Olympic Studies

As the Olympics kick off... a great example of how technology has enabled continuation of a degree whilst preparing for competing at the highest level of sports: The law department arranged for Ms Twigg to take all her seminars and tutorials on a Friday while she trained at the Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre during the rest of the week. She was also able to select coursework options that most closely fitted her commitments and…

Social Media with @London2012

Read the full social media policy for the Olympics, which starts: The IOC actively encourages and supports athletes and other accredited persons at the Olympic Games to take part in ‘social media’ and to post, blog and tweet their experiences. Such activity must respect the Olympic Charter and must comply with the following. As a general rule, the IOC encourages all social media and blogging activity at the Olympic Games provided that it is not…

A Century of Olympic Posters

by Margaret Timmers (2008) "As four-yearly snapshots through time, Olympic posters provide a fascinating record of our world - a lens through which we can explore links between sport and art, politics and place, commerce and culture. They offer an intensely visual representation of the modern Games, sometimes heralded as the 'Greatest Sporting Show on Earth'. "A Century of Olympic Games Posters" draws largely on the V&A's poster collection and shows the evolution of the…

Rio to Host 2016 Olympics

I've visited Rio de Janeiro a couple of times, first in 1994, and again in 2008 (I have family there - and thanks to Facebook and other social media, we're now able to keep in touch!). As I was aiming to visit again in less time than 14 years, what about 7 years... just in time for the Olympics (always wanted to see the Olympics - maybe I'll have enough money to pay for a…