The Impact of American Collegiate Women’s Soccer in the 2012 Olympics

Guest Blog by Chief Executive, Andrew Kean Our earlier blog saw us taking a look at the impact of US collegiate swimmers at the London 2012 Olympics, and in particular, the medal podium. With an impressive haul of 72 medals from American sports scholarship recipients; it was fair to say that impact of the US college sport was dominant when compared to the infrastructure and development programs of other nations – including the UK (3 swimming medals). But, was it only in the swimming events that American scholarship athletes dominated? Within the US collegiate sports system, women’s soccer has become one of the fastest growing and most competitive sports in the nation.  The US National team is primarily made-up of … Continued

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Top 10 Olympic 2012 Moments

Having just held an Olympic Games described as the ‘best modern Olympic Games ever‘ we decided to round up some of the most memorable moments from London 2012: 1. Mo Farah’s 10,000 and 5000m Triumph Farah’s incredible win over the weekend makes him one of only six men to claim the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres titles at the same Olympics. He joins athletics superstars such as Czech Emil Zatopek, Soviet Vladimir Kuts, and Finland’s Lasse Viren, who did the double at both the 1972 and 1976 Games. Our greatest athlete said after his victory: “Two gold medals? Who would have thought that? It’s a dream, and everything worked out well. The crowd were amazing. They made an unbelievable noise.” – … Continued

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Women’s Olympic Soccer Final

Tonight will see The USA play Japan in the women’s soccer final at the Olympics, a familiar setting for both teams, and a rematch of the 2011 World Cup final, where Japan beat the Americans in last minute penalty shoot-outs. Losing to Japan is something that, in the words of USA’s Abby Wambach, the American team have been living with since that moment, and is something that they use to drive and motivate the team.   The Final tonight will take place in front of a packed (anticipated) 90,000 strong crowd at Wembley Stadium, the largest crowd most of the Japanese and American players have ever played in front of, and potentially the largest crowd to watch the sport at … Continued

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10 Past and Present Olympic Sports You Didn’t Know Existed

Present Race-Walking Turns out watching some of the fastest walkers in the world can be strangely hypnotising!   BMX Cycling The fast and furious sport of BMX makes only its second Olympic appearance at the London 2012 Games. BMX (Bicycle Motocross) began to take off in the late 1960s in California, around the time that motocross became popular in the US. The motorised sport was the inspiration for the pedal-powered version – a breathtaking spectacle that’s since become popular all over the world.   Handball Team handball was introduced as an Olympic sport for men at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, but dropped after that, only to be resumed at the 1972 Summer Olympics, again on German territory. Women’s … Continued

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