UK Olympics

WATCH: It's The Happiest Olympic Volunteer Worker

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.07.2012 | UK Comedy

The Olympics always throws up a few unlikely stars - and London 2012 has already done just that. Ladies and gentlemen, allow us to present... The Happ...

Sod the Olympics: Why My Band is Making an Olympics T-Shirt

John Robb | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK Sport
John Robb

I come from the time when the Olympics was about taking part, or that's what we were brought up to believe- I have no problem with the athletes making millions- they put everything on the line to compete and I respect the ones that came last as much as the ones that come first- anyone who gets in a gym and trains is getting my nod.

Five Inspirational Qualities of Olympic Athletes

Danielle Collins | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK
Danielle Collins

London 2012 is well under way and every moment of it is full of a variety of amazing human beings showcasing a variety of incredible skills. Despite the obvious differences between each sporting discipline and between each individual Athlete there seems to be one similarity that's consistent with them all.

ON...London Welcomes the World - It's Boris's 'BIG ONE'

Martin Treanor | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Martin Treanor

So it's Friday 27th July 2012 and, after 7 years of exhausting preparations, London is welcoming the world. For my part, I'm standing at Charing Cros...

Our Island Story

Sunder Katwala | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK Politics
Sunder Katwala

"The isle is full of noises", read the tempestuous pledge on the giant Olympic bell. From the moment that our latest British sporting great, the Belgian-born cycling hero Bradley Wiggins, rang the giant Whitechapel bell, and Kenneth Branagh began to narrate a story of this sceptred isle, Danny Boyle's opening ceremony certainly delivered on the promise.

Why Brazil Need the Champions League to Become Champions of the World

William Barns-Graham | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK Sport
William Barns-Graham

No European team has won the World Cup on South American soil. Argentina and Brazil tend to enjoy home advantage and Brazil will certainly hope to take advantage come 2014.

Taking Inspiration From Olympic Competitors: Rwanda's Adrien Nyonshuti

Noam Schimmel | Posted 30.07.2012 | UK Sport
Noam Schimmel

When we think of the competitors in the Olympics it's natural that we focus on their athletic talents and efforts. After all, that's what brings them to compete in the Olympics.

Conditional Love for the Olympics

Michael Volpe | Posted 27.09.2012 | UK Sport
Michael Volpe

A billion words have been written about the opening ceremony so I won't add to them, save to say that it has given a little boost to the nation's feelings for the Games which nevertheless still teeter on the line between a full embrace and complete intolerance.

Who's That Girl? In the Indian Olympic Contingent

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK Sport
Laxmi Hariharan

The morning after the opening ceremony, here I was in London; still high from the emotions the event had evoked in me, moved by its passion, touched by its genuine soul, when my husband chuckled, "Have you seen the headlines in the Indian newspapers?"

Going For Gold

PA | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK Sport

Divers Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield will bid to continue the British medal success of Lizzie Armitstead and Rebecca Adlington on Monday as they compe...

Team GB have Their First Win, and Now Their Last Chance

Richard Berry | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK Sport
Richard Berry

Team GB's men's football team have improved markedly in each of the first three games of their reincarnation. Although the opposition faced has been progressively weaker every time, the growing understanding among Team GB players has been very encouraging.

Could Team GB Suffer a Psychological Disadvantage in the Olympics From Being the Host Nation?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK Sport
Dr Raj Persaud

New research about to be published by a team of Canadian psychologists suggests that Team GB may suffer a significant psychological disadvantage from competing in front of wildly supportive home audiences.

Team GB Handed A Heavy Defeat

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 29.07.2012 | UK Sport

The men of of Great Britain's handball team were handsomely applauded off the court on Sunday night, despite suffering a comprehensive 44-15 defeat to...

Opening Ceremony 'NHS Hospital Beds' To Be Donated To Tunisia

PA | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK

More than 300 hospital beds which featured in the Olympics opening ceremony to celebrate the NHS are to be donated to hospitals in Tunisia. The lum...

Troops, Students And Teachers Fill Gaps In Games

PA | Posted 29.07.2012 | UK

Troops, students and teachers could all be asked to fill gaps left in empty Olympic stadiums, Lord Coe has said. Members of the military are being ...

Are All Faiths Able to Participate in and Benefit From the Games?

Professor Emma Tarlo | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK Sport
Professor Emma Tarlo

Many Muslim women both in Britain and around the world are excluded or discouraged from taking up sports owing to their desire to maintain stricter standards of modesty than sports clothes allow. And Muslims are not alone.

A Dream of the Nation We Might Strive to Be

Joseph Hayman | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK Politics
Joseph Hayman

When the party is over, there will be much hard work to be done to address our anxieties and to rebuild our sense of community; for now, let us enjoy the Britain we saw and felt last night and not forget the dream of the secure, happy nation that we might strive to be.

A Tale of Two Cities

Lindsey German | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK Politics
Lindsey German

There was a strange disconnect between the historical pageant which opened the Olympic Games and reality in London today-not to mention the plutocrats in the VIP seats. While people cheered the suffragettes, the CND symbol, the lesbian kiss, the Sex Pistols, and of course the NHS, in the real austerity Britain the politicians and businessmen watching are bringing us more wars, privatising everything in sight and curtailing the right to protest.

The British and Their Search for Happiness

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Stefan Simanowitz

Whilst the onset of hot weather and the start of the Olympic Games might give us a much needed boost of joy, we can rest assured that even if the rains return and team GB fails to win a single medal, the stoical people of Britain will still be able to muster a smile at themselves and continue their elusive search for happiness.

London 2012 Olympics: The Staging Ground for the Coming Police State?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK
John W. Whitehead

"As London prepares to throw the world a $14 billion party, it seems fair to ask the question: What does it get out of the bargain?" asks the Christia...

The Couch Olympiad: The View from Down Under

Jacqui Evans | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK Sport
Jacqui Evans

The kettle was boiled. The tea was made. There we were, piled onto the sofa, waiting for the greatest show on earth to grace our television screen. I knew it was going to be good.

The Armchair Spectator: Dancing Horses, Flaming Arrows - and Handball

Ben Wakeling | Posted 27.09.2012 | UK Sport
Ben Wakeling

The sun has set on the first full day of the Olympics, although at the time of writing the matches are not yet over. In fact, I have one eye on Brazil v Turkey in the volleyball, and another on Natalia Partyka's excellent form in the table tennis. If I had a third eye, I'm almost certain it'd be watching the basketball or the boxing.

My Life in the Opening Ceremony Soundtrack

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 27.09.2012 | UK Sport
Laxmi Hariharan

So by now most agree that Beijing had money but the London Olympics opening ceremony had soul, and that it was gloriously, quirkily, quintessentially British.

Comedy and Creativity, Energy and Warmth - the London 2012 Opening Ceremony

Sandie Dawe | Posted 27.09.2012 | UK Sport
Sandie Dawe

Each Olympics opening ceremony says something about its host nation - and Friday night told a tale of Britain that made us proud, amused and delighted the world. The longest ad for Britain ever seen - and watched by an estimated one billion viewers.

London 2012 Opening Ceremony - An Insider's View

Layla Anna-Lee | Posted 27.09.2012 | UK Sport
Layla Anna-Lee

Hearing the words, "The Queen will pass this room in five minutes, I'm going to have to block your door and not let you out for a short period, if you need the loo could you go now please?" was rather surreal. Almost as surreal as hearing, "The Queen left half a bottle of gin, anyone want some?"