UK Olympics

Sacking UK Border Agency Staff Who Strike 'Was Discussed' Admits Hunt

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.07.2012 | UK Politics

Ministers have discussed sacking UK Border Agency staff threatening to strike ahead of the Olympics, Jeremy Hunt has admitted. Mr Hunt told Radio 5...

PICTURES: Olympic Torch Arrives In London

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.09.2012 | UK

The Olympic torch has finally arrived in London, the Games' host city, ahead of Friday's official opening ceremony at the stadium in Stratford. Af...

Flame Arrives In London Ahead Of Games

PA | Posted 20.07.2012 | UK

A Royal Marine Commando today abseiled with the Olympic flame into the Tower of London. Royal Marine Martyn Williams arrived at Tower Wharf in a Ro...

Scottish Police To Take Over From G4S

PA | Posted 19.09.2012 | UK

A Scottish police force is taking over responsibility for Olympic security from G4S amid the continuing debacle over staff shortages. The chief con...

A Gold Medal in Relaxation

Tony Wrighton | Posted 18.09.2012 | UK Sport
Tony Wrighton

This is going to sound weird, but for many of our Olympic athletes, the best thing they can do right now is forget about it all for a while and have a good laugh with friends. Hang out, go to the movies, go sightseeing in London... anything to take their mind off the fact they've spent their entire lives preparing for this moment.

Cheap and Chic Places to Stay in London for the Olympics 2012

Erica Crompton | Posted 19.09.2012 | Home
Erica Crompton

Here's a quick guide to three great places to stay in central London during the Olympics...

Drug Cheats at the Olympics: You Can Run, But You Can't Hide

David Fearnhead | Posted 19.09.2012 | UK Sport
David Fearnhead

Years of training have honed athletes' bodies into the perfect machine. They've sacrificed everything to get there. Everything for that one day when four years work would come to fruition. I'd seen broken men and women sat there. Though, from that one day something else sticks in my memory. A darker side to the Olympic games.

Let's Peel the 'Plastic' Label off Team GB's Foreign-born Athletes

Josh Cowls | Posted 19.09.2012 | UK Sport
Josh Cowls

Make no mistake: the failure of G4S to provide the requisite security staff is a true debacle, and lampooning a pitiful British summer has always been fair game. But one of the less helpful stories to have emerged in recent weeks is the discussion of so-called 'Plastic Brits': members of the British Olympic team who were born overseas.

Olympic Panic After Man Arrested

PA | Posted 20.07.2012 | UK

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested after attempting to grab the Olympic Torch. The teenager treed to snatch the Olympic flame from a woman torchbe...

Bullfrog Blues

Shaun McCarthy | Posted 18.09.2012 | UK
Shaun McCarthy

Today WWF and BioRegional have published their report on the progress of the London 2012 Games in meeting its sustainability objectives. It has taken a huge collective effort to put these Games on track to be the most sustainable to date - from the organisers, to campaign groups like these, and to an assurance body like ours which is tasked with being the bastion of impartiality and good evidence.

Soldiers Will Make Olympics 'Secure', Says Top Cop

Press Association | Posted 20.07.2012 | UK

Securing the Olympic venues with the help of 11,000 fully trained soldiers is no bad thing, Britain's most senior police officer said. Scotland Yar...

WARNING: Nike Trainers 'Banned' From Olympics

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 20.07.2012 | UK

Lord Coe has admitted fans will be banned from wearing Pepsi T-shirts at the Olympic park - and could even be turned away for sporting Nike trainers. ...

Boris Johnson: Olympic Critics Should 'Put A Sock In It'

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 20.07.2012 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson has called on those worrying about the Olympics to "put a sock in it", stop complaining and get behind Team GB for the Games. Writing...

Five Ready To Spice Up The Olympics

Posted 20.07.2012 | UK Entertainment

The Spice Girls are reforming to make a comeback at the London Olympics. According to a new report, the Wannabe hitmakers are "95%" confirmed to ad...

Train Drivers Strike Vote A Demonstration In 'Olympic Sport Of Self-Interest'

Press Association | Posted 19.07.2012 | UK

The government has accused rail workers of 'self-interest' by voting to strike during the Olympics. Train drivers are to stage three days of strike...

How To Think Your Way Out Of Transport Chaos

Nicolas Brusson | Posted 17.09.2012 | UK
Nicolas Brusson

The talk this week has been all about transport, and not without reason. A hoard of Olympic athletes and their entourage flew into Heathrow on Monday morning heading for the London 2012 Athletes' Village; the first Games lane opened, coinciding, inevitably, with an accident on the M4, slowing Heathrow traffic to a standstill.

Nadal Withdraws From London 2012

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 19.07.2012 | UK Sport

Tennis star Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the London 2012 Olympics. The Spaniard said in a statement it is one of the saddest moment so of his ca...

Only two Saudi Female Olympians but Another Victory Over Hardline Clerics

Shaista Gohir | Posted 17.09.2012 | UK Sport
Shaista Gohir

As a women's rights activist, I am really pleased that the London 2012 Olympics will be the first to include female athletes from every competing nation. Brunei and Qatar had previously held out on female inclusion but will now have women representing their countries.

Members Of Armed Services Staffing Olympics Forced To Sleep On Makeshift Chairs

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 20.07.2012 | UK

Members of the armed services drafted in to provide Olympic security in the wake of the G4S staffing fiasco are being forced to sleep rough on chairs,...

Kate Pays A Visit To The National Portrait Gallery

PA/Huffington Post | Posted 19.07.2012 | Home

The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton got a dose of culture when she visited The National Portrait Gallery on Tuesday to open the gallery's new Olym...

Public Accounts Committee Urges MPs To 'Get A Grip' On Olympics Organisation

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.09.2012 | UK Politics

The "chaos" surrounding the failure of G4S to provide enough staff for the Olympics has undermined confidence in Games organisers, a committee of MPs ...

Let the Games Begin

Esther Williams | Posted 16.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Esther Williams

Yes TFL I get it - the Olympic Games begin in less than two weeks time and I need to rethink my route to work. Now, please stop spamming me with tons of painfully prescriptive emails.

Achieving the Edge: What We Can Learn From our Summer of Sport

Kirsty Hanly | Posted 17.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Hanly

What makes this season interesting for me, as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist and Mind Coach, is watching the performances of all those competitors. What gives those at the top of their game the edge? Do you ever think about what makes the difference between someone who is performing at their peak and someone who isn't?

'The Voice' Granted Access To Olympics Stadium After Outrage

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 18.07.2012 | UK

Britain's biggest and longest running Black newspaper has been given an Olympics pass to London 2012 track and field events after a petition to overtu...

PICTURES: Old Trafford Gets The Olympic Rings

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 18.07.2012 | UK Sport

The Olympic rings have been emblazoned on Manchester United's stadium, Old Trafford, ahead of the London 2012 Games. Team GB's first football m...