USA breaks 4x100M Women’s Records In London 2012 | The Olympics On The Record

Even the best athletes in the world get it horribly wrong once in a while. So what happens when you take four top sprinters, and ask them to hand over a 30 centimetre baton, three times, over 400 metres in a flat-out sprint? Take the US women’s 100m relay team at Athens 2004. They were […]

9 x Gold in 1 Games! Finland’s Middle Distance Runner Paavo Nurmi | The Olympics On The Record

Next time you think you have a busy week ahead, spare a thought for Paavo Nurmi at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris. The record books show Nurmi won five gold medals that summer. What they don’t make clear is that he did it inside six days. It’s worth adding that Nurmi was a distance […]

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 […]

Gail Devers’ Olympic journey was not without the odd setback | Strangest Moments

The pressure of the Olympic Games can do funny things to people. Athletes who have dominated their event for years can find themselves being blinded by the bright lights of the biggest stage in sport. Being an Olympic champion isn’t just about being a gifted athlete and a great competitor, it’s about holding your nerve. […]

How to Put a Shot ft. Reese Hoffa | Olympians’ Tips

Hi, I’m Reese Hoffa, and I’m an Olympian. Repetition in the rotational shot put is key to success. Let me show you a few exercises that I use in the ring that will hopefully allow you to be successful in throwing the shot put a little bit better. This is your shot put, and what […]

Michael Johnson and his Iconic Golden Spikes | Fashion Behind the Game

(FASHION MOMENT – MICHAEL JOHNSON) This is the year 1996. Wait a minute. 1996 was a leap year. You know, in a leap year all kinds of crazy things can happen. Let’s see, a super computer named Deep Blue defeats a human for the first time in history. The most bizarre phenomenon of all times […]

The Story Behind Bob Beamon’s Long Jump Olympic Record | Olympics On The Record

This is American long jumper Bob Beamon, on the track, about to attempt his first jump in the final of the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. Beamon was a gifted athlete, who discovered his talent while at reform school in New York City. Out! For this young man, it had been a long journey […]

Hicham El Guerrouj continues the run to inspire his native Morocco | Legends Live On

I always dreamed of being one of the best athletes in the history of running, or of the 1,500 metres. El Guerrouj was the guy that every athlete wanted to be like. El Guerrouj is the greatest 1,500m athlete of all time. Hicham had an Olympic obsession. The Olympics were his Holy Grail. Hicham is […]

Germany’s National Race Walking Champion strides towards the YOG | Youth Olympic Games

What I really like about race walking is that not everybody can do it. Everyone can run but not everyone can race walk. My name is Johannes and I am a race walker. I have been race walking since I was 9 years old, so approximately 7 years. The special thing about race walking is […]

Hurdler Liu Xiang’s Historic Gold Display in Athens 2004 | Olympics on the Record

Home advantage can be a mixed blessing. The support of the home crowd is welcome, but the burden of expectation can be overwhelming. And in Beijing 2008, the entire Chinese nation was looking to one man for glory. This man, Liu Xiang. Few people will ever be able to understand the pressure that Liu Xiang […]