Articles from The Guardian - olympics

Wendy Braybon obituary

My sister Wendy Braybon’s career reached its peak at the London Olympics in 2012, when she was the first woman to head the Australian team’s sports physiotherapists. Wendy, who has died of cancer aged 65, had been a member of the Australian medical team at four previous Olympic Games: Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008. In 2013 she was appointed to the Australian Olympic Medical Commission.

UK Sport urged to change funding model for Olympic and Paralympic Games

• Dozen disenfranchised sports call for less emphasis on medals
• Badminton England and Wheelchair Rugby among the 12

The governing bodies of 12 British sports have demanded an end to a funding policy that puts Olympic medals above all else.

Describing the current model as “divisive”, the bodies – which include Badminton England and GB Wheelchair Rugby – have called on UK Sport to apply “at least a baseline level of funding” to all Olympic and Paralympic sports.

Steve Redgrave: 'I feared diabetes would end my rowing career'

The five-time Olympic gold medallist discusses competing after his diagnosis – and breaking down barriers for others

When Sir Steve Redgrave was diagnosed with diabetes 20 years ago at the age of 35, he thought it would mean the end of his rowing career.

He was training for the 2000 Sydney Olympics at the time, having won gold at the previous four games, and didn’t think he’d be able to compete with a potentially debilitating illness.

'Immense pressure': Ian Thorpe calls for an end to medal targets

  • ‘It’s not beneficial,’ says former Olympic champion
  • Hopes to influence change on athletes’ mental health

Ian Thorpe has called for change with how sporting bodies approach major competitions like the Olympics in a bid to ease the burden on athletes. The Australian swimming legend believes there is too much pressure placed on competitors when organisations set medal targets for events.

Lawmakers choke back tears, rail at US Olympic leaders at emotional hearing

  • USA Gymnastics CEO apologizes for abuse: ‘Those days are over’
  • One lawmaker fights back tears at emotionally charged hearing

Lawmakers used an emotionally charged House subcommittee hearing to get answers about what they portrayed as the US Olympic Committee’s slow-moving, underfunded response to a steadily widening sex-abuse scandal in Olympic sports.