Williams Sisters are the near Perfect Tennis Pair | The Olympics On The Record

You join us in the second set of the semifinals of the women’s doubles tennis competition at London 2012. Russia versus the United States. The winner goes through to the gold-medal match. What a great tie we have here today. Here’s Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova of Russia and they’re up against the might of […]

The Story of the Most Surprising Gold Medal: Steven Bradbury | Olympics on the Record

There’s Steven Bradbury, first on the left, lining up for the final of the men’s 1,000m speed-skating event at Salt Lake City. He was competing in his first Olympic men’s final at the age of 30, a career highlight for a veteran athlete who had paid his dues in a tough and dangerous sport. Bradbury […]

The Ice Dance that Conquered the World | The Olympics on the Record

Nottingham, England. Home of Robin Hood… ..Raleigh bicycles… and writer DH Lawrence. A city not commonly associated with the Olympic Winter Games – until a trainee policeman called Christopher Dean met an insurance clerk named Jane Torvill… ..and they combined to become one of the greatest Olympic duos of all time. We often refer to […]

Mildred Didrikson Wins Gold In Los Angeles 1932 | The Olympics On The Record

At the end of 15, I was still really small. That summer was when I started to grow. As I got taller, I ran faster and jumped farther. It was a direct correlation. When I talk about it now, people would never realise I was a small, short kid for my age. I was a […]

Why Are The Netherlands a Speed Skating Dominant Force? | Olympics on the Record

If you’re planning a route to Olympic gold, here are some sports and nations you may wish to avoid. In women’s ice hockey, watch out for Canada. For rowing, don’t take on Britain in the men’s four. Kenya just don’t lose when it comes to the 3000m steeplechase. And nor do the Chinese ladies’ table […]

Team GB Win Surprise Ice Hockey Gold in 1936 | The Olympics On The Record

Great Britain is NOT a major team in international ice hockey. The national side has not qualified for the Olympic Games for decades, their last appearance coming in 1948. Since world rankings were introduced in the 1980s, their ranking has never reached higher than 21st. You have to go back to the 1920s and 1930s […]