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  • The countdown is on to Innsbruck 2012! | Video

    The countdown is on to Innsbruck 2012!

    Today marks the “one year to go” milestone for Innsbruck 2012! In one year exactly, the world’s best young athletes of between 15 and 18 years old will attend the Opening Ceremony of the first edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games.
  • Oda ends epic journey with landmark gold | Video

    Oda ends epic journey with landmark gold

    When modern-day athletes occasionally lament a lack of training facilities they would do well to ponder the experiences of Japanese jumper Mikio Oda. Oda, from Hiroshima, would enter the history books at the Olympic Games in Amsterdam of 1928 by becoming the first Asian, never mind Japanese, to win an individual gold medal on the biggest sporting stage of them all. But it wasn’t until after a journey of epic proportions to get him to the Olympic Stadium on that slightly rainy, windswept afternoon. Oda was a particularly versatile jumper but opted to specialise in the triple jump, finishing a respectable sixth place at the 1924 Games in Paris. Faced with making a similarly long trip to Europe, Oda’s only option was to take an epic train journey lasting several days through the heart of Siberia. With no training facilities en route, and his meagre budget meaning he had to eat the cheapest food available – usually soup – when he arrived in Amsterdam he was not quite in the best of shapes. But an enjoyable training environment when he got to Holland focused his mind and he knew a strong performance could earn him and his Continent’s first individual gold medal. Running on a rutted grass track and jumping into an uneven sandpit, the conditions did not exactly suit world class jumping but it didn’t faze Oda one bit and he opened with a leap of 15.13metres. The distance surprised him as he wasn’t the best of starters but it did serve to give him the added confidence he needed to go even further. In the best round he recorded a mark of 15.21m which would not be bettered. By the time his medal ceremony came round, Oda had already left Amsterdam for a meet in Paris, and his gold was collected on his behalf by another Japanese athlete. Thirty six years later at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, the main stadium flag measured at 15.21m in honour of Oda’s breakthrough gold medal for Asia.
  • Austalia Go To The Top Of The Table | Video

    Austalia Go To The Top Of The Table

    Tournament favourite Australia defeat Pakistan in the preliminary round of men's hockey. Pakistan score first in the 16th minute, but Australia equalise four minutes later. In the second half, Australia go one up and then get the insurance marker in the 59th minute to win 3-1. The victory puts them at the top of the table with the Netherlands on nine points. Hockey Men Preliminary Pool B - Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics - PAK vs AUS
  • Turin Welcomes the World to the XX Winter Olympics | Video

    Turin Welcomes the World to the XX Winter Olympics

    Turin marks the beginning of the XX Winter Olympic games with an opening ceremony based on the values of peace and fellowship, celebrating the best of Italy with breathtaking performances and moments of great spectacle. Countries unite once more to march in the traditional parade of nations and cross country skiier Stefania Belmondo gets the honor to light the Olympic flame thrilling the 35,000-strong audience. Opening Ceremony - Turin 2006 Winter Olympics
  • Sun Yang storms to 400m freestyle gold | Video

    Sun Yang storms to 400m freestyle gold

    London 2012 - Sun Yang of China was crowned Olympic champion in the men's 400m Freestyle as he continued to leave an indelible mark on the global stage. Sun finished in 3:40.14 – an Olympic record and just outside Paul Biedermann's 2009 mark.
  • Spaniards Win in Overtime Against China | Video

    Spaniards Win in Overtime Against China

    China gets close to the victory keeping the lead most of the match, but loses it to Spain in the last minutes of the game. To the delight of the crowd, China leads by 9 at half time, but in 2nd half Spain's NBA stars lead their team back, tying the game at 70-70. China shoots a 2 pointer, but Mark Gasol scores to tie the game in the dying seconds to force overtime. Spain closes with a win by 10, 85-75 in group B. Basketball Men's Preliminary Group B - Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games - ESP, CHN
  • Bresset rides to Mountain Bike gold for France | Video

    Bresset rides to Mountain Bike gold for France

    London 2012 - A dominant performance saw Julie Bresset of France win the women's Cross-country Mountain Bike event at Hadleigh Farm. The Beijing 2008 champion Sabine Spitz of Germany was second, 1:02 behind, with Georgia Gould of the USA third, six seconds further adrift.
  • China Wins 1st Olympic Title in Rowing | Video

    China Wins 1st Olympic Title in Rowing

    The Chinese crew rows to victory, winning gold in the quadruple sculls and claiming the first Olympic title in rowing for their country. China finishes the 2000m race in a winning time of 6:16.06, followed by the British quartet, who leads most of the race but gets surpassed by China after the 1500m mark, settling for the silver medal. Germany finishes in 6:19.56, taking the bronze medal home. Rowing Women's Quadruple Sculls Without Coxswain Final - Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics - CHN, GBR, GER
  • “Sport is a great conversation opener and human-experience opener that puts us eye to eye” | Video

    “Sport is a great conversation opener and human-experience opener that puts us eye to eye”

    For over 15 years, Canadian swimmer Mark Tewksbury has been using his success as an Olympian to fight against discrimination and defend gay rights in the sporting world. He is one of many inspirational athletes who, in the lead-up to the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) on 6 April, illustrates how sport can be a tool for social change contributing to a better world.
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