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All rights reserved.en Olympic Committee builds for London 2012 as triathlon, rowing and sailing events take place<p class="iocCopyIntro">Preparations for <a href="/_Templates_/Pages/FutureGameAdvanced.aspx?id=120390&epslanguage=en">London 2012</a> have stepped up another gear, with major international sporting events taking place at the <a href="/_Templates_/Pages/Sport.aspx?id=31726&epslanguage=en">triathlon</a>, <a href="/_Templates_/Pages/Sport.aspx?id=31123&epslanguage=en">rowing</a> and <a href="/_Templates_/Pages/Sport.aspx?id=31594&epslanguage=en">sailing</a> venues, as excitement continues to build ahead of next year’s <a href="/_Templates_/Pages/GamesHome.aspx?id=29&epslanguage=en">Olympic Games</a>. </p> <p>London’s Hyde Park played host to the world’s leading triathletes from 6-7 August as part of the <a href="/_Templates_/Pages/SportFederation.aspx?id=31735&epslanguage=en">ITU</a> World Championship Series, while Eton’s Dorney Lake staged the Junior World Rowing Championships from 3-7 August. Elsewhere, the 2011 Weymouth and Portland International Regatta has brought elite sailors from around the world together to compete in 10 Olympic classes in Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour, which will host the sailing events during the Games next year.</p> <p>All three events were being used by the <a href="">London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG)</a> to test crucial aspects of its Games-time operations. The events are also helping to build excitement among the general public by giving them the chance to enjoy the experience of watching world-class sport in Olympic venues.</p> <p>Britain’s Alistair Brownlee triumphed in the men’s triathlon in Hyde Park and was impressed by the enthusiasm of the crowd as he crossed the finish line. The 2009 world champion is already looking forward to a similar response during the Games next year.</p> <p>"It was one of the best receptions I've ever had and the whole event was a great experience," said Brownlee. "The run down the last stretch was incredible. I'm sure there'll be 10 times as many people in 2012."<br /><img alt="" src="/Global/Images/News/08-2011/08/LOCOG_Test_BIG_2.jpg" />The 14-day Weymouth and Portland International Regatta has seen 460 sailors descend on the Olympic venue in order to gain experience of the course ahead of London 2012. Finn competitor Pieter Jan Postma, from the <a href="/_Templates_/Pages/Country.aspx?id=31269&epslanguage=en">Netherlands</a>, is one of those who is pleased to have the opportunity to compete in Weymouth before the Games next year.</p> <p>“It is good that we have a test event here to learn the conditions,” said Postma. “It's good to get familiar and know the surroundings.”</p> <p>The Junior World Rowing Championships, at Dorney Lake near Windsor, saw almost 600 young rowing stars from 48 countries compete at the Olympic venue, giving LOCOG the chance to test important aspects of its Games-time operations, such as the sporting field of play and the results, timing and scoring systems.</p> <p>“It’s incredibly exciting to see our work come to fruition and to see elite athletes competing on the lake,” said LOCOG’s Director of Sport, Debbie Jevans. “We can see how it will be in 2012. There is a view of Windsor Castle in the background, so it looks fantastic. It's one of the best rowing facilities in the world.”</p>8/8/2011 12:58:00 PM Opportunity: Katherine Grainger, rowing<p class="iocCopyIntro">Olympic Review continues its countdown to the 2012 Games with exclusive interviews with stars of the 26 sports on the programme, who are targeting gold in London. After winning silver at three consecutive editions of the Olympic Games, Katherine Grainger is confident she can finally land that elusive gold medal on home waters next year.</p> <p><strong>How did it feel to win world championship gold in the <a href="/_Templates_/Pages/SportEvent.aspx?id=31394&epslanguage=en">double sculls</a> last year?<br /></strong>It was fantastic for Anna and I to win in New Zealand and complete an undefeated season in the double. And it was such a great experience to race in front of the incredible crowds at Karapiro.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p><strong>Does being world champion add to the pressure?<br /></strong>I don’t think so, it’s a very special title to have and I value it hugely. I think it comes with a responsibility to try to be a better athlete in every way, but I don’t feel it adds any pressure.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p><strong>Will home support help you win that elusive Olympic gold medal?<br /></strong>Let’s hope so! I have no doubt that the crowds in <a href="/_Templates_/Pages/FutureGameAdvanced.aspx?id=120390&epslanguage=en">London</a> will be an inspiration for everyone.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p><strong>Which nations are going to be the strongest competitors?<br /></strong>It’s early to say, I think we’ll see what develops this season as people try for the Olympic qualification slots across different events. Usually the pre-Olympic year sees a healthy rise in numbers of crews and in the level of competition.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p><strong>Team GB has a great tradition of Olympic champion rowers, what is it about British rowing that breeds this formula?<br /></strong>Inspirational athletes like <a href="/_Templates_/Pages/Athlete.aspx?id=32153&epslanguage=en">Steve Redgrave</a> and <a href="/_Templates_/Pages/Athlete.aspx?id=32144&epslanguage=en">Matthew Pinsent</a> not only set the standard for other <a href="/_Templates_/Pages/AthletesHome.aspx?id=31&epslanguage=en">athletes</a> but also showed just what was possible. Over the years, that success has spread to women’s and lightweight programmes and we are at a place now where we work with some of the best coaches in the world, plus the support staff and management are all exceptional. Success has certainly bred success and everyone continues to push each other’s standards up.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p><strong>Did you always dream of being an Olympian?<br /></strong>I always loved watching the <a href="/_Templates_/Pages/GamesHome.aspx?id=29&epslanguage=en">Olympic Games</a> growing up but I didn’t see myself as a full-time athlete. I was probably like most kids and went through the stage of wanting to be things like an astronaut, a trapeze artist and a vet.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p><strong>How does the average training week work?<br /></strong>Huge amounts of training and a little bit of social life – no surprises there then!&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p><strong>What is currently on your MP3 player?<br /></strong>An enormous range of music – I listen to it a lot, so variety really is the answer for me.&nbsp; </p> <p><a href="">Enjoy the e-zine version of the March issue of Olympic Review magazine!<br /></a></p>4/19/2011 9:00:00 AM 2010 adopts new sport formats<p class="iocCopyIntro">The first <a href="/_Templates_/Pages/YOGHome.aspx?id=78586&epslanguage=en">Youth Olympic Games (YOG)</a> in Singapore will feature all 26 sports currently on the programme of the London 2012 Olympic Games. What will differ in some cases are the disciplines and format, such as 3 on 3 street basketball, a mixed gender relay in the swimming pool, a medley relay on the track or events in which athletes from different National Olympic Committees compete on the same team. Read on to see what your favourite sports will consist of in Singapore...</p> <h5>Aquatics (diving and swimming)<br /></h5> <p><a href=";p=1&amp;programmeId=AQ">Aquatics</a> comprises diving and swimming. There will be two diving events for both men and women, 3m springboard and 10m platform. Swimming events include freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly and medley, both individual and relay. As a first, a mixed gender event for 4 x 100m freestyle relay and 4 x 100m medley relay is included.</p> <h5>Archery<br /></h5> <p><a href=";p=1&amp;programmeId=AR">Archery</a> will feature individual men, women and mixed team competitions. The distance that athletes will be shooting is 70m. </p> <h5>Athletics<br /></h5> <p><a href=";p=1&amp;programmeId=AT">Athletics</a> comprises a total 36 events for both men and women. The track events will include 1000m and 3000m races as well as a 2000m steeplechase and a medley relay. There will be eight field events (four jumps and four throws).<br /><br /><img alt="" src="/Global/Images/Home%20page/pushblocks/2010/08/YOG_Sports_BIG_Athletics.jpg" /></p> <h5>Badminton<br /></h5> <p><a href=";p=1&amp;programmeId=BD">Badminton</a> will feature men’s and women’s singles events in Singapore. </p> <h5>Basketball<br /></h5> <p><a href=";p=1&amp;programmeId=BK">Basketball</a> 3 on 3 will be played at the YOG. There will be two teams of three players on court at any one time. This fast-paced game is played on a half court, with&nbsp;one basketball hoop. It includes two periods of five minutes each. The winner is the first team to score 33 points, or the team that is leading the game at the end of the fifteen minutes of play. </p> <h5>Boxing<br /></h5> <p><a href=";p=1&amp;programmeId=BX">Boxing</a> will feature men’s events. There will be 11 different weight categories, ranging from 48kg to the 91kg+ division.</p> <h5>Canoe-Kayak <br /></h5> <p><a href=";p=1&amp;programmeId=CA">Canoe-Kayak</a> will feature four events for men and two for women. Both will race <br />in head-to-head sprints and obstacle slaloms in the kayak category. The men will also compete in the same events in canoes.</p> <h5>Cycling <br /></h5> <p>The <a href=";p=1&amp;programmeId=CY">Cycling</a> competition will involve teams. Each team consists of three men and one woman. The three men are required to compete in one discipline each (BMX, MTB and Time Trial), while the woman has to compete in all three disciplines. All male riders also have to compete in the Road Race.</p> <h5>Equestrian<br /></h5> <p>In <a href=";p=2&amp;programmeId=EQ">Equestrian</a>, only the jumping events will take place (team and individual). The Organising Committee will provide the horses, which will be assigned to riders by draw. For the team event, there will be six teams representing each FEI regional zone. </p> <h5>Fencing<br /></h5> <p><a href=";p=2&amp;programmeId=FE">Fencing</a> will feature individual competitions in the foil, epée and sabre for men and women, and a mixed team competition.</p> <h5>Football<br /></h5> <p><a href=";p=2&amp;programmeId=FB">Football</a> will consist of a six-team competition, representing all continents, for both men and women.</p> <h5>Gymnastics<br /></h5> <p><a href=";p=2&amp;programmeId=GY">Gymnastics</a> is split into artistic and rhythmic, as in the Olympic Games. The artistic competition will feature eight individual men’s events and six individual women’s events. The rhythmic competition consists of two events – individual and team – for women.</p> <h5>Handball<br /></h5> <p><a href=";p=2&amp;programmeId=HB">Handball</a> is a six-team tournament, representing all continents, for men and for women.</p> <h5>Hockey<br /></h5> <p><a href=";p=2&amp;programmeId=HO">Hockey</a> is the same as football and handball – a six-team competition, representing all continents for both men and women. </p> <h5>Judo<br /></h5> <p>There are a total of eight weight categories for both men and women in the <a href=";p=2&amp;programmeId=JU">Judo</a> competition. There is also a mixed team event.</p> <h5>Modern Pentathlon <br /></h5> <p>The <a href=";p=2&amp;programmeId=MP">Modern Pentathlon</a> competition consists of four of the five modern pentathlon disciplines: fencing, swimming, running and shooting. The fifth discipline, riding, will not be competed at Singapore 2010. The run-shoot format will be competed. In the Combined event, laser shooting is being used for the first time.</p> <h5>Rowing<br /></h5> <p>Both the men and women will compete in two events in <a href=";p=2&amp;programmeId=RO">Rowing</a> – single sculls and pairs.</p> <h5>Sailing<br /></h5> <p>The <a href=";p=2&amp;programmeId=SA">Sailing</a> competition comprises four events, with men and women sailing in either the one person dinghy or the windsurfing.</p> <h5>Shooting</h5> <p>In <a href=";p=3&amp;programmeId=SH">Shooting</a>, the men and women will compete in both air rifle and air pistol. </p> <h5>Table Tennis<br /></h5> <p><a href=";p=3&amp;programmeId=TT">Table tennis</a> will consist of men’s singles, women’s singles and a mixed team competition.</p> <h5>Taekwondo</h5> <p><a href=";p=3&amp;programmeId=TK">Taekwondo</a> will see athletes competing in five weight categories per gender.</p> <h5>Tennis<br /></h5> <p>There will be both men’s singles and doubles and women’s singles and doubles in the <a href=";p=3&amp;programmeId=TE">Tennis</a> tournament.</p> <h5>Triathlon<br /></h5> <p>The <a href=";p=3&amp;programmeId=TR">Triathlon</a> competition format for individual competitions includes a 750m swim in open water, a 20km cycle ride and a 5km run. The 4 x mixed team relay competition includes a 250m swim in open water, a 7km cycle ride and a 1.7km run. </p> <h5>Volleyball</h5> <p><a href=";p=3&amp;programmeId=VO">Volleyball</a> is a six-team men’s and women’s competition.</p> <h5>Weightlifting<br /></h5> <p><a href=";p=3&amp;programmeId=WL">Weightlifting</a> sees men competing in six weight categories, while women will compete in five weight categories. The combined results of the Snatch and the Clean &amp; Jerk will produce the champion of each weight category.</p> <h5>Wrestling<br /></h5> <p>The <a href=";p=3&amp;programmeId=WR">Wrestling</a> competition will see men compete in Greco-Roman (five weight categories) and freestyle (five weight categories) and women in freestyle (four weight categories). <br /></p>8/12/2010 3:39:00 PM