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Looking back at the Olympics: Sydney 2000

SYDNEY 2000 A memorable Games for Water-sports As is often the case at the Olympics, the host nation – in this case Australia – excelled. To

SYDNEY 2000 A memorable Games for Water-sports As is often the case at the Olympics, the host nation – in this case Australia – excelled. To

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Looking back at the Olympics 1992-1996

BARCELONA 1992 A changed world boycotts Olympic boycotts Politically, much had changed in the world between 1988 and 1992. The Soviet bloc had

BARCELONA 1992 A changed world boycotts Olympic boycotts Politically, much had changed in the world between 1988 and 1992. The Soviet bloc had

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Looking back at the Olympics 1896-1904

ATHENS 1896 The first modern Olympic Games was held in Athens. According to the International Olympic Committee, 14 countries took part although

ATHENS 1896 The first modern Olympic Games was held in Athens. According to the International Olympic Committee, 14 countries took part although

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Looking back at the Olympics 1980-1988

MOSCOW 1980 US boycott reduces the numbers Only 80 countries took part in the 1980 Moscow Games, the lowest number since 1956. The USA led a

MOSCOW 1980 US boycott reduces the numbers Only 80 countries took part in the 1980 Moscow Games, the lowest number since 1956. The USA led a

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Looking back at the Olympics 1908-1920

LONDON 1908 A longer Marathon provides the highlight The 1908 Games had originally been awarded to Rome but it became clear that the Italian

LONDON 1908 A longer Marathon provides the highlight The 1908 Games had originally been awarded to Rome but it became clear that the Italian

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Looking back at the Olympics 1968-1976

MEXICO CITY 1968: Records vanish into thin air For the first, and so far only time the Games were held at high altitude in the Mexican capital. The

MEXICO CITY 1968: Records vanish into thin air For the first, and so far only time the Games were held at high altitude in the Mexican capital. The

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Why are Australians so good at sport?

It’s easy to talk to most Australians about sport. They like talking about it because they are, on the whole, good at it. At the Olympics, Australia

It’s easy to talk to most Australians about sport. They like talking about it because they are, on the whole, good at it. At the Olympics, Australia

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Why does India perform so poorly at the Olympics?

In terms of population size and medals won, there is no worse Olympic performer than India. It seems strange that a country of more than 1.2 billion

In terms of population size and medals won, there is no worse Olympic performer than India. It seems strange that a country of more than 1.2 billion

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What does it take to win an Olympic medal?

This summer in London, just over 10,000 athletes from 205 nations will be vying for around 1,000 Olympic medals spread across 302 events. Roughly one

This summer in London, just over 10,000 athletes from 205 nations will be vying for around 1,000 Olympic medals spread across 302 events. Roughly one

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Olympics: planned economies and the need to succeed

The entry of the USSR and its satellite states into the Olympic arena changed the dynamic of the Games. The idea that it’s ‘not the winning but the

The entry of the USSR and its satellite states into the Olympic arena changed the dynamic of the Games. The idea that it’s ‘not the winning but the