London Dreams

In this special editorial series, CultureMap will tell the stories — both local and national — behind the London Games. We'll highlight athletes from Texas and national figures like Michael Phelps. And because the world's largest sports event isn't just about sports, there will be stories on the fashion, the parties, the products and the breakout moments.

Usain Bolt relay

Usain Bolt blows away U.S. bores: Bests smug Phelps, diva Hope Solo & Old Man Costas in Olympic run

By Chris Baldwin - August 11th, 2012

The Most Interesting Olympian in the World does not keep a secret girlfriend — who he promptly leaves behind to party with the guys. The Most Interesting Olympian in the World does not act like a petulant diva for years, almost tearing apart ...

Olympics, London, Olympic rings, symbols

Breaking up is hard to do: Wacky closing ceremony marks end of bittersweet Olympic romance

By Michael Graupmann - August 13th, 2012

I don't know if y'all are as bummed as I am about the London Olympics coming to a close, but I'm taking it pretty hard. After nearly a month of watching NBC's melodramatic hyper-coverage of these superhumans and ...