August 11, 2016 6:04 AM EDT


Readers responded passionately to TIME’s coverage of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, including our Aug. 8 cover image, featuring gymnast Simone Biles, who was profiled by Alice Park. The athlete seemed “strong, fierce and completely ready to make history,” wrote Erin Corbett for the website Bustle. On Instagram, Teresa Karolewicz responded with similar enthusiasm: “I can’t even contain my excitement!” Some, however, wished the magazine had devoted more space to some of the challenges of this year’s Olympics, including doping charges and fear about the Zika virus: “The Rio Olympics,” wrote Robert Harrington of De Pere, Wis., “obviously is a DISASTER.”


Many readers found Justin Worland’s Aug. 8 story about the link between sinking gas prices and the return of “gas-guzzling” vehicles upsetting. “Merely reducing emissions is way too little, way too late,” wrote David Cantor of Glenside, Pa., who called for rethinking whether cars are even necessary. William Coleman, an electric-car driver from Kirtland, Ohio, noted that “the system does not make it easy” for those who prefer that more eco-friendly option. Meanwhile, Jennifer Karches of Bowling Green, Ohio, said the article focused attention on the wrong problem. If people really want to reduce their carbon footprints, she wrote, they should focus on “the devastating effect animal agriculture has on our planet.”


Taking photos in pitch black can be tricky, but photographer Stuart Palley has mastered the art. “Ninety percent of it is preparation,” he says, “and 10% of it is the actual execution.” He shares his tips in a new TIME video. Watch it at


What does it take to fuel an Olympian? As part of TIME’s ongoing coverage of Rio 2016, we looked at the diets of athletes like U.S. rower Seth Weil (whose single-day food haul is represented above). Throughout the games, writers Alice Park and Sean Gregory will be reporting on the ground from Brazil, providing exclusive interviews with top athletes and quick analyses of the most exciting competitions. For full coverage, check out

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This appears in the August 22, 2016 issue of TIME.

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