Danger Games: All-action attraction of Sochi
Australian Cameron Bolton fractured a bone in his arm in the snowboard cross competition.
February 19th, 2014
12:18 PM ET

Danger Games: All-action attraction of Sochi

Arguably only three events at the Winter Games could be deemed low risk to athletes' health. That is to say, with a small chance of injury from speed, stage or equipment.

By my reckoning curling, cross-country skiing and biathlon are low risk, though even in the last discipline - given athletes are carrying a firearm - there is a potential for injury.

All the others border on the bonkers end of the risk spectrum when you take a moment to assess them. Other global sport competitions just can't match the feast of fear-conquering on show here.

In the Summer Games, the 100 meters is undoubtedly a tough competition to take part in, but the injury threat it carries can't be too dissimilar from a walk in the park.
FULL POST

Hockey superpower showdown: How great was that?
Fans were out in full force to watch a battle of hockey superpowers.
February 15th, 2014
05:19 PM ET

Hockey superpower showdown: How great was that?

Let's wind this back a bit. In the 1960s, during the height of the Cold War, the United States of America and the Soviet Union took the world to the brink of nuclear war over 13 long days of missile mayhem in Cuba.

How nice then, that in 2014, not only are we all still alive and breathing but that relations have improved to such an extent that when the mother country of the USSR, Russia, now hosts an Olympics, America turns up to participate.

Better still, all of the historical grievances, cultural differences and national posturing can live on, peacefully, through the prism of a sport both nations are completely united in their passion over.

Ice hockey: It's the game that always takes top billing at the Winter Olympics, the men's final has a box-office appeal that no other event can match. And it's easy to see why.
FULL POST

From Russia with love: Sochi volunteers give good vibes
Russia's legion of Olympic volunteers have given the Sochi Games a human touch.
February 10th, 2014
01:24 PM ET

From Russia with love: Sochi volunteers give good vibes

It's not a fashionable thing, to report good news.

As a reporter the focus is all too often on unearthing the "sexier" headline and go straight for the jugular. And let's face it, Sochi has had plenty of bad press.

"Tradition is the living faith of the dead" as theologian Jan Pelikan once said and I'm in romantic mood, and not only because Valentine's Day is just around the corner.

So here's a thought for you – Sochi is proving more charming than anticipated. FULL POST

January 30th, 2014
04:03 PM ET

Sochi 2014: Will the Winter Olympics be safe?

In the last few weeks we've had suicide bombers in Volgograd killing more than 34 people, and Islamic militants promising a "present" to organizers and visitors to Sochi in February.

At least five Olympic committees have received letters in Russian making “a terrorist threat” before the Winter Games, and security forces are hunting a woman suspected of planning a suicide bombing who is believed to already be in Sochi.

For any journalist covering a major event like this, the experience should be about reporting mind-boggling feats of skill and endurance. But Sochi feels different and I’m sure many – be they athletes or journalists – will travel to the Black Sea resort with feelings of trepidation. FULL POST

Posted by ,
Filed under:  Olympics
December 9th, 2013
04:42 PM ET

Posted by ,
Filed under:  Olympics
October 24th, 2013
03:08 PM ET

Posted by ,
Filed under:  Olympics
September 19th, 2013
10:31 AM ET

Posted by ,
Filed under:  Olympics
September 8th, 2013
05:00 PM ET

Posted by ,
Filed under:  Olympics
August 3rd, 2012
08:51 PM ET

Behind the scenes with Graf and Agassi

Tennis stars Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf married in 2001 and have two children. (Getty Images)
Tennis stars Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf married in 2001 and have two children. (Getty Images)

Roger Federer, Alex Ferguson, Mike Tyson, David Beckham and even Tiger Woods!

I’ve been fortunate and truly blessed to have interviewed some of sport's biggest names one-on-one, but for years there remained a glaring hole in my professional resume.

Or rather two glaring holes: Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf. I’d have taken some time with even just one of them, but the two of them together and the chance of a first ever trip to Las Vegas? Not something I was about to pass up! FULL POST

Posted by ,
Filed under:  Olympics • Tennis
July 28th, 2012
10:17 PM ET

Is swimming's greatest rivalry now dead in the water?

A despondent Michael Phelps ponders what could have been after he came fourth in the 400m individual medley. (Getty)
A despondent Michael Phelps ponders what could have been after he came fourth in the 400m individual medley. (Getty)

Michael Phelps can claim to be the greatest swimmer of all-time for the following reasons:

- In 2008, he performed one of the greatest feats in Olympic history by winning eight gold medals from eight events in the pool
- He has set 29 individual world records, which is in itself a record
- He is the most successful swimmer in World Championships history boasting a haul of 26 gold medals
- And his success has transcended and changed his sport

And at the age of 27, the man known as the Baltimore Bullet and the Flying Fish, was primed to add clear water to any pretenders to the throne by netting a further seven golds to his burgeoning spoils of water-based combat at the London Games. The scene was set for history to once again be rewritten and to add to the spectacle Phelps would need to conquer one of the greatest rivalries in sport, on the greatest of stages, to take glory. FULL POST

« older posts