Don’t look back in anger

2016. Twelve extremely difficult months for the world of sport, but also a year of inspiring athletes, legends leaving the field of play, new heroes emerging, and many incredible stories.

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Memories of the XXXI Olympiad (II)

Jeffrey Julmis (HAI) - Athletics Not every athlete acting like Usain Bolt before the start gets to perform on the track like Usain Bolt. Jeffrey Julmis of Haiti had to learn this the hard way during the semifinal of the 110m hurdles. Julmis posed and winked at the camera...only to trip at the very first … Continue reading Memories of the XXXI Olympiad (II)

Memories of the XXXI Olympiad (I)

Each edition of the Olympic Games is connected to names, faces, usually of outstanding athletes with remarkable accomplishments. It's just the same this time, and who would argue that these were also the Games of Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky, Katinka Hosszu, Usain Bolt, Simone Biles, Neymar and many other heroes of the front pages of … Continue reading Memories of the XXXI Olympiad (I)

Half-time whistle

We have seen eight competition days at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games so far, so it's half-time. Time to settle down for a moment amid all the excitement, tension, drama, and ongoing discussions. Here are my thoughts and opinions on some issues that have accompanied us during this first week, and which might accompany us … Continue reading Half-time whistle

Noite brasileira

All of the Olympic afternoons, evenings and nights so far have been quite exciting and enjoyable. But I have to admit that last Monday was a little more special... I watched the action from Rio, mainly the eventing - cross country, diving and later gymnastics, together with a very dear friend in Bremen. And for … Continue reading Noite brasileira

Baltimore legend

He's the greatest racer who ever walked the planet. Mark Spitz, on Michael Phelps winning his 7th gold medal, 16 August 2008 I grew up during a time when no Olympic athlete had ever won more than nine gold medals during his or her career. Yes, I had heard about a famous jumper called Ray … Continue reading Baltimore legend

The heirs of Robin Hood

On the day of the Opening Ceremony South Korean archer Kim Woo-jin set a new world record for the men's recurve. 700 points out of 72 shots. Not a single shot was worse than 9 points, most of them were clear 10's. It was the first world record of the Games. And the Games hadn't … Continue reading The heirs of Robin Hood

All eyes on Yusra

First day at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Obviously there's quite a lot going on, and I can certainly not write about anything, as much as I would like to do that, actually... But today, of course, I had to follow an athlete whose incredible story I already told you a while ago (Olympic Newsweek II – … Continue reading All eyes on Yusra