UK Olympics

Squashed Unfairly in the Olympic Bid

Joel Durston | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Sport
Joel Durston

Squash - just an old man's game, isn't it? That's the common refrain I get - or I sense people are thinking but too polite to say - when I mention that I play, watch or - as I'm now starting to do - report on the game.

He Was Lovin' It - Bolt Claims He Devoured 1,000 McNuggets During 2008 Olympics

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Sport

Usain Bolt was certainly lovin' it during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where he ate an estimated 1,000 McDonald's Chicken McNuggets. Bolt, 27, won th...

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Japan Stands Up

Martin J Newman | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Sport
Martin J Newman

Olympics and hyperbole are old bedfellows, yet it's fair to say that this did seem like an exceptional - perhaps historic - moment for Japan, as though this vote could just mark the end of Japan's two 'lost decades', twenty years of economic flatlining in a country growing ever less confident and more insular.

Are Germany's 'Gay Uniforms' A Political Protest Against Russia?

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 03.10.2013 | UK

The German nation team for the 2014 Winter Olympics showed off their official uniforms for the Sochi Games earlier this week, looking absolutely fabul...

How to Be the Best You Can Be

David Hemery | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Sport
David Hemery

As an ex-teacher and parent, I have been saddened to hear that a large number of young people today have no ambition or lack self-confidence, as reported by their own parents and school teachers. As an Olympic gold medalist, I know that a way to gain ambition and confidence is to set yourself challenging goals.

Caroline Frost

DOCUMENTARY: How Many Of Ben Johnson's Rivals Were Drug-Free? | Caroline Frost | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Entertainment

Everyone of sentient age in 1988 can remember where they were when they heard that sprinter Ben Johnson had been stripped of his gold medal at the Seo...

Scotland Could Have Olympic Team In 2016

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK Sport

Scotland could have a team for the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympics should the country vote for independence next year, Scottish Sports Minister Shona...

Olympic Rejection Again for Squash as Wrestling Gets the Vote

James Willstrop | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Sport
James Willstrop

On Sunday the world of professional squash just about came to a standstill. Never has one decision seemed to matter so much, nor has any one decision threatened to have greater impact. If squash were to secure a place in the Olympic Games the possibilities looked endless, whereas failure may or may not point to stagnation...

'Naked Olympic Runners Would Be Great'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Politics

With the 2020 Olympic Games set to be hosted in Tokyo, Boris Johnson has suggested that Japanese Olympic officials should consider making athletes run...

The Week That Was: A Small but Proud Island

Carla Buzasi | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK
Carla Buzasi

There is absolutely nothing like someone criticising the British to bring the British together. Remember just before the Olympics last year, when we were all still convinced it was going to be a total flop, and then US presidential candidate Mitt Romney came over, essentially said the same thing, and, well, we all went a little nuts? Fast forward a year and a bit, and with Cameron licking his wounds over his Syria Commons defeat, one of Vladimir Putin's senior aides steps in with a nicely timed insult, and we're lining up behind the PM to defend our glorious nation.

Busy Weekend of Rugby/Squash in the Lead Up to Olympic Decision

James Willstrop | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Sport
James Willstrop

I was in Farnham, west of London on Saturday, filming for the Total Rugby programme which is aired on Sky Sports. They asked if I would talk about and compare rugby and squash, at the same time publicizing squash's plight for Olympic status.

Swimming's Great Highs and Heart-Wrenching Lows

Fran Halsall | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Sport
Fran Halsall

A lot has been made recently of "one year on" from London 2012. For me however, this time last year, I was sat on my balcony in the Olympic village crying my eyes out with the realisation that my dreams had just come crashing down around me.

Preparations for the 2013 Rowing World Championships

Nathaniel Reilly-O'Donnell | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Sport
Nathaniel Reilly-O'Donnell

Image courtesy of Pete Reed. A year ago the Olympics was wrapping up and I was left to make decisions; get a proper job or put my iron back in the f...

Olympic Legacy Alive and Kicking

Mark Foster | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK Sport
Mark Foster

I don't want to claim that community sports aren't facing real difficulties with regard to funding and keeping local facilities open, but it is worth publicising those events where local people are continuing to get involved in mass participation events, despite all the controversial funding issues. These events are also showing even the most cynical of commentators, that even after the lucrative advertising opportunities that the Olympics created have disappeared, corporate business and sponsors are still putting effort and resources into getting communities and young people interested in sport.

Meet Romilly, The Teen With Her Sights Set On Olympics

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 22.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A leading showjumper is hoping success in her GCSEs will spur her on to win a place at the Olympic Games. Romilly Simmons gained three As, three Bs...

Charlotte Meredith

This Looks Familiar... | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK

Glasgow's Commonwealth Games website is suffering major delays, after the launch of more than a million tickets this morning sent sports fans into a f...

Why Stephen Fry Is Wrong to Call for a Boycott of Sochi

David Fearnhead | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Sport
David Fearnhead

Did we call for Delhi to be stripped of the Commonwealth Games because of the rising number of acid attacks in India? Do we refuse to play Pakistan in cricket because of honour killings? China hosted the Olympics despite having at best a chequered human rights record. The truth is that sporting boycotts and bans do not work.

Let's Create a Great Green Britain

Graham Duxbury | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK
Graham Duxbury

Britain's Personal Best campaign is aiming to keep the 2012 Olympic spirit alive by mobilising people to push themselves to do better in any part of their lives; and our call is for the public to help us by using, improving and protecting their local environments.

Beijing - A Look at China's Capital Five Years on From the 2008 Olympic Games

Stuart Forster | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Stuart Forster

year on from the London Games there's much talk about the legacy of 2012. If you visit Beijing you'll be able to take advantage of the infrastructural improvements made ahead of the Games. The city's public transport system underwent major modernisation and expansion ahead of 2008 Games, in order to cope with up to 19 million passengers a day.

'Vladimir Putin Is Like Hitler'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK Politics

Stephen Fry has called for Russia to be stripped of next year's Winter Olympics due to Vladimir Putin's "barbaric" persecution of gay people. In an...

A Week in Barcelona

Mark Foster | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Sport
Mark Foster

It wasn't a great week for British swimming in terms of medals at the World Championships, only achieving one bronze on the last day from Fran Halsall, so there is much we need to learn and improve on. But it's not all doom and gloom.

How The London 2012 Olympics Changed The World's View Of Britain

Emily Verdouw | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK

Once viewed as 'restrained' and 'unapproachable' it looks as though the London 2012 Olympics games has shifted the worlds view of Great Britain for th...

Careers: There May Be a Gap in the Market, But Is There a Market in The Gap?

Hugh Salmon | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Hugh Salmon

And so, as we enjoy our short, hot summer, a new generation of university graduates return their rented gowns and mortar boards and head off into the big, wide world... some, young as they are, will have a business idea that will change the world.

What's Made Us All So Happy?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK

The Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations are thought to have boosted people's happiness over the last year, according to research. ...

The Olympic Legacy: Fact or Fiction?

Chris Mayhew | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK Sport
Chris Mayhew

The phrase 'Olympic legacy' has been reverberating around the ears of every British citizen, and by now it is beginning to make a bit of a racket. And as we arrive at the one year anniversary of what was an awe-inspiring event and survey the scene, everyday inhabitants of this fantastic island are forced to question the reality of said legacy.