UK Olympics

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...

Olympic Fever

Tony Schumacher | Posted 22.09.2012 | Home
Tony Schumacher

Radio Five told me the other day that the country was "gripped by Olympic Fever", so I looked out of the window to check. It was difficult to tell, but my next door neighbour, Ken, didn't look like he was gripped by it as he was weeding his garden

Sir Paul McCartney 'Outraged' Over Beckham's Exclusion From Team GB

WENN | Posted 23.09.2012 | Home

David Beckham has been given a big boost as he deals with his exclusion from the Olympics Team GB football team - Sir Paul McCartney has voiced his ou...

Olympic Kick Off For Women's Football As Games Lanes Open

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.07.2012 | UK

The first Olympic event, women's football, kicks off in Cardiff on Wednesday as 30 miles of games lanes open across London. Team GB women's footbal...

Sleeping your way to Success: Olympian Ethics

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 23.09.2012 | UK
Cathal Sheerin

The London Olympic Games of 2012 could be renamed the Return of the Drug Cheats. After serving bans of various lengths for taking illegal, performance...

Wonder Women: Why Britain's Female Athletes May Shine the Brightest in London

Josh Cowls | Posted 23.09.2012 | UK Sport
Josh Cowls

After the flags have come down in Regent Street, the athletes have departed the village, and the nation reflects on Britain's performance as both host and competitor, a particular observation may dawn on public and punditry alike. The extent of Team GB's medal table standing may well be due to the disproportionate success of its women athletes.

Olympic Security: A Herculean Task

Peter Blair | Posted 23.09.2012 | UK
Peter Blair

The London Olympics are nearly upon us, and while a lot of the focus is going to fall on how disorganised the whole affair will inevitably be, I'm shaken more by the opportunity it presents for a large scale terrorist attack.

Olympic Legacy: No Change for Gay Athletes

Andy Wasley | Posted 23.09.2012 | UK
Andy Wasley

Long after the last athletes and spectators have left the Olympic Park in September, London 2012's organisers will be obsessing over the much-hyped Olympic Legacy. London won its bid for the Games on an explicit promise of 'greater inclusion' for all communities. Recent research conducted by the University of Cambridge for Stonewall's School Report 2012 reveals something that should seriously worry those responsible for achieving this worthy goal. In light of these findings, it's unsurprising that gay people are almost invisible in professional athletics (in Team GB there are just two openly gay athletes). But remarkably, London 2012 has done little of value to make sure gay people share that Olympic Legacy of 'greater inclusion'.

Olympics 2012: How To Beat Competition At Work (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 24.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle

There are few events more inspiring than the Olympics. But it takes more than talent to win a gold medal in front of an audience of millions, accordin...

PICTURES: Team GB's Female Olympians

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.07.2012 | UK Sport

Team GB's London 2012 participants' preparation comes to a close, as the real games - the Olympic Games - begin even before the opening ceremony on Fr...