What is the global standing of the Commonwealth Games? How do nations and sports compare, within an Olympic-focused strategy? A look at how Commonwealth Games success, and our response to it, might be calibrated against the bigger, global picture
Top 8 of ’08: Number 8
As promised, today begins a short series which also serves as our summary of the year’s sports science news. I’ll be looking at the Top 8 stories of 2008, with a sports science spin (in case you were wondering, eight is the lucky number of the year – just ask the Chinese who started the Games on 8/8/08, […]
The Beijing Olympic Games have come and gone. And with them, aided by technology including a uniformly deeper pool, improved wash-off areas, and high-tech swimsuits, so have 70 world swimming records this year. In fact, swimming now suffers from such a dramatic credibility crisis that a race in which a world record is NOT broken is a […]
The Paralympics: What to make of it?
Last week saw the curtain call of the Olympic cycle for four years, and the Paralympic Games came to an end amidst a spectacular closing ceremony. It brought to an end the biggest Paralympic Games to date – in terms of atheltes, support staff, media coverage, and financial incentives (both direct and indirect for athletes), […]
Usain Bolt 9.55s? Yeah, right
Yesterday, the news wires were buzzing with the news that scientists in Oslo predicted that Usain Bolt, Jamaica’s triple Olympic champ, would have run 9.55 seconds had he not celebrated prematurely in his 100m final in Beijing. It was on the radios, internet, TV news, all over. A while back, just after that race, we […]
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