London 2012 Olympics guide

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logoLondon 2012: the wonder, the magic, the Marmite factor. We've been nattering about it since 2005 and it's finally here. Now we've been wowed by Danny Boyle's opening ceremony it's time enjoy the events. Our Olympics guide has something to titillate everyone. 

Delve into our A-Z guide for tangential little facts you never realised you wanted to know, exclaim over our Playmobil gallery, discover 10 new things about the Paralympics, find out who former athlete Colin Jackson will be rooting for during the Games and so much more.  


Olympic diversLondon 2012 on the Bloggers Network

From oppressive sponsorship deals to the world's first 'Olympigs', mysogny on the volleyball beach to twitter trolls, the Mumsnet Bloggers are analysing the latest London 2012 happenings as they occur.



Clare BaldingClare Balding

Leading sports journalist and Olympics presenter Clare Balding joined us to discuss her career, the challenges faced by women in sport, her predictions for London 2012 and the legacy she believes it will leave.



Playmobil OlympicsPlaymobil Olympics 2012

Join the residents of Ruggington as they celebrate the biggest sporting the town has ever witnessed. From weightlifting to basketball, fencing to dressage, you've never seen the Olympic athletes and events quite like this.



Summer of SportSummer of Sport

Get your children thinking about healthy bodies, sporting elitism (and how the best athletes achieve it) and into the Olympic spirit with Pearson's free, printable sports worksheets and healthy body challenges and activities.



A-Z Guide to the OlympicsA-Z guide to the Olympics

From free events to which country will be sending its first (ever!) female competitors, discover the Olympics through 26 intriguing and quirky facts.



barbecue food

Olympics party food

There's no sense in starving while you watch hard-body athletes test the limits of their endurance. Our selection of Olympic-friendly nosh covers the three food groups: sofa-side TV viewing, barbecue events and graze-friendly nibbles.



Paralympics logo10 facts about the Paralympics

Team GB are world leaders at the Paralympic Games. Find out what Boccia is, why Oscar Pistorius is so controversial and eight other facts you never knew about this huge event.



Colin JacksonColin Jackson webchat

Olympic medal-winner and London 2012 commentator Colin Jackson joined us to chat about his predictions for the Games, his experience as a competitor and why London makes a great venue for the event.



Summer FairsOlympics summer fete ideas

If you're on any summer fete committees this year and have been tasked with injecting some Olympic spirit into the event, then we have you sorted. Give your summer fair an Olympic theme with our five simple suggestions.  



Tanni Grey-ThompsonTanni Grey-Thompson Q&A

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is one of Britain's greatest Paralympians. She's won 16 medals and held over 30 world records. Find out what she had to say about competing, her inspirations and sport and disability.  



Bluffer's Guide to the OlympicsBluffer's guide to the Olympics

What were the ancient Olympics all about? Who stole all the red in our London 2012 kits? Is a gold medal actually made of gold? Read our short, spiffy bluffer's guide and sound like a sport connoisseur in minutes.




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