Athletes

The Athlete: The Next Generation's New Role Model

Sian Elvin | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sian Elvin

What better example can we use for children when explaining that sometimes, you will have failures, but if you work hard enough then you will succeed eventually? Athletes also prove too that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it.

Stop Hating Your Body

Jessica Smith | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Smith

I've struggled with negative body image my entire life. Born missing my left arm and then at 18 months of age suffering third degree burns to 14% of my body after knocking boiling water on myself while struggling to get used to a prosthetic arm. I grew up looking and feeling different - in a society where so much emphasis is placed on physical appearance and the desire for perfection - I felt isolated and alone.

The Five Sexiest Uniforms at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Liz Marie | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Marie

What ever am I going to do with my nights now that I won't be swooning over the talented Olympic athletes looking ever so dashing (AKA sexy) in their uniforms. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: There is just something so attractive about an athlete in an Olympic uniform.

Fashion at Sochi:Who Wears It Best?

The Conversation UK | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Sport
The Conversation UK

So, your country is one of 88 participating in the Winter Olympics in Sochi 2014. How do you get noticed? The winter games may not get as much coverage as the those in the summer, so fashion is used as a marketing ploy, blinding us all with patriotic peacocking.

My beginning

Luke Barnatt | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Sport
Luke Barnatt

When I was 21 I had never competed in any kind of martial art. I came across mixed martial arts (MMA) when a former colleague Jack Mason introduced me to the sport and it changed my life.

Mont Blanc

Siza Agha | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Sport
Siza Agha

It's May, an alpine red two carriage train pulls into the modest dated platform of the station at uptown Chamonix...Amidst the sprinkling of tourists, hardcore climbers and off piste skiers were an unlikely group of virgin adventurers freshly kitted out for their first taste of the real mountains.

Vegan Veteran Wins Women's Race in North Pole Marathon

Jasmijn de Boo | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK Sport
Jasmijn de Boo

On 9 April, vegan athlete Fiona Oakes, 43, won the women's race in the North Pole Marathon in -28°C, breaking a course record by 44 minutes despite the worst conditions in the race's history.

Teaching in the Zone

Gordon Sutton | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gordon Sutton

As the last of the Autumn leaves fall and memories of London 2012 start to recede, various highlights will surely remain such as the unexpected tears of Sir Chris Hoy, perhaps. Or maybe the exhilaration of the Mobot moment.

Hoping for Longevity in Squash

James Willstrop | Posted 11.12.2012 | UK Sport
James Willstrop

Most of the off-court work I do is in part an insurance policy, which I hope will offset the damage I have inflicted on my body over 25 years, during which I have dragged the poor thing relentlessly around a glass box in to positions it was never designed to make.

Engineering an Olympic Legacy

James Baker | Posted 19.11.2012 | UK
James Baker

Like the rest of the nation, I was gripped by the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. I've witnessed incredible achievements and developed a passion for sports like taekwondo, Keirin cycling and Finn class sailing that I hadn't seen before, but that had me on the edge of - and frequently leaping out of - my seat.

Why World Records Matter

Mark Bayliss | Posted 18.11.2012 | UK Sport
Mark Bayliss

The record I set was for the Enduroman Arch to Arc, a 290mile ultra distance triathlon that involves running, swimming and cycling from London to Paris. Before me, only 10 athletes had ever completed the challenge... It's a pretty tough nut to crack.

My Olympic Training Experience

Caroline Sandry | Posted 29.10.2012 | UK Sport
Caroline Sandry

I learnt so much from my short time at the Powerade Sports Academy: firstly that sportspeople from all over the world are incredibly open, friendly and humble. Secondly that you can always find that little bit extra and thirdly I learnt so many tips on how to be a better sportsperson.

Now We Can Start Ignoring Each Other Again - Post Olympic Mania

Kerry Hudson | Posted 22.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Hudson

Now the main games are over, the general public of London commuters seem to be back to their old selves - if a stranger speaks to them on the Tube they pretend they don't hear for being engrossed in their book.

Adam Gemili Faulty Pass Disqualifies Team GB 4x100m

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 10.08.2012 | UK

Team GB'S Great Britain men's 4x100 metres team have been disqualified after promising teen Adam Gemili took the baton outside of the designated box -...

Out at the Olympics

B.J. Epstein | Posted 08.10.2012 | UK Sport
B.J. Epstein

There are more than 10,000 athletes from 204 countries (technically, Olympic committees) competing in 302 events in 26 sports at the Olympics in London this summer.

Don't Compare Olympians and Footballers

Doron Salomon | Posted 07.10.2012 | UK Sport
Doron Salomon

It's that time of the four year cycle that Olympic athletes get compared to our more regular, familiar, stars. As comparisons go, it's hugely unfair. Predominantly it's footballers, but the prima donna attitude of other stars such as Kevin Pietersen has seen sportsmen in a whole variety of disciplines compared too.

Multiple Exposure Shots Show Ethereal Side Of The Olympics (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 06.10.2012 | Home

American gold medalist Gabby Douglas on the uneven bars These multiple exposure shots slow down the haste of the Games and give these Olympians a...

Olympics: A Story Which Deserves to Be Told

David Fearnhead | Posted 03.10.2012 | UK Sport
David Fearnhead

On Monday morning, 6 August, at approximately five minutes past ten a 30-year-old Italian will take to the track to compete in her very first Olympic Games. To the ranks of media her name will just be one of many on a list. Indeed when I tried to sell her story to the British press, they didn't have room to tell it.

Five Clubs to Find an Olympic Athlete in London

Party Earth | Posted 01.10.2012 | UK Sport
Party Earth

For the last four years, the superhuman athletes that will be competing this summer have been abstaining from any and all tempting behaviors in their quest for gold.

PICTURES: London 2012 Male Athletes Get The 'Beach Volleyball' Treatment

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle

From trouser-rubbing reportage courtesy of The Sun to helpful picture galleries of women's beach volleyball matches via The Metro, media coverage of L...

Ouch! The Olympic Stars Ending Games In Injury

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.08.2012 | UK

It's the worst way to end four years of hard work, when your moment in the Olympic spotlight ends with an injury. London 2012 athletes have had the...

London's Tryst With Olympics

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK Sport
Preetam Kaushik

London is a great tourist destination and the Olympics have always added that extra appeal, for it highlights human skill and efforts. The spotlight is turned on London where the 2012 Olympics are being held. London promises to put on a great show.

How I Found My Olympic Mojo

Janet Awe | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK
Janet Awe

Reading about the athletes reminded me that such pride and inspiration is a key ingredient of the Olympics. These people have worked unbelievably hard to reach the top of their game and in the coming days they'll be competing at world-class level, representing their country, in front of their home crowd.

Olympic Games, Olympic Lanes and the Death of Life as We Know It

Olivia Rose | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK
Olivia Rose

To be honest, the Olympics really scare me. And I actually mean it. The thought of the Olympics fills me with nothing but dread and a queasy sense of claustrophobia... Just how bad is it going to get, folks?

Why the London Olympics Really Matter for Women

Sue Tibballs | Posted 24.09.2012 | UK Sport
Sue Tibballs

We at the Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation believe that the London 2012 Olympics will be the best ever for women. These are some of the reasons why...