From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
Attempts to eliminate the anti-social behaviour which plagued Australia’s London Olympic campaign won’t necessarily centre on banning alcohol – but on the disruptions they cause teammates.
Australia is pulling out all stops to secure a best-ever Winter Olympics medal haul with a series of high-end training camps across the globe.
Olympic 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson has ended one of the most successful partnerships in Australian sport, parting ways with coach Sharon Hannan.
The Olympic flame has been handed to organisers of the Sochi Winter Olympics in a ceremony at the site of the first modern summer games.
Thousands of Japanese erupted in joy early on Sunday as they learned Tokyo would host the 2020 Olympic Games.
Australia must learn from mistakes made during its failed London Olympics campaign, the nation’s first female Olympic chef de mission says.
Brazil’s preparations for the World Cup and Olympic Games have run into further trouble after the authorities indefinitely closed a Rio de Janeiro stadium because of roof problems.
Has Australia had enough of scandal? Swimming is the latest sport to cross the divide from the back to the front page of the paper and have the tag of ‘crisis’ tacked on to every report.
Swimming world champion James Magnussen admits he made mistakes and could have carried himself better during a controversial London Olympic campaign but says his failure to win a gold medal has made him stronger.
National Olympic chief John Coates has renewed calls for investigators to be given power to compel witnesses to give evidence in the fight against doping in Australian sport.
$17,000 can buy a brand new Nissan Micra, a year’s private school fees. Or, in Melanie Schlanger’s case, three Olympic medals.
Oscar Pistorius has shot himself in the blade.
Australia’s Olympic swimmers have been asked to take part in an inquiry into the country’s performance in London, as well as admitting they underestimated the pressure the Games would bring.
It’s been called the social media Olympics – the first time audiences have had such unfettered access to the doings of athletes in real time – but it’s not all for the best, the Australian swimming team say.
Following the conclusion of what many consider the most successful Olympics in modern times in London 2012, attention now turns to Rio 2016, where the Olympic movement welcomes back two controversial sports into the fold.
Olympic cycling gold medallist Anna Meares has checked out of London, her new Games jewel securely stored for the trip home to Australia.
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Yesterday’s announcement by new Australian Olympic chef de mission, Kitty Chiller, that Australian athletes will effectively be prevented from participating in the Olympics’ two most popular sports has sent shockwaves through the athletic fraternity.
Channel Ten has been awarded by the IOC the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, acquiring broadcast rights across all media platforms in Australia.
This week’s stunning Olympic revelation that all running events are likely to be be scrapped from 2020 on would make Baron DeCoubertin turn in his grave.
When the USA took on Australia in basketball at the Olympics a couple of weeks back it brought the sport back into the Australian media spotlight for 24 hours.
So has post-Olympic depression sunk in? Is the thought of any other sporting event not living up to the highs of London?
Having won a gold Logie himself it satisfies a certain logic that Karl Stafanovic should have been at the helm of Australia’s charge toward a more elusive kind of gold.
After two weeks of contemplating such pressing questions as, “do Channel Nine realise that football is an Olympic sport?”, “what the hell is going on in the men’s pole vault?” and “are Kobe and Stephanie ‘doing it’?”, normal programming has resumed.
As London 2012 nicks off out of our lives forever, let’s quickly take stock before the local footy ogre takes over and ponder what the Olympics mean to us all.
I think it’s safe to say that many, if not the majority of Australians, believe the Australian Olympic campaign was a failure, purely based on a lack of gold medals.
It has been very tough to be an Australian in London in recent weeks, with everyone from Chris Hoy to your next-door neighbour to Frank flaming Spencer walking about with a gold medal around their neck.
So the Olympics are over and many people are reflecting on the moments, good and bad, that made up the Games of the XXXth Olympiad.
With the hot Rio sun will come three new sports to the Olympic Spectrum: golf, kite-surfing, and rugby sevens.
Like a great many Australians, I have achieved nothing in the sporting sense. As a cricketer, I was once out caught and hit wicket off the same delivery.
The games have been run and won, the flame is out and the partying/post mortem has begun. With that in mind, how do we rate London 2012 from the Australian perspective?
From a great distance, the London Olympics looked like a joyous celebration of the very best in sport. From those who were there and experiencing the fortnight in person, it was all that and more.
Imagine aliens had decided to tour the world in the last couple of weeks. Starting in London and catching some of the Olympic events, they then head over the Atlantic only to find they have to wait ages before they can catch up on the highlights.