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  • Wheels of industry

    Wheels of industry

    London 2012 - Capitalists in top hats survey the emerging industrial revolution from a 19th Century horse-drawn London omnibus in the Isles of Wonder Opening Ceremony
    Saturday, July 28, 2012 7:00 AM | Photo
  • Beach goers?

    Beach goers?

    London 2012 - Cool London weather has spectators wearing jackets and jumpers to watch women’s volleyball action at the Horse Guards Parade venue.
    Tuesday, July 31, 2012 2:30 PM | Photo
  • Iconic venue

    Iconic venue

    London 2012 - Horse Guards Parade at dusk, an iconic location for Olympic beach volleyball action.
    Tuesday, July 31, 2012 2:30 PM | Photo
  • Glastonbury comes to Stratford

    Glastonbury comes to Stratford

    London 2012 - The opening section of the London 2012 Opening Ceremony, 'Green and Pleasant Land' featured waterwheels, horses tilling soil, cottages billowing chimney smoke, and this group of umbrella-toting country women out for a stroll on a replica of Glastonbury Tor
    Friday, July 27, 2012 4:00 PM | Photo
  • Number 25 for St Paul's

    Number 25 for St Paul's

    London 2012 - Horse-drawn London buses rolled through the stadium as the idyllic pastoral opening of green and pleasant fields was replaced by scenes from the Industrial Revolution, with factory bosses in top hats and growing, crowded cities
    Friday, July 27, 2012 4:00 PM | Photo
  • 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.
  • USA v USA women's beach volleyball final - highlights | Video

    USA v USA women's beach volleyball final - highlights

    London 2012 - Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh of the USA won gold in the all-American final of the women's Beach Volleyball at Horse Guards Parade. Watch highlights of the match.
  • Sergeant Jones - Jumping - Equestrian | Video

    Sergeant Jones - Jumping - Equestrian

    Sergeant Reuben Jones of the Royal Horse Artillery enjoyed his finest hour on 21 October 1968 in Mexico City, jumping a clear round on his mount, The Poacher , to win team eventing gold for Great Britain.
  • Flying Finn Ritola signs off with fifth gold | Video

    Flying Finn Ritola signs off with fifth gold

    Ville, or Willie, Ritola unfortunately played second fiddle during one of the greatest dynasties Olympic track and field has ever witnessed. Much like the Kenyans and Ethiopians dominate distance running now, in the 1920s success in the longer events was the sole preserve of the Finns. At the forefront of that success was the inimitable Paavo Nurmi -– whose record of nine golds stood until American swimmer Michael Phelps finally broke it – and Ritola had to long live in the shadow of his legendary countryman.   Ritola had a commanding Olympic record; four years earlier at the Games in Paris he won four golds and two silvers and his tally would have been better but for the ever-present Nurmi. He finished runner-up to his fellow Finn in the 5,000m and the cross country but shattered his own world record in winning the 10,000m by a huge distance.   Four years later and again the medals were expected to be shared between the two team mates. Nurmi won his ninth and last gold medal in a scintillating 10,000m with Ritola clinging on until a burst down the home straight sent Nurmi past the tape about two metres clear. Then in the 5,000m, Ritola was eager for revenge and it proved to be a highly tactical race in front of a packed, expectant crowd at the Olympic Stadium.   Nurmi upped the pace at halfway and most of the field were lagging badly. Ritola and Swede Edvin Wide kept up with the Finn and as the event entered the final 400m it was a three-horse race.But with Ritola at the front, his head ducking inside to catch a glimpse of Nurmi on his shoulder, the decisive break came with 150 metres to go. Ritola burst clear and Nurmi immediately glanced back to ensure his silver was safe knowing his countryman’s burst of speed had put the gold beyond him.    
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