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Aquatics Disciplines at the Olympics
Aquatics Disciplines at the Olympics
Swimming is one of the glamour sports of the Olympics and only track and field can top the number of gold medals won in the pool....
Disciplines and Weight Divisions in Olympic Weightlifting
Disciplines and Weight Divisions in Olympic Weightlifting
Technique is as important in strength in Olympic weightlifting, which was one of the few sports to feature at the first modern Olympics in Athens in 1896....
Disciplines of Olympic Cycling
Disciplines of Olympic Cycling
Cycling has featured at every Olympics and is now contested on BMX and mountain bike courses as well as on the roads and the track of the velodrome....
Disciplines of Olympic Fencing
Disciplines of Olympic Fencing
The Greeks were among the ancient civilisations to practise swordplay as training for combat, so it is perhaps fitting that fencing has been a part of every Olympics....
Disciplines of Olympic Gymnastics
Disciplines of Olympic Gymnastics
Gymnastics has been part of every Olympics and is one of the defining sports of the Games, providing many of the most astounding Olympic spectacles....
Format of Olympic Badminton
Format of Olympic Badminton
Badminton is the fastest racket sport in the world, but it had to wait until the Barcelona Games in 1992 to make its official debut in the Olympics....
Format of Olympic Baseball and Softball
Format of Olympic Baseball and Softball
After several appearances as a demonstration sport, baseball made its Olympic debut in 1992, but both it and softball have been dropped from the Olympic programme for…...
Format of Olympic Volleyball and Handball
Format of Olympic Volleyball and Handball
Sun, sand and skimpy outfits made beach volleyball an instant hit at the Atlanta Games, but indoor volleyball and handball have been established Olympic sports for…...
Former Olympic Sports
Former Olympic Sports
Many sports that are no longer part of the Olympic programme have featured at the Games since 1896, including golf, cricket, rugby union, croquet and tug of war....
Guide to Olympic Tennis and Table Tennis
Guide to Olympic Tennis and Table Tennis
Table tennis has become the world's largest participation sport, and tennis is a big draw at the Olympic Games now that all the top players are eligible....
Olympic Equestrian Events
Olympic Equestrian Events
Men and women compete on level terms in Olympic equestrian events and it is the only sport at the Games that teams up athletes with animals....
Olympic Track and Field Events
Olympic Track and Field Events
Track and field athletics is the embodiment of the Olympic motto 'Citius, Altius, Fortius' and has been part of the Games since records began in 776BC....
Rowing and Canoeing Events at the Olympics
Rowing and Canoeing Events at the Olympics
Olympic rowing is an endurance sport that starts with a sprint, but whitewater paddlers that tackle slalom courses in turbulent rapids need completely different skills....
Rules & Format of Olympic Hockey
Rules & Format of Olympic Hockey
Olympic hockey was initially dominated by nations that are, or were, members of the British Empire, but it has now developed into a truly worldwide sport....
Rules & Weight Divisions in Olympic Wrestling
Rules & Weight Divisions in Olympic Wrestling
Wrestling pre-dates even the ancient Olympics by more than two millenniums and two forms - Greco-Roman and freestyle - are included in the modern Games....
Rules and Format of Olympic Basketball
Rules and Format of Olympic Basketball
The USA have dominated Olympic basketball since its introduction in 1936, but the Soviets and Argentina have proved that no nation is invincible at the Games....
Rules and Format of Olympic Football
Rules and Format of Olympic Football
Football at the Games predates the FIFA World Cup by 30 years, but Olympic rules and restrictions have taken some of the shine off the tournament....
Rules and Skills in Olympic Shooting and Archery
Rules and Skills in Olympic Shooting and Archery
Steady hands and nerves of steel are essential in archery and shooting, sports that were first included in the modern Olympics more than a century ago....
Rules and Weight Divisions in Olympic Boxing
Rules and Weight Divisions in Olympic Boxing
Boxing has produced more than its fair share of Olympic legends, and is still considered one of the most illustrious sports at the Games....
Rules and Weight Divisions: Olympic Judo and Taekwondo
Rules and Weight Divisions: Olympic Judo and Taekwondo
Judo is Japanese for 'the gentle way', but perhaps taekwondo - Korean for 'the way of kicking and striking' - is a more aptly named Olympic sport....
Rules of Olympic Modern Pentathlon and Triathlon
Rules of Olympic Modern Pentathlon and Triathlon
Triathlon, the ultimate endurance test, was invented in the 1970s, but modern pentathlon was the brainchild of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic…...
Sailing Classes at the Olympics
Sailing Classes at the Olympics
A century of advances in design and technology have seen Olympic sailing, originally called yachting, change out of all recognition but it remains a test of…...
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