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  • The man with Charisma - Mark Todd - Equestrian | Video

    The man with Charisma - Mark Todd - Equestrian

    Until the arrival of Mark Todd, no rider from New Zealand had ever placed in the top 20 in an individual event, much less come close to winning a medal. Todd was a 28-year-old dairy farmer who sold much of his herd to finance his Olympic quest. Previously, at the Los Angeles 1984 Games, Todd and his beloved horse, Charisma, were in second place after the dressage and endurance portions of the three-day event. Four years later, at the Seoul 1988 Olympics, Todd and Charisma (at age 16) led the field in both the dressage and endurance stages, then knocked over just one fence to become only the second repeat winners of the three-day event. Mark Todd would later take part of the Barcelona 1992, Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, winning a bronze medal in Sydney.
  • Mark Spitz - 100m butterfly - Swimming | Video

    Mark Spitz - 100m butterfly - Swimming

    Relive the thrilling battle for gold in the first ever men’s Olympic 100m butterfly final, at Mexico City 1968, where American swimming legend Mark Spitz was beaten to the touch by compatriot Doug Russell.
  • White Gets The Highest Halfpipe Execution Marks | Video

    White Gets The Highest Halfpipe Execution Marks

    With a powerful performance American Shaun White achieves Olympic glory, winning his first gold medal in the halfpipe competition. The 19 year old White, performs a near perfect first run getting the highest execution marks of 46.8 points. Compatriot Daniel Kass captures his second consecutive silver medal. Markku Koski of Finland takes the bronze medal home. Snowboard Halfpipe Men's Final - Turin 2006 Winter Olympics - Shaun White (USA), Daniel Kass (USA), Markku Koski (FIN)
  • Sochi 2014 marks 100 days to go | Video

    Sochi 2014 marks 100 days to go

    The Sochi 2014 Organising Committee has marked 100 days to go until the 2014 Olympic Winter Games with a series of events across Russia, including the unveiling of the official uniform for volunteers and staff.
  • Jessica Fox makes her mark as Fer takes Slalom gold | Video

    Jessica Fox makes her mark as Fer takes Slalom gold

    London 2012 - France's Emilie Fer took gold in the women's Individual Kayak Slalom (K1). But Australian teenager Jessica Fox, whose British-born father is five-time world champion Richard Fox, captured headlines after she won a surprise silver medal, having capsized in her first qualifying run.
  • Beach Volleyball review - Germany makes its mark | Video

    Beach Volleyball review - Germany makes its mark

    London 2012 - The USA continued their dominance of women's Beach Volleyball at the Games but victory for a European nation saw the form book ripped up in the men's competition. On the women's side of the draw it was once again the powerhouse pairing of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh who prevailed. But in the men's competition, the biggest surprise was the arrival of Germany as a major player at Olympic level.
  • Kiprotich pulls off stunning Marathon win | Video

    Kiprotich pulls off stunning Marathon win

    London 2012 - Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich stunned the Kenyan challenge to clinch Olympic gold in the men's Marathon on The Mall. The 23-year-old burst past Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang around the 38km mark to claim Uganda's second-ever Olympic gold in Athletics.
  • The Olympic Flame Begins Its Journey | Video

    The Olympic Flame Begins Its Journey

    With only 78 days until the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Olympic flame was lit at Olympia during a ceremony organised by the Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC). The lighting symbolically marked the beginning of the Torch Relay that brought the flame to the Olympic Stadium in London on 27 July.
  • 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.
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