SAY ‘NYET’ TO RUSSIA!

6 December 2016 Comments 1

If you’ll excuse the pun, I’ve got some skin in the game of what I’m about to write about.

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Supporting the ‘Comeback Story’

28 November 2016 Comments 1

Earlier this month, we announced a new partnership with a sporting team. Nothing unusual in that. Brands like SKINS do it all the time.

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WANT TO DO SOMETHING GOOD IN NOVEMBER? BUY SKINS!

1 November 2016 Comments 2

I rarely, if ever, use my Watercooler blog to exhort you to buy SKINS gear.

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‘Big Sport’ not fit to investigate itself

25 October 2016 Comments 1

I don’t know about you but I’m fairly certain UK Athletics Chairman, Ed Warner, wouldn’t have made-up what he, as a minimum, thought he heard about Qatar paying bribes to land the 2017 IAAF world championships. Having said that, I am not saying that Seb Coe is not telling the truth; or, indeed, the other four witnesses the IAAF’s ethics board spoke with about the issue.

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WHO DO YOU TALK TO?

12 October 2016 Comments 0

I caught the end of a documentary on Tuesday evening on television in Australia. It’s called Man Up, put together by Gus Worland, a radio personality.

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ROB YOUNG TRANS-AMERICA RUN ATTEMPT

2 October 2016 Comments 23

As some readers are aware, earlier this year an athlete supported by SKINS, Rob Young of the UK, attempted a record Trans-America run attempt. He didn’t make it, pulling out of the attempt after 36 days citing an injury.

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While FIFA says racism is fixed, athletes in the US kneel

27 September 2016 Comments 3

There have been a few issues swirling around in recent weeks.

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PARALYMPICS IS ALL ABOUT ABILITY

14 September 2016 Comments 1

I promised I wouldn’t write for a while since my most recent stint of the ‘Olympic Series’ but it would be remiss of me not to mention the Paralympics. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to watch it as much as the Olympics Games. I was on holiday during the Olympics so I had the time and opportunity to watch; now I’m back at work with the usual busy schedule so it’s mainly highlights that I catch.

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RIO 2016: REFUGEE OLYMPIC TEAM – LET’S MAKE IT MORE THAN A SYMBOL

21 August 2016 Comments 2

The IOC does many things I do not approve of; I wrote about one yesterday. It also does things which are worthy of praise; I wrote about one last week. For my final Olympic blog, I want to talk about another positive initiative from the IOC – the Refugee Olympic Team.

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SOCHI 2014: MAKING A DIFFERENCE

20 August 2016 Comments 2

I care so deeply about the issue of LGBTI rights, especially amongst sportsmen and women, that earlier this year SKINS conducted a #RainbowLaces campaign in my home turf of Australia to raise awareness about homophobia in sport.

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BERLIN 1936, MEXICO CITY 1968, MUNICH 1972: OWENS, BEAMON, WOTTLE

19 August 2016 Comments 1

Today I highlight three Olympians, across 36 years, who demonstrate humility and dignity and have made me go “wow”.

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LONDON 1948: WE’VE COME A LONG WAY, BUT THERE’S STILL A LONG WAY TO GO

18 August 2016 Comments 0

I had tended to think of Dutch athlete, Fanny Blankers-Koen, simply in terms of considerable athleticism and her four Gold Medals at the London 1948 Olympic Games. But she was much more. She was a game-change in world athletics and, more importantly, for all women athletes.

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MELBOURNE 1956, SYDNEY 2000: BIGGER THAN JUST THE GAMES

17 August 2016 Comments 0

Many say that ‘sport and politics shouldn’t mix’, but they are more often than not inextricably tied. Sometimes the co-mingling of the two is actively sought. The Olympic Games is set against a backdrop of the social, cultural and political environment in the host country, the competing nations and the relationships between nations.

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FROM SYDNEY 2000 TO RIO 2016: MICHAEL PHELPS THE GOAT

16 August 2016 Comments 0

Michael Phelps of the USA was on my list to include in this series of Olympic blog before these Olympic Games ….

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CALGARY 1988, SYDNEY 2000: WHEN JUST ‘BEING THERE’ IS A VICTORY IN ITSELF

15 August 2016 Comments 0

Not everyone’s a winner. The three stories I share today are evidence of that. They all came gloriously and spectacularly last. But they have one much more important factor in common. They each embody the spirit of the Olympics: an athlete wanting to compete at the highest level possible, to the best of their ability, with participation being more important than winning.

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ATLANTA 1996, SYDNEY 2000: BORN TO RUN

14 August 2016 Comments 0

Today, I’m highlighting two of my favourite all-time athletes who make the list for that reason alone. They were both the best in their distances. Their careers also largely coincided at the Olympic Games.

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ATLANTA 1996: THE GREATEST TRIUMPH

13 August 2016 Comments 2

The Opening Ceremony is one of the most-watched events of the Olympic Games. It gives the host nation a great opportunity to set its narrative. The Atlanta Olympics in 1996 came only 12 years after the previous US-based games but I count its Opening Ceremony as the most memorable, not because of the ceremony itself but because of one man.

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SYDNEY 2000: CATHY’S RACE IS OUR RACE

12 August 2016 Comments 1

As some of my blogs already in this series has shown, it’s challenging enough to be a favourite for a race, or for an athlete to be so finally tuned to peaking at the right time to achieve a personal best. What must it be like for those favourite to win before their home crowd?

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MUNICH 1972: “THEY’RE ALL GONE”

11 August 2016 Comments 1

In my first five blogs, I’ve written mostly about great sporting achievements. Now I’d like to turn to one of the Olympic Games’ darkest moments and one that had many consequences; not just for future Olympic Games and major sporting events, but also the world.

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LOS ANGELES 1984, BARCELONA 1992: YOU CAN’T MEASURE COURAGE

10 August 2016 Comments 4

Today, I want to share two examples of the very best of the human spirit. Two people from Olympic Games eight years apart who showed what perseverance is, and who were determined never to give up. For me, both these moments give goose bumps even after all these years.

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