UK Olympics

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...

George Gideon Osborne: Profile of a World Class Debt Increaser

Tiernan Douieb | Posted 24.09.2012 | UK Politics
Tiernan Douieb

In the early moments of this morning it all became clear that we had a champion at the helm. After months and months of worry, indications that he may not carry it off, and general concern that after everything he's done, everything he's put himself and the country though, that we might not make it.

'Risk-Based' Security Checks Would Ease Border Queues Claim MPs

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.07.2012 | UK

Risk-based checks at the UK's borders should be brought back to help ease queues, MPs have said. A pilot scheme, scrapped in the wake of last year'...

Bad News Is Bad News

Mark Fletcher-Brown | Posted 24.09.2012 | UK
Mark Fletcher-Brown

But if you were thinking of going to the Olympics next week, might you be less inclined to do so as a result of the coverage of security problems. And if coverage creates fear, should journalists be held responsible for the way that they choose to cover particular stories?

From Scepticism to Excitement: Loving the Olympics and It's Just Getting Started

Katherine Baldwin | Posted 24.09.2012 | UK Sport
Katherine Baldwin

But as soon as I entered the Olympic Park, my fraught journey became a distant memory. Suddenly I wanted to be there all the time, every day, for all the events. I wanted to be part of this amazing atmosphere, among all these friendly people from all over the world (granted, the sunshine probably helped). Spare tickets, anyone?

How Rugby Could Help to Tackle Inequalities in Sport

Hilary Robinson | Posted 23.09.2012 | UK Sport
Hilary Robinson

Prince Harry may be watching the Olympic beach volleyballers compete at Horse Guards Parade but chasing balls on sandy beaches is not unusual for AngloAmerican Sofia Luxton - who plays competitive beach rugby in Portugal - the country where she grew up.

One Night in Budapest

Robert Simpson | Posted 21.09.2012 | UK
Robert Simpson

The place where you can shoot a PKM Machine Gun in the afternoon and sing Aerosmith at a Karaoke Bar at 4am, oh and there's a bit of culture thrown in...

Locog Forced To Apologise Over North Korea Flag Gaffe

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.09.2012 | UK

London 2012 organisers have apologised to the North Korean Olympic team following an embarrassing mix-up that saw the flag of a rival nation mistakenl...

Stars Turn Out For Ali And Sports For Peace

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.07.2012 | UK

Muhammad Ali has been honoured by celebrities from the world of sport and showbusiness. The 70-year-old former heavyweight boxing world champion, w...

Which Korea? Flag Blunder Delays Olympic Football Match

Press Association | Posted 25.07.2012 | UK Sport

North Korea have staged a protest at at the Olympics after the wrong flag was shown ahead of the women's football match against Colombia in Scotland. ...

London 2012: Time to Get Behind the Olympics

Scott Thompson | Posted 23.09.2012 | UK Sport
Scott Thompson

So here it is, seven years of blood, sweat and tears have come down to this: the greatest show on Earth has arrived.

Get Into the Olympic Spirit

Amir Eden | Posted 23.09.2012 | UK Sport
Amir Eden

It's been long awaited and now it's here. It's time we brace ourselves and truly get into the spirit of the London 2012 Olympics.

2012, London, It's Showtime: Where Do We Stand on the Opening Ceremony?

Chris Arning | Posted 24.09.2012 | UK Sport
Chris Arning

Like it or not, there is always an underlying competitiveness lurking in there smuggled in amongst the bonhomie and international solidarity. It is like the Eurovision song contest with the same potential for bitchery, but without the voting.

When a Human Right is a Human Wrong

Hugh Salmon | Posted 23.09.2012 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

Sitting, lounging, reading books - as I am now - by a swimming pool overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, it is natural to absorb more sunshine than news. But the full horror of the Denver Dark Knight killings has penetrated this tranquil state and destroyed the lives of hundreds of innocent people oceans away from here.

Business and the Olympics: Will it Leave a Legacy for Companies to Embrace?

Anthony Cooper | Posted 23.09.2012 | UK Sport
Anthony Cooper

As I cycled along the Thames this morning on my way into Pearlfinders HQ, I saw the Olympic rings hanging high above the water from Tower Bridge. I felt pride in my city and some excitement at the impending visit of the world's best sportsmen and women. But like many business leaders, I also contemplated the effects this year's games would have on my company.

We need an African Olympics!

Dapo Adesanya | Posted 23.09.2012 | UK
Dapo Adesanya

Welcome to London, the host city of the 2012 Olympic Games. This is the message that greets you at Heathrow Airport. Despite the sometimes negative attitude of the British to the hosting of the Olympics, it is pretty darn difficult not to notice that London has caught the Olympics fever. From the Games Lane that takes you to Central London and the Olympic Park, to the Cultural Olympiad events happening round the city. There is no mistaken it. A cable car across the Thames has even been built to coincide with the Olympics.

It's Fun And Games For Olympics

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.07.2012 | UK

London’s Olympic games kick off today amid fears of crippling rush-hour congestion, damaging union strikes and continued concern about security arra...