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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...

WATCH: USA's Basketball Dream Team At Barcelona '92

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 24.07.2012 | UK Sport

The United States regard gold at basketball in the Olympics to be a given, and although in 1972 they were beaten in that extraordinary Cold War-era fi...

A Sumptuous Afternoon Tea at The Soho Hotel

Akeela Bhattay | Posted 22.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Akeela Bhattay

As afternoon teas go, I've had some truly horrendous experiences, some especially wonderful experiences and some in between; afternoon tea at The Soho Hotel, was charmingly decadent and very much a wonderful experience.

Bradley Wiggins- A New Breed of Celebrity

Mark Borkowski | Posted 22.09.2012 | UK
Mark Borkowski

Bradley Wiggins' success in the Tour de France was testament to the willpower, training and raw talent of an individual. His stellar status in the media- whilst certainly not hindered by his victory - has more to do with his suitability as a new kind of celebrity in the post-Leveson world.

GALLERY: Horse Guards Parade Hosts Volleyball Training

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 23.07.2012 | UK Sport

London 2012 will take in some of the capital's finest landmarks during the Olympics, with Horse Guards Parade hosting the beach volleyball event. A...

A Journey Beyond Sport

Nick Keller | Posted 22.09.2012 | UK Sport
Nick Keller

Just over seven years ago, on 6 July 2005, I was in Trafalgar Square jumping around hugging my friends, colleagues and family as Jacques Rogge said one little world that sent us all into a state of joyous delirium.This week I carry the Olympic Flame in my home city.

The Gods of Olympus

Ayo Akintola | Posted 21.09.2012 | UK
Ayo Akintola

The last time I was compelled to put pen to paper for the Huffington Post, I wrote of government ineptitude with the aid of Dante and the Seven Deadly Sins. Four months on, my subject matter has not changed but this time I will be taking you to ancient Greece...

London 2012: 67,000 Mobile Phones Will Be Lost Or Stolen At Olympics

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 23.07.2012 | UK Tech

More than 67,000 mobile phones will be stolen or lost during the Olympics, according to new research. Security firm Venafi calculated that the Game...

A Londoner's Olympic Odyssey Begins

Ros Satar | Posted 21.09.2012 | UK Sport
Ros Satar

But when in my lifetime will I ever get to spend a week, watching many different sports in the biggest sporting show on earth?

Sir Chris Hoy To Carry Team GB Flag

PA | Posted 23.07.2012 | UK Sport

Sir Chris Hoy will carry the flag for Team GB at Friday's opening ceremony of London 2012, the British Olympic Association have confirmed. It is th...

Severe Delays On Olympic Tube Line

PA | Posted 23.07.2012 | UK

There were severe delays on Monday on one of the key Tube lines that will take people to the Olympics. The problem, due to a fault with the platfor...

A Bit Less Green and Not Always Quite So Pleasant

Phil Vickery | Posted 21.09.2012 | UK Sport
Phil Vickery

When London welcomes the world at the opening ceremony of the Olympics later this week the first thing the world will see is a striking image of the great British Countryside. Green fields, cows, sheep, horses, geese and children dancing round maypoles.

Opening Ceremony London Is Finally Here! (No, Not That One)

Sarah McGiven | Posted 21.09.2012 | UK Style
Sarah McGiven

There's only one Opening Ceremony I care about and it's the taste-making American store which has just landed right here in London.

Why the Olympics Brand Police Might Help British Business

Steve McKevitt | Posted 16.09.2012 | UK
Steve McKevitt

The news that British companies running unauthorised, Olympics-themed promotions face fines of up to 20K is drawing widespread, if somewhat predictable cries of indignation. The object of this ire is the 2006 Olympic Games Act, a piece of legislation designed to protect sponsors who are paying many millions of pounds to be associated with London 2012.

Ramadan, Fasting and London 2012

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 20.09.2012 | UK Sport
Muhammad Abdul Bari

The London 2012 Olympic Games, which run from 27th July to 12th August, coincide with the Muslim month of Ramadan in the Islamic calendar. One of the five pillars of Islam is to fast during this holy month. All able-bodied Muslims are expected to fast, unless they have a valid reason not to, for example those that are travelling, sick or facing heath risks.

Stuart Pearce is Going to Blow Team GB's Moment of History

Richard Berry | Posted 19.09.2012 | UK Sport
Richard Berry

And if it is Team GB's fate to depart early from its first Olympic football competition for several decades, then surely we should have done so being led by Beckham, who did so much to make it all possible, and certainly with representatives from across the UK.

The Break-up of Britain is Underway, and the Olympics Will Do Nothing to Reverse it

Andrew Smith | Posted 21.09.2012 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Once the post Olympic bunting has come down what will we be left with? A bunch of empty sports venues, a £multi-billion debt and an increasingly disunited kingdom.