2016 Rio Olympic Games Round-up

As another Oxford year begins, with a debauched Freshers’ Week or a raft of collections, the time has come to cast an eye back over the summer. The Olympic Games came as a welcome antidote to the sustained drudgery of Euro 2016, bringing the usual sights of world records dropping like flies, gold medals for […]

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Rio 2016: Oxford’s Olympians

With the 2016 Rio Olympics just days away, members of Team GB will be completing their final preparations ahead of the competition. Amongst the team are a number of Oxonians – here are the ones with the best shot of a medal. Andrew Triggs-Hodge MBE Rower Andrew Triggs-Hodge is no stranger to the Olympics, having […]

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Looking ahead to Rio 2016

  Rio de Janeiro plays host to this year’s Summer Olympic Games, and the excitement is already building. Thousands of athletes from around the world will descend on the Brazilian city in early August, competing in events that span 28 different sports and 41 distinct disciplines across more than two weeks of non-stop athletic competition. […]

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2012: A sporting miscellany

Matt Handley, Miles Dilworth, Ben Crome, Alex Tyndall, and Joe Mansour take a look at this year’s highlights and lowlights, heroes and villains, humorous diversions and unforgettable moments Olympics Although we tried, we couldn’t avoid talking about the Olympics. Worries that London 2012 would be a G4S-induced mega-mare eventually subsided, as Seb Coe and his […]

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Frankly, it’s between rock and a hard piece

Classical music isn’t broken, but its public image in the United Kingdom needs fixing. Regard the token gestures during the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies: ‘Cellist Julian Lloyd-Webber playing Elgar’s Salut d’Amore, glamorous all girl string quartet Bond accompanying Russell Brand’s off key rendition of I am the Walrus, Rowan Atkinson and the London Symphony […]

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Tech Perspective: The Olympic Opening Ceremony

Whether you thought the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony was a triumph of Britishness or an embarrassing compilation of the country’s history it was, without doubt, a feat of technical brilliance. Nick Jones was the lighting designer and overall technical manager and was responsible for all of the effects on show. It was an incredible display of some of […]

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Usain Bolt should pay his taxes or jog on

Despite writing an earlier article for the Oxford Student heavily critical of much of the politics and decisions surrounding the London 2012 Olympics, I had very little against the sporting events themselves. Granted, I’m not especially fond of competitive individualism, but watching extremely talented and hard-working people perform the sports they love was invigorating. Bradley […]

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What is the point of school sport?

Indian dancing has borne the brunt of David Cameron’s criticism of school sports. In return, he’s received considerable flack and even accusations of casual racism and cultural ignorance. Cameron’s point here isn’t, however, something specific about Indian dancing. His criticism is of non-competitive and non-traditional sports in general, and it could be a perfectly valid one. To work […]

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