Tag Archives: olympics

Nicole Cooke retires

One of Britain’s most successful road cyclists ever retired today. Nicole Cooke won races all over the world, including a World Championship and an Olympic gold medal in 2008, but she got a fraction of the attention that riders like Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins have received. I think her retirement shows some of the […]

Now the games are done

So, unless they suddenly remember a third set of sporting events they’d agreed to hold in London this year, that’s it for the 2012 Games. There’s been a lot of talk about how we can carry forward all the good feeling and the spirit of the Games, but rather than go into a general ‘why […]

The house of awesomeness

The early Olympics were intended to have a much wider context than being just a sporting contest. There were contests in the arts alongside the sporting contests, and two of the first Games were held concurrently with international expositions (Paris in 1900 and St Louis in 1904). This year, there’s also been the Cultural Olympiad […]

Two thoughts on BBC Sport from the Olympics

It’s all still ongoing, but I wanted to set these down before I forget them. First, the Olympics Live red button coverage has been great. Just getting to flick through and watch everything that’s going on live, without someone deciding what we should be watching is a whole new way to watch sport. So why […]

Worth Reading 61: The next minute begins

Not done one of these for a while, but people still continue to put interesting things on the internet. Come write me down – Phil Edwards explains the phenomenon of policy-based evidence. Reviewing through the Time Machine: Remembering Margaret Cavendish – Ro Smith on the 17th century female founder of science fiction. I’d honestly never […]