When the French director Marcel Camus took the classic Greek tale of Orpheus and Eurydice to a Brazilian favela in the late 1950s, he created a film that would not only beguile Barack Obama and his mother, but would make a little bit of Olympic history.
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Babashoff and Co vindicated and celebrated through The Last Gold as Ford reflects on unique Olympic swim win over East German dopers
As the Rio 2016 swimming programme got underway this weekend, the ripples were still spreading from the August 1 premiere airing at the Los Angeles Film Festival of The Last Gold.
This is a documentary on the victory earned by the United States women’s 4x100 metre freestyle team at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, against the East German athletes who otherwise swept the board at those Games through what we now know were illegal means.
The Refugee Olympic Team - ten individuals with grief and courage in common, ready to make Games history in Rio
The 2016 Rio Games are already unique. No other Games in modern history has had its build-up vexed by such a bewildering mass of political frictions, economic shocks and doping controversies. But as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad shift into delivery mode with Friday’s Opening Ceremony, there is the guarantee of something beautiful being presented to the watching world.
Even 80 years on, the Berlin Games of 1936 remain the most controversial and most talked about in the history of the modern Olympic movement.
Forty years ago modern pentathlon made headlines as never before after a scandal which rocked the entire Olympic world.
Olympic future for golf looks bleak as withdrawals continue but IGF confident Rio 2016 can change negative perception
The International Golf Federation (IGF) and its President Peter Dawson should, in the words of the famous Kool and the Gang hit from 1980, be celebrating good times as the sport prepares to make its Olympic return after a 112-year hiatus from the programme.
Is Yulia Stepanova, the Russian 800m runner whose whistleblowing activity triggered the scandal which has resulted in Russia’s track-and-field athletes being suspended from international competition including the forthcoming Rio Olympics, a “Judas” or a “true Olympic hero”?
In the Ancient Olympic Games, the athletes came to live and compete together in Ancient Olympia, but at most early Games of the Modern era, those taking part did not live in an Olympic Village but in hotel accommodation around the host city.
Australia’s Olympic TV network, 7Olympics, has just put out a short clip of footage from the London 2012 Olympics featuring home race walker Jared Tallent en route to his eventual golden glory in the 50km race walk - eventual in the sense that he had to wait until June 17, 2016, 1,405 days later, to claim the medal originally won by Sergey Kirdyapkin.
South Africa's six-times Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius is due to face a sentencing hearing tomorrow (June 13) for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013.
Push comes to shove as Cinquanta steps down after 22 years as International Skating Union President - but what of his legacy?
Ottavio Cinquanta, elected President of the International Skating Union (ISU) in 1994, will belatedly step down this week as the ISU Congress in Dubrovnik elects his successor.
Rio 2016 is Neymar’s sole summer target - but Messi is set on ending 23 years of hurt for Argentina in the Copa America Centenario
Cristiano Ronaldo comes into the reckoning, but if you were to say that Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr were among the three best footballers in the world right now you would not get many arguments.
It is sport’s impossible job. Brazil football manager? No problem. Groundsman at Wimbledon? A stroll in the park. International Olympic Committee (IOC) President? A piece of cake.
Got, got, need. If you are an avid collector of football sticker albums in Britain, you will be all too familiar with that sequence of words, currently doing the rounds once again with the recent release of Panini’s latest edition for this year’s European Championships.
European Aquatics Championships to point up the virtues of the London 2012 legacy in the Olympic Park
There’s good news and bad at the London Aquatics Centre in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this month. The bad news - there will be no public access to the gym, fitness classes, competition pool, training pool, diving pool or crèche. The good news - this inconvenience is occasioned by the hosting of the European Aquatics Championships, the last big marker before Rio 2016. The last time this event took place in Britain was 1993.