Rio de Janeiro's endless beaches and lush tropical forest will be a photographer's dream during the 2016 Olympics. But zoom in on the likes of once-pristine Guanabara Bay, and the picture is of household trash and raw sewage.
DEREK GATOPOULO - APThe Olympic flame-lighting ceremony for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi has been held in Greece.
Russian cosmonauts carry Olympic torch to International Space Station ahead of winter games at Sochi.
STEPHEN WILSON - APRule changes to reward aggressive wrestling among adjustments made to get the ancient sport reinstated at the Olympics.
New Zealand Olympic Committee boss Kereyn Smith has hailed the choice of Tokyo as host city for the 2020 Olympics.
Australian Olympians must co-operate fully with anti-doping agency or face exclusion from the Olympics.
A man who threw a plastic beer bottle onto the track and shouted abuse at Usain Bolt before the men's 100-metre final at the Olympics will be electronically tagged for eight weeks.
GREG FORD - © Fairfax NZ NewsAmid the hue and cry of Olympics dramas for Val Adams there was another affected Kiwi athlete, calmly going about her business.
JESSICA MADDOCK IN WANAKA - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe countdown is on to the Winter Olympics, which start in Sochi, Russia, in just over a year.
Three cities bidding for the 2020 Olympics submit their plans for the Games, eight months ahead of when the IOC will announce the host.
Marc Hinton looks back on the joyous days of the London Olympics and rates a Kiwi campaign that positively dripped gold.
TONY SMITH - © Fairfax NZ NewsRoly Crichton turned his back on a Timaru coaching job because he would have been "crazy" to end his partnership with Sophie Pascoe.
World champion kayaker Lisa Carrington says an Olympic Games gold medal "comes with a lot of expectation" but a wealth of opportunities too.
A poll finds gold medal wins by rower Mahe Drysdale and kayaker Lisa Carrington were NZ's most popular medal moments at London 2012.
SIMON PLUMB - © Fairfax NZ NewsAthletics New Zealand faces an uneasy wait after being shut out of Sports Minister Murray McCully's investigation into its errors at the London Olympics.
JONATHAN MILLMOW - © Fairfax NZ NewsWith the pain of narrowly missing an Olympic medal fresh in her mind Black Sticks' captain Kayla Sharland is set to take an indefinite break.
The trophy won by the marathon winner at the 1896 Olympics has gone on display for the first time in Greece.
IAN ANDERSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsOlympic champion Mahe Drysdale says he is thinking about Rio Olympics all the time.
MARC HINTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsAthletics New Zealand officials are now ducking for cover.
STACEY KIRK - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe leader of Belarus is calling for his own debriefing into the country's abysmal display at the London Olympics.
FRED WOODCOCK - © Fairfax NZ NewsIn the mad rush to get on the plane back home Andrew Nicholson forgot to pack his prized Olympic bronze medal.
Fans thrilled to see favourite Olympians
A moment's silence to remember the New Zealand soldiers who died in Afghanistan has started the Olympic welcome-home event.
The government official in charge of Brazil's preparations for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics said hotel shortages will not be a problem for either event.
British sailor Ben Ainslie has moved to temper reports he will chase more Olympic glory in 2016.
South Korean Olympic badminton players and a coach have had suspensions for throwing matches reduced.
KATE CHAPMAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsAn investigation into the admin errors that affected shot putter Valerie Adams' Olympic performance is underway and will be robust.
Usain Bolt is a definite starter for another Olympic Games, opening up the possibility of more sprint records or an attempt at other events.
SAM WORTHINGTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsOlympic bronze medallist Peter Taylor was centre of attention as he showed off his prized possession at his old school, Wellesley College.
TOM WITHERS - APLeBron James squeezed his mom's hands, the way he did as a kid. Moments before being honoured again in his hometown, James stood among family members and friends.
TREVOR MCKEWEN - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: So the Minister for Sport has summoned representatives from the Valerie Adams camp and the NZOC to his Beehive office.
For Nadzeya Ostapchuk, it started with the realisation that she could not possibly beat Valerie Adams. There was no way.
LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe NZOC's golden glow is over as it faces criticism from a major sponsor and comes under scrutiny from the minister of sport. | Only way to win
Kiwi Olympic Gold medallists looking to cash in on their new-found fame can expect ''bread and butter'' rather than ''gold and jewels''.
Victory was never in doubt for Valerie Adams at the Diamond League meeting in Stockholm, Sweden.
STACEY KIRK - © Fairfax NZ NewsComments on sites dedicated to Nadzeya Ostapchuk show how "small town" Kiwis can be.
Gold medallist was overseas for four months but still copped a $900 fine for driving a car with registration that had been only expired a week.
NEDA VANOVAC - AAPBack on home soil after a whirlwind Olympic campaign, Australia's swimmers admit they did underestimated the pressure.
STACEY KIRK - © Fairfax NZ NewsShe is possibly one of the most reviled people in New Zealand right now.
Belarusian government launches probe after "raving mad" shot putter smears Kiwi champion.
Belarus is a country that actively helps its athletes to get around anti-doping rules, according to Valerie Adams' coach.
Newly-declared Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams has opened up on her strained relationship with the New Zealand Olympic Committee.
LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ NewsDaniel Bell is resigned to losing a significant portion of funding, to the point where he is considering cafe work to subsidise his career.
'It's four years more experience'
NATHAN BURDON - © Fairfax NZ NewsEddie Dawkins was the first Southland Olympian to arrive home yesterday and his focus is already on Rio 2016.
Disgraced Belarusian shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk has accused Valerie Adams of also taking drugs.
ROJE ADAIMY - AAPAlicia Coutts may have five Olympic medals around her neck, but the Australian swimmer has already set herself a new challenge: breaking a world record.
NZ's Olympic heroes return home, saying they want to repay the debt they owe the public.
After "bringing home the bacon", Olympic cycling bronze medallist Simon van Velthooven is already eyeing greater feats.
OPINION: The most important thing that happened at the Olympics was something Grenada's Kirani James did.
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