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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...

Royal Turnout To Welcome Olympic Torch

Posted 26.07.2012 | UK

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have welcomed the Olympic Torch to Buckingham Palace as it nears the end of its marathon journey. ...

The Olympics – Shakespeare, Nelson and Noises Ringing Hollow

Stephen Corry | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK Sport
Stephen Corry

The Olympic bell is inscribed, "The isle is full of noises", from Shakespeare's Tempest. The speech in which it figures will apparently be used in the opening ceremony on 27 July. Are the words supposed to arouse feelings of respect for Britain or, hopefully and more likely,

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?

Make Children the Real Winners of London 2012

David Beckham | Posted 30.12.2012 | Home
David Beckham

The eve of the London 2012 Olympics is finally here. For the next two weeks we will all be cheering on Team GB, hoping our athletes will realise the Olympic dreams they have trained so hard for. But I hope they will not be the only winners of these Olympic Games. I hope the 180 million children who are currently suffering from the hidden hunger crisis - known as stunting - will be able to steal some of the limelight too.

The Olympics - Welcome to the Machine

Annie Machon | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK Politics
Annie Machon

Because of the Olympic Games, London has gone into full martial law lock-down. Never before in peace-time has the capital city of the formerly Great Britain seen such a military 'defensive' presence.

Bad at Sports (Good at Spelling): Why Don't I Care about the Olympics?

Kate Harrad | Posted 24.09.2012 | UK Sport
Kate Harrad

When I think about the reasons for not liking sports, my answer comes down to this: school

Britain To Be One Of Olympics' 'Biggest Winners'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.07.2012 | UK

Great Britain is likely to be one of the biggest winners in this year's Olympics, boasting an impressive rise from their performance at the Beijing ga...

London 2012: Whatever Happened to the Standing Long Jump?

Simon Welfare | Posted 24.09.2012 | UK
Simon Welfare

In the Olympic Café, just a bacon buttie's throw from Wembley Stadium, enthusiasm for the London Olympics was decidedly muted. But then this was 2002: even the Athens Games were still a couple of years away, and whatever goes for tumbleweed in East London was still blowing through the unregenerated Lower Lea Valley.

Duke And Duchess' Sporting Day Out

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.07.2012 | UK

Sports coaches of tomorrow have shown off their training skills for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The royals visited an acade...