The great stagnation

Reasearch says Olympic athletes have reached their biological limits

Updated: July 11, 2012, 4:29 PM ET
By Peter Keating | ESPN The Magazine

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED on the way to the London Olympics: Athletes stopped breaking world records. Remember the run-up to Beijing in 2008, when the sports world was abuzz over how many marks Michael Phelps would smash? He set seven world records there but hasn't bested a global time since 2009. The Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010 provided plenty of drama but few record-shattering wins -- Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo's highest-ever score in pairs figure skating wasn't exactly a ...

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