opinion. “The Year of the Women’’ may be upon us in London.

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Owl competes in 100 cm sprint at London Zoo

The Olympic spirit is up and running at London Zoo on Thursday, as Bob the owl, takes on a 100 cm - yes - 100 cm sprint. Bob was participating in the zoo’s daily Animal Athletes in Action and showing off his unique running technique. The six inch tall owl works daily to beat his personal best time his keeper comments.

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Rafael Nadal pulls out of London Olympics

MADRID (AP) — Defending Olympic champion Rafael Nadal pulled out of the London Games with an undisclosed fitness problem Thursday, ending his chances of winning a second straight gold medal.

"I am not in condition to compete in the London Olympics and therefore will not travel as planned with the Spanish delegation to take part in the games," the third-ranked Spaniard said in a statement.

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Intrigue builds as the Olympic stadium is prepped for opening ceremonies

An aerial view of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium in east London, Friday, July 13, 2012, as its is prepared for the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympic summer games which start on July 27.


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UK military asked to cover 3,500 Olympic security worker shortfall

LONDON - Britain’s military was asked to provide an 3,500 extra personnel for the Olympic Games with only 16 days to go before the opening ceremony, government sources told NBC News on Wednesday.

Private security contractor G4S conceded it may not be able to supply the numbers of guards — made up of certified security workers and temporary recruits — it had originally agreed.

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Stonehenge transformed to glowing fairytale garden

World Heritage site Stonehenge is illuminated during an elemental Fire Garden display, which is part of the London 2012 Festival, in Salisbury, southern England July 10, 2012.

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Gigantic welcome for London Olympic attendees

Olympic Rings which have been mown into the grass by shire horses, at Richmond Park, in London. The Rings which are approximately 300 meters wide and over 135 meters tall, are visible on the Heathrow flight path, ready to welcome athletes and visitors to the London 2012 Games.

The photos were made available July 9 by the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

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Inside London’s Olympic Village: World’s top athletes to share college dorm-style rooms

LONDON — What will it be like for athletes like Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt as they eat, sleep and relax at London’s $1.5-billion Olympic Village? Think somewhere between a college dorm and freshly-painted motel.

In the first of a series of “Olympic sleepovers” designed to road-test the facilities, msnbc.com was invited to spend the night in the vast complex.

The verdict? Apartments are light and airy but far from luxurious: Only some have en-suite bathrooms, even fewer have balconies and there are no kitchens as all cooking will be done in a 24-hour cafeteria that seats 5,000.

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Young fan strains for glimpse of Olympic flame in England

A young girl squeezes between an honour guard of soldiers to get a glimpse of Johnson Beharry VC carrying the Olympic torch at the National War Memorial on Armed Forces Day, June 30, in Alrewas, Staffordshire, England. 

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Gymnasts compete for spot on Olympic team

U.S. gymnast Sabrina Vega competes on the balance beam in this multiple exposure photograph at the U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials in San Jose, Calif. June 29, 2012.

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