UK Olympics

BBC Olympics Boss Defends Accrediting 765 Staff To Cover Games

PA | Posted 17.07.2012 | UK

The man masterminding the BBC's coverage of the Olympics has defended accrediting 765 staff to cover the Games. The corporation, having recently re...

G4S Boss Under Pressure In Wake Of Security Debacle

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.07.2012 | UK Politics

The chief executive of G4S has come under increasing pressure to resign before he prepares to appear before the Commons Home Affairs Committee on Tues...

Outrage After Journalists At Britain's Biggest Black Newspaper Denied Access To Olympic Stadium

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 16.07.2012 | UK

The decision to deny journalists from Britain's biggest and longest-serving black newspaper access to the Olympic Stadium has sparked a social media s...

The Torch Relay - The Olympic Ideal in Flames

Sam Fraser | Posted 15.09.2012 | UK Sport
Sam Fraser

I love the Olympics, love the endeavour, the challenge to push the limits of human capability. I love the competition, the striving, the winning and the losing; the podium moments, the team hugs and the heartbreak interviews. But that is not what the torch relay or indeed, these Games themselves are about. They are about consumption.

The Olympics: Queuing and Sex

Lucy Karsten | Posted 15.09.2012 | UK Sport
Lucy Karsten

The Olympics, like all major sporting events, offer us a rare chance to shed our snotty London skins, and British reserve, and cry, shout and hope with everyone else. This Summer, London is going to be a Nike ad. Only with more sex. And queues.

PHOTOS: Olympic Lanes Cause Traffic Chaos

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 16.07.2012 | UK

The first specially designed 'Games Lanes' came into operation on the M4 on Monday, aimed to relieve traffic as the athletes and their entourages arri...

Olympics 2012: Feeling Sick About The Commute?

The Huffington Post | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 18.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle

The Olympic transport misery that everyone's been predicting is on finally on its way. Athletes began pouring into the Olympic village today, accor...

G4S Told Ministers It Would 'Overshoot' Security Guard Target, Theresa May Tells MPs

Posted 16.07.2012 | UK Politics

Private security firm G4S repeatedly told ministers that it would "overshoot" its targets for recruiting security guards for the Olympics, Theresa May...

Olympics: The Legacy We Fear

Lindsey German | Posted 15.09.2012 | UK Politics
Lindsey German

The Olympics hysteria descending on London is creating a sense of foreboding among those of us who live in the east. What is it we fear?

Don't Forget It's Your Olympics™

Tiernan Douieb | Posted 15.09.2012 | UK Comedy
Tiernan Douieb

Dear Londoners™ the UK, Your Olympics™ start in just a few days and we hope that you're excited! They are your Olympics™ that have cost you £2.5bn£9bn £11.7bn possibly £24bn of your money, that's 38p per household, that you really need in these times of austerity but were forced have chosen to spend on what is sure to be the best Olympics™ ever ever.

The Olympic Road to Nowhere

Hanna Flint | Posted 14.09.2012 | UK Sport
Hanna Flint

TFL have made it clear that only official Games vehicles carrying athletes, staff and delegates will be allowed to use the roads. But with just 10 days until the opening ceremony, many of the roads affected by the Olympic routes have been left with unclear and confusing signposting for the public to decipher.

Why Have the Media Turned the Olympics Into a Bummer?

Stephen Hull | Posted 15.09.2012 | UK Sport
Stephen Hull

When did the Olympics turn bad? From reading headlines over the last week it would seem the Games have flopped even before the starting gun has been fired.

Britain's Olympians are a Class Apart

Jamie Thunder | Posted 14.09.2012 | UK Sport
Jamie Thunder

Scratch at the egalitarian sheen of the modern Games, however, and there lies a gaping class chasm. Figures from the Department of Media, Culture and Sport show that in the 2008 Olympic Games around a quarter of Britain's athletes came from independent schools, compared to just 7% of the population as a whole. Our elite athletes are elite in more ways than one.

Daredevil Dancers Leap Across London Landmarks

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 15.07.2012 | UK

Daredevil performers could be seen leaping across some of London's most famous monuments on Sunday, in a celebratory display which fused dance, acroba...

Why Oscar Pistorius Has Already Made History and Why It's a Good Thing for Everyone

Andy Miah | Posted 12.09.2012 | UK Sport
Andy Miah

Oscar Pistorius made history this week when it was confirmed he would be the first athlete with a prosthetic device to take part in the Olympic Games, but what really does this mean for the future of sport and society more widely?

Caroline Frost

Chariots Of Fire Without Vangelis Score? Nearly Happened... | Caroline Frost | Posted 13.07.2012 | UK Entertainment

Imagine Chariots of Fire without the haunting sounds of Vangelis' theme. It nearly happened... It could be yesterday we first saw those young men, ...

Olympic Heaven or Hell?

Michael Volpe | Posted 10.09.2012 | UK Entertainment
Michael Volpe

So it is nearly upon us, this festival of sport like no other. I love the Olympics and spending hours watching various obscure sports and I always thought that winning a gold medal must be the greatest sporting achievement there is.

Zero Days to Go...

Susie Beck | Posted 11.09.2012 | UK Sport
Susie Beck

Laying out my fresh out of the wrapper London 2012 snazzy uniform I am still in disbelief that the time has finally come. I can't help but think back to when I was 17, specifically 6 July 2005.

Salute: Smith Has no Regrets in Using the Olympics World Platform for Human Rights

Rima Amin | Posted 11.09.2012 | UK Entertainment
Rima Amin

Regardless of whether or not the Olympics is the place for politics, Salute is reminder to us all to stand in solidarity with those who face struggles in equality. It reminds us that humanity means another persons' struggle is ours too and sometimes sacrifices must be made to help.

GALLERY: Aerial View Of Olympic Park

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 12.07.2012 | UK Sport

London 2012's opening ceremony is now just 15 days away, and today a set of great aerial views of the Olympic Park and other landmark sites have been ...

How Many Prime Ministers Can You Fit In A Photo-Booth?

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 12.07.2012 | UK Politics

We've all done it, crammed ourselves into a photo-booth with our friends to take hilarious pictures of ourselves pulling madcap faces. However fewe...

Rage Against the Machine: Olympic Sponsorship

Lianne Marie Binks | Posted 09.09.2012 | UK Sport
Lianne Marie Binks

As the Olympics approaches, I must confess that I am rather looking forward to it. Oh not to the games, but rather anticipating almost everyone I know departing this beautiful Shire of York and giving me some peace.

MPs Accept Sponsor Tickets For 100m Final

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.07.2012 | UK Politics

A group of MPs has accepted free tickets to one of the most in-demand events of the Olympic Games, sponsor BT has confirmed. The telecoms giant inv...

WATCH: Gemili Sets 10.05 Personal Best In 100m

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 12.07.2012 | UK Sport

Adam Gemili has become the fastest junior British sprinter of all time after running the 100metres at the World Junior Championships with a personal b...

Why People in the UK Need to Exercise More Safely

Alan Silman | Posted 10.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Alan Silman

Feeling inspired to take up a new sport or do more exercise because of the Olympics? That's great. But I'd like to add a note of caution about making sure you do it safely and look after your joints when you're exercising.