10 Sports Stories to Watch For in 2012

Looking ahead to the Olympics, the Cardinals without Albert Pujols, the turbo NBA season, and more

phelpsbanner.jpg
Atlantic writers survey the biggest stories on their beats See full coverage

The biggest sports stories of 2012 can be divided into two categories: the Olympics, and everything else. The Summer Games kick off in London on July 27, the closest a summer Olympics has been to the U.S. since the infamous Atlanta Olympics of 1996.

Beijing Olympics stars Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt will look to top their scintillating 2008 performances, while the British hosts salivate for the tennis events at Wimbledon and the soccer events, well, everywhere. And with one of the world's most prestigious cities serving as the host, the "Games of the XXX Olympiad" (that's 30 people, take your minds out of the gutter) are shaping up to be one of the greatest sporting events ever.

The Olympics join a shortened, madcap NBA season, and the Albert Pujols-less Cardinals as stories to watch for in the coming year:

Presented by

Jake Simpson is a New York-based writer.

The Blacksmith: A Short Film About Art Forged From Metal

"I'm exploiting the maximum of what you can ask a piece of metal to do."

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

Video

Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

Video

An Ingenious 360-Degree Time-Lapse

Watch the world become a cartoonishly small playground

Video

The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

Video

The Rise of the Cat Tattoo

How a Brooklyn tattoo artist popularized the "cattoo"

More in Entertainment

Just In