Eighty years ago, spectators in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium might have caught sight of a rather peculiar and cumbersome piece of machinery. What they were seeing was one of the world’s first television cameras.
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As Britain’s Rio Olympians were arriving to a reception of heroic proportions this week to mark the nation’s best-ever performance at a foreign Games, Italy’s returning athletes were enjoying a similarly warm welcome upon their return to Rome.
David Owen: Team sports - where the most successful quango in recorded history still needs to think again
Another Olympic Games, another huge British medal haul – it really should no longer come as a surprise.
Joe Joyce is a name that rolls easily off the tongue and it is still set to be a household one, despite him failing to emulate his pugilistic pal Anthony Joshua and win the Olympic super heavyweight gold medal in Rio de Janeiro.
An “athlete-centred Games” is one of those infuriating clichés always trotted out in Olympic circles, nestling somewhere in between “zero tolerance on doping” and “open and transparent governance”.
It rained on Rio 2016’s final parade in the Maracanã tonight. The elements drove in, just as a perfect storm of economic and political crises has buffeted the high hopes of those who danced in delight as they were awarded the Games of the XXI Olympiad seven years ago at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Copenhagen.
I had tended to think of Dutch athlete, Fanny Blankers-Koen, simply in terms of considerable athleticism and her four gold medals at the London 1948 Olympic Games. But she was much more. She was a game-change in world athletics and, more importantly, for all women athletes.
As a plot-line, it is inherently dramatic and as old as human history.
Don’t ask me about Rio de Janeiro because I don’t know the city and I never will, even though I am here to cover the Olympic Games.
“Shhhh...I’m watching the dressage!” How many times has that message, or something similar, been whispered in British households these past few days?
In September 2009, I sat in a briefing room alongside my England Boxing colleagues at an international training camp in Sweden.
Britain surged to second in the medals table at Rio 2016 yesterday, winning five gold medals, to move above China in what will surely rank as one of the country's most memorable ever sporting days.
I must admit there are benefits to the Brazilians only really being interested in the events their athletes have a chance of winning (and possibly Usain Bolt).
It was little wonder the faces of the smattering of International Olympic Committee (IOC) members who attended the first-ever men’s rugby sevens gold medal match at the Games were adorned with smiles.
Memo to the International Olympic Committee (IOC): if the sewers in a city are so fragile that you are frequently asked not to put toilet paper down the toilet, said city is probably not quite ready to host an Olympic Games.