UK Olympics

'Bloody Brilliant'

Posted 26.09.2012 | UK

Danny Boyle's "bloody brilliant" opening ceremony was hailed as a triumph tonight. The event, which featured a diverse cast including James Bond st...

Olympics: What's in a Flame?

Neil Sinclair | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK Sport
Neil Sinclair

I have always loved the Olympics and really wanted my troopers to experience the excitement of the greatest sporting event on earth first hand. So I tried everything I could to get tickets: I entered the ticket lotteries for the Olympics and Paralympics, and every competition to win tickets that I could find. But it was all to no avail. I could not get a single ticket. It would be fair to say I was bitterly disappointed.

Olympic Opening Ceremony: Minute-By-Minute Reaction

Jackie Barrie | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK Sport
Jackie Barrie

I'm particularly looking out for my friend - apparently, she's wearing a long dress and a curly wig and appears in the centre ring in the first section. For me, that will be the most exciting bit of the whole Games! They're all volunteers, you know, and have been rehearsing for weeks.

'This Is For Everyone'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.07.2012 | UK

Big name singers, actors and even the inventor of the world wide web spoke of their pride at being a part of London 2012's live opening ceremony. A...

London 2012 Is Here

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.07.2012 | UK

The Olympic party kicked off at 20.12pm on Friday. Giant balls with cameras inside, floating clouds, shifting blue silk sheets and a digital electr...

London Olympics: Function and Form

James Dyson | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK Sport
James Dyson

For the two weeks of the Olympics, London will be the most watched city in the world, seen by over a billion people. More than just an event for sporting achievement, the games are, for two weeks, a projection of London. But a look at the legacy of past games offers a cautionary tale that hosting the Olympics needs to be seen not just as a short-term event but a long-term investment. If China was the Olympics' golden darling, Britain is the austerity Olympics. The elaborate games in Beijing reflected a booming economy -- exports had grown a whopping 22%. The UK has taken a more modest approach: a reflection of a sobering market and steep cuts in government spending.

Red Arrows Perform Olympic Fly-By

PA | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK

The Red Arrows flashed across London on Friday in a thrilling flypast as the countdown to the start of the 2012 Olympic Games entered its final hours....

PICTURES: Who Did The Queen Meet At An Olympic Reception?

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK

Thousands flocked to London's Olympic Park on Friday for the spectacular opening ceremony heralding the start of the 2012 Games. Seven years of pla...

Chin Chin! Scots Create ‘Anti-Olympics’ Beer Containing ‘Banned’ Ingredients

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 30.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle

If you’re thinking of cracking open a bottle of beer to celebrate to London 2012 Games, why not take a swig of ale that would have Olympic trainers ...

The Olympics: A Global Platform for Women

Baroness Mary Goudie | Posted 27.07.2012 | UK Sport
Baroness Mary Goudie

2012 is the first year that every nation competing has a female athlete in their team. This is a significant step given that in the first modern Olympics held in 1896 women were excluded and it wasn't until 1900 that Charlotte Cooper, a British tennis player, became the first woman to win an Olympic medal.

London 2012 Live Blog

Posted 27.07.2012 | UK

Hello to all Huffington Post readers. In short today is a big day. Actually, it's the biggest of all days as the eyes of the world are on London for t...

Michael Rundle

PICS: 10 Gadgets Helping HuffPost Cover The London Games | Michael Rundle | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK Tech

We're really excited about the London Games - and also the fact that, as journalists, we're able to sneak into some of the best events without tickets...

Don't Forget Northern Ireland

Joseph Hayman | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK Politics
Joseph Hayman

It is a momentous day in our country, a day when eyes of the world will turn to us and we can celebrate being British. We will no doubt take much pride in Team Great Britain, but across the Irish Sea, a contested corner of the United Kingdom remains troubled.

Let the 2012 London Olympics Begin, Danny Boyle!

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK Sport
Preetam Kaushik

When Lord Sebastian Coe placed his bid for the 2012 summer Olympics to be held in London, he pledged that the bid would include a legacy which would make about two million people in the country take up sports and other physical activities thanks to the infrastructure hosting the games would bring.

It's the Beginning of the End, So Let's Enjoy It

Sri Sritharan | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK Sport
Sri Sritharan

Tonight's Opening Ceremony for the London Olympics will undoubtedly bring wry smiles and pangs of melancholy to those attending. Though there is another part of the capital which will do just as much. In fact it's already at it.

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.

Is this a Very British Olympics Already?

Yousif Nur | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK Sport
Yousif Nur

So at last! After years of preparation, billions spent and multi-national corporations flashing their products in your face, the big show commences in a matter of hours, the chance of a lifetime has finally arrived: the sun has come out!

Welsh Footballers Criticised For Snubbing National Anthem

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 27.07.2012 | UK

Welsh footballers Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy have been heavily criticised by the public for their refusal to sing the British national anthem at the...

Live TV is Social

Larry Weber | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK Tech
Larry Weber

As London gears up for the Olympics, marketers are getting ready for what many believe will be the first social media Olympiad. At the centre of events, the largest audience will be held by live television - the content distribution channel that has dominated audience figures for decades and shows no sign of giving up its top spot.

Best Olympic Advert Yet?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.07.2012 | UK

Optician chain Specsavers appears to have won the hotly-contested gold for Olympic advertising with an all-time great advert poking fun at the Korean ...

Jacques Rogge, You Have Let Terror Win Today

Dermot Kehoe | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK Politics
Dermot Kehoe

When Ankie Spitzer, widow of Andre Spitzer, stretched out her hands to Jacques Rogge, the International Olympic Committee president, and begged him to hold a minute's silence, he refused. "My hands are tied" he said. "No," Ankie replied: "Your hands are not tied. My husband's hands were tied, so were here his feet, when he was murdered. That was having your hands tied."

Give the Games a Chance: Sydney and Athens Tempered My Olympic Scepticism

Andrew Gray | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK Sport
Andrew Gray

When I landed in Sydney to cover my first Olympic Games, the signs were not encouraging. The signs in question said "Olympic Family" - pointing the way through the airport for all of us involved with the 2000 Games.

A Home Games But for Whom?

Mark Perryman | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK Sport
Mark Perryman

As the games begin for those who like me love their sport it will be a feast. But this is no reason not to imagine how much better they could have been, after all for most of us we won't see their like on these shores again in our lifetimes. What a waste.

'Britain Open For Business'

PA | Posted 26.07.2012 | UK

International movers and shakers visiting London for the Olympics gathered at Clarence House to hear that Britain is "open for business". The Princ...

Paul Vale

Old Trafford Hosts Olympic Opener For Team GB | Paul Vale | Posted 26.07.2012 | UK Sport

“It's hard to know just how well it will turn out," said Mitt Romney on Wednesday when asked about London’s hosting of the Olympics. It is a s...