UK Olympics

Four Paralympians Ran The 1500m Quicker Than Olympic Gold Medallist Did

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK

Four Paralympians ran the 1500m in a quicker time than the Olympian who won gold did. Algeria’s Abdellatif Baka, who is visually impaired, won gold ...

Host City Criticism Is The New Olympic Sport

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Sport
Preetam Kaushik

The number of sports featured in the Olympic Games, for various reasons, changes constantly. The 2016 Rio de Janeiro event had 28 games, as had the previous three Olympics since 2000. In 2012, the games in London had only 26 after baseball and softball were dropped by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Why Are Paralympians Being Treated As Second Class Athletes?

Charlie Proctor | Posted 11.09.2016 | UK Sport
Charlie Proctor

With the Olympics, every single sporting event was filmed by the host broadcaster and was available for audiences to watch. With the Paralympics, it has been a completely different story. There are currently no television cameras being used at all to record some sporting events including the rowing. As a result, Channel 4 resorted to sending their own camera crews out to the rowing venue so viewers in the UK could enjoy at least some sort of coverage. When a country can't even commit to providing cameras and live coverage of all sporting events, should they even be allowed to host the games?

Mo Farah 'Humiliated' At Airport But Witnesses Claim Wife Was Abusive After Arriving Late

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK

Tania Farah has claimed her husband, Mo, was “humiliated” at a US airport and forced to go to the back of the queue by staff who refused to believ...

What We Can Learn From The Olympic Cycling Team

Sarah Newton | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Sport
Sarah Newton

For three Olympic cycles now, Team Great Britain have delivered and continue to dominate and their mindset fascinates me. Yes, the sport is well funded, yes they have the best coaches, etc., but what these cyclists really have is a mindset edge over their competitors that we could all do with a bit more of.

The Olympic & Paralympic Games? Excellence Divided

Mik Scarlet | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Sport
Mik Scarlet

I am positive that combining the Olympics and Paralympics would create a truly inclusive event and would get more people to see the various sports, both in person and via the media, ensuring the we begin to see disabled people becoming global celebrities on a par with Usain Bolt and Mo Farrah.

How Britain's Olympics Success Makes the Case For The Basic Income

Martin Whitlock | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Sport
Martin Whitlock

Whether as entrepreneurs, artists, carers, inventors, makers, designers or anything else, if we are to fulfil our potential and make our contribution to society we need the time and opportunity to develop every aspect of our talents, capacities and personalities. The Universal Basic Income isn't about picking winners, but acknowledging that everybody has the capacity to win.

Team GB Is In Great Shape, Shame About The Rest of Us

Andrew Keith Walker | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Sport
Andrew Keith Walker

But why are we making such a big effort to succeed in an international sporting arena that appears to be rife with cheats, corruption, dirty politics and whatever you call Ryan Lochte? Has the balance of public sport funding swung to far towards the bling and away from the council footie pitch?

Why Gary Lineker's Wrong About The Olympics!

Gordon Bryan | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Sport
Gordon Bryan

So Gary, dear Gary, yes you might think it dull to hear yet again that people find that watching other sports shows up how obnoxious the cheating and time wasting is in football, but the reason it's said every time, is because it's still just as true now as it was the last time, and as it will be the next time too.

Rio Olympics Represents So Much More Than Just The Medals

Johnny Luk | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Sport
Johnny Luk

To me sports breaks down social barriers because it strips everything to the basic level. It leaves little to interpretation. You are measured by your ability, not skin colour and that authenticity is both refreshing in an increasingly wishy-washy world, and motivating for those who want it enough.

Max Whitlock: 'I Had No Idea How My Body Would Cope At Rio'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 27.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

It’s safe to say that Max Whitlock is the golden boy of this year’s Olympics. The 23-year-old gymnast brought home two gold medals and a bronze fr...

Few Countries Could Hope To Match Team GB In Rio - Let's Enjoy It

Stephen Mayne | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Sport
Stephen Mayne

Only a small number of countries are big enough, rich enough, and obsessed enough with sport to have the luxury of losing count of medals over the course of any single day. As our team returns home victorious, it shouldn't be ignored or taken for granted. It's something to celebrate.

Outright Nationalism Is Donald Trump's Next Trick

Paul Blanchard | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Blanchard

I still think that Donald Trump might just win the Presidential election. Nationalism is extreme patriotism; a feeling of superiority over other countries. The causes are historic for both the UK and US...many citizens in both the US and UK see their countries as having a 'superior' backstory filled with heroic deeds and victories.

In The US During The Olympics - Missing The BBC

Jackie Kemp | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jackie Kemp

Why can't I watch the BBC outside the UK? If it is to do with contracts for selling content abroad, they should change the contracts. The world is changing. NBC is getting punished by viewers for its approach. Many, like me, would be happy to subscribe to an IBC channel. Lucky viewers in the UK, know that your BBC TV service is gold.

We are the Champions: What the Olympics tells us about industrial strategy

Gavin Devine | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK
Gavin Devine

Theresa May, Philip Hammond and Greg Clarke might observe that planning works, it is possible to pick winners, and an industrial strategy could well lead to Olympian results. But they should also see that sustainable success requires lots of money, spent over the long term, and it requires money for infrastructure as well as the day-to-day.

What Can We Learn From Olympic Coaches?

Damian Hughes | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK Sport
Damian Hughes

Most people possess a model of the world, a script for how things should be. What stops innovation is the lack of willingness to double back and revisit our scripts and determine whether they are helpful or not... it's not working harder but working smarter which is what double loop thinking requires us to do.

Harnessing Olympic Success?

Zoe Mellis | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK Sport
Zoe Mellis

Perhaps it is too much for us to expect that the Olympics, even with Team GB's success, could get people more active just as a by-product. There's a huge difference between cheering on Andy Murray from the comfort of the settee to actually getting out on a tennis court to have a go.

Will Rio 2016 Inspire A Generation Desperately In Need?

Thomas Church | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK Sport
Thomas Church

Much of the conversation since has been on the cost of funding to Olympic Sports (although most comes from the Lottery Fund). Is it worth it? Here in this park, watching young people come together to do calisthenics (body-weight exercise), the answer is definitely yes.

Faster, Higher, Stronger: Celebrating The Humanitarian Spirit At The Rio Olympics And Onwards

Unni Krishnan | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK
Unni Krishnan

In wars and disaster zones, a simple explanation is that humanity is a force that advances the idea of life, with dignity. To strengthen the idea of humanity for people caught in conflicts, epidemics and disasters, we could borrow some ideas from the Olympic motto: Citius (faster), Altius (higher) and Fortius (stronger).

Fawcett Awards Medals For Worst Offenders In The #SexistOlympics

Sam Smethers | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK Sport
Sam Smethers

Perhaps by the time Tokyo 2020 rolls around, we will begin to see female athletes' and commentators sporting abilities and talents the primary focus of media attention. We have also seen women across the world achieving some remarkable things and being duly credited for them. However, despite 39% of team GB medal-winners being women, it is still an arena in which women are treated as second-class competitors.

There Are Some Stunning Responses To The EU's Olympic Medal Table Brag

The Huffington Post | Ryan Barrell | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK Comedy

Olympic fever is still with us, even though the Games ended earlier this week, and the European Parliament has attempted to capitalise on the post-Rio...

Team GB - A Brand You Can Believe In

Helen Rosethorn | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK
Helen Rosethorn

Team GB is a great brand that has carefully built its relevance in our lives. And the vast majority of people believe - in what they stand for, the purpose they set out to achieve and now after an extraordinary two weeks the substance that has been assembled in their extraordinary medal tally the underpins their brand story.

Why Scouts Are Winning Gold And Gaining The Skills To Succeed

Jack Abrey | Posted 22.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Abrey

Bear Grylls has talked about Scouting as a 'character factory' and Joe Clarke is one of its finest exports. It is his belief in himself and strength of character that sets him apart

The Olympic Tennis Was Basically Played On A Giant Green Screen

The Huffington Post | Ryan Barrell | Posted 22.08.2016 | UK Comedy

Many of this year’s Olympic events were held in areas with bright green walls, floors and backdrops. As some internet users have noticed, this makes...

Irish Olympic Officials Have Passports And Laptops Seized In Illegal Ticketing Investigation

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 21.08.2016 | UK

Three Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) officials have had their passports, phones and laptops seized by Brazilian police as part of the investigation ...