Why are the Olympics important: 2

One of our V&A questions recently was “why are the Olympics important?”  Here, Prof Steve Haake gives his personal take on the importance of the Olympics. Seven years ago, in 2005, one of my colleagues (Dr John Hart) and I were lucky enough to be invited to Singapore for the UK’s bid for the Olympics.  […]

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Why are the Olympics important?

With only a few weeks to go until the opening ceremony of the Olympics the hot topic in our ‘Ask a Sports Engineer’ question box this week was about the Olympics and the importance of the event. History The Olympics originally started as a series of competitions between representatives from cities in Ancient Greece. The […]

Gold fever: predicting the number of medals for Team GB at London 2012

The great physicist Niels Bohr was responsible for the famous quote “prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future”.  Of course that doesn’t stop us trying – especially when it comes to sport and doubly so if you are hosting the next Olympics in London. Some of my colleagues (Simon Shibli and Chris […]

Running with breasts, a weighty issue

Recently, I received an email from Inside the Games, an online newsletter used to keep people up-to-date on the London 2012 Olympics and other events.  It had the following headline: Rawlinson removes breast implants to help win Olympic gold in London With only this to go on, I was confused because the only Rawlinson I […]