How much is an Olympic Gold medal worth? I guess that depends who is answering the question…to an athlete, it’s a lifetime of achievement, or perhaps endorsement deals worth millions, a lifetime of fame and contentment. If you’re a national government like that of China, then every gold medal represents your “statement” of superiority to […]
Beijing: Can Phelps win eight?
The first week of the Olympic Games has swimming as its “centerpiece”, with the track and field programme taking over towards the end of next week. So for this week, it’s all eyes on the ‘Water Cube’ in Beijing where Michael Phelps has begun his quest for 8 gold medals in style. This morning (well, […]
Kenya vs. Ethiopia
As you’ve no doubt noticed by now, we’re somewhat partial to the endurance sports here at The Science of Sport. And with the Olympics now only 24 days away, we’re starting to turn our attention to what are sure to be 3 weeks of magnificent racing action, especially on the track and roads in the […]
Build-up to Beijing: Controversy reigns
The swimsuit wars hot up Olympic controversy is the name of the game today, unfortunately. Starting with the less sedate of those stories, below is a very short article I was sent yesterday evening concerning the latest news around the ongoing swimsuit debate. This debate, which we have tried to cover for you in the […]
The Beijing Olympics: pollution and performance
Yesterday bought the sensational news that Haile Gebrselassie had made the “99% sure” decision to withdraw from the Olympic Marathon in Beijing and rather enter the 10,000m event. His reason? The pollution, combined with his asthma, the heat and the humidity in Beijing posed a risk to his health, and he did not wish to […]
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