Monthly Archives: August 2012

Olympic Games 2012: Final Thoughts

The London Olympic Games surpassed my expectations. The enthusiasm and numbers of the crowds, the helpfulness and friendliness of the vounteers, the smooth running of the Games, the weather (especially after the dismal summer so far – it was almost … Continue reading

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Olympic Games 2012:Cycling

My thoughts on the cycling at the Olympic Games. I thought that the British team had little chance of doing as well as they had in Beijing but the performance was even better in London. In Beijing the professionalism of … Continue reading

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Taekwondo:Olympic Records

Taekwondo was first included as a full medal sport in the Olympics in 2000. Six athletes have won two gold medals: Steven Lopez(USA) 2000/2004 (has also won a bronze medal) Hadi Saei (Iran) 2004/2008 (has also won a bronze medal) … Continue reading

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Modern Pentathlon:Olympic Games Records

Modern Pentathlon was introduced into the Olympic Games in 1912 and has been held in different forms at every Games since.  A team event was held from 1952 to 1992.  Women first competed in 2000. Most Gold Medals András Balczó (Hungary) … Continue reading

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Boxing:Olympic Games Records

Boxing has been included in every Olympic Games since 1904, with the exception of 1912. Women’s boxing was included for the first time in 2012. Only three boxers have won three Olympic gold medals. László Papp [ Hungary ] 1948–1956 … Continue reading

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Olympics 2012:Swimming

The big story in the Olympics swimming was Michael Phelps becoming the most successful Olympian of all-time. The big clash of the Games was supposed to be Phelps against Ryan Lochte but the anticipated showdowns never lived-up to the anticipation … Continue reading

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Synchronised Swimming:Olympic Games Records

Synchronised swimming, for women only, has been included at the Olympic Games since 1984. Most Gold Medals All of the top medal winners are from Russia who have dominated the sport in recent times. 5 Anastasia Davydova 2004–2012 (2 in … Continue reading

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Olympic Games 2012:Athletics Field Events

These observations are slightly limited by the fact that the BBC seemed to spend more time chatting for twenty minutes about Usain Bolt before his race and another twenty afterwards so I couldn’t always keep up to date with the … Continue reading

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Diving:Olympic Records

Diving has been included in the Olympic Games since 1904 and women have competed since 1912. Synchronised diving events were introduced in 2000. Most Gold Medals 5 Wu Minxia (China) 2004-2016 (four in 3m synchro one at 3m solo) 5 … Continue reading

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Basketball:Olympic Records

Basketball has been played at the Olympics since 1936 for men and 1972 for women. The USA have won 15 of the 19 tournaments in men’s basketball including every tournament from 1936 to 1968 before controversially losing to the USSR … Continue reading

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