The “Comaneci” of Ski Jumping Gets The First Perfect 20s | Olympics on the Record

The Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. The year – 1998. Japan’s best hope for a gold medal lay in the ski jump, and the man to carry that burden was 23-year-old Kazuyoshi Funaki. It takes years of preparation to reach the final of an Olympic ski jump event. For decades, ski jumpers had been […]

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 […]

The Original ‘Dream Team’ Make Their Mark in Barcelona | Olympics On The Record

Summer, 1992. Barcelona was all set. Ready to welcome thousands of athletes and the world’s media. Ready for the biggest event it had ever hosted. Ready for three weeks that would ultimately change the city for ever. Yep, Barcelona was ready for its very first Olympic Games. But was it ready for the Dream Team? […]

Argentina scores Football perfection In Athens | The Olympics On The Record

Argentina was among the founding members of the International Olympic Committee, and sent a team to Paris in 1900, the second Olympic Games of the modern era. But it wasn’t until 1924 that Argentinian athletes first tasted Olympic Gold. That came in the sport of polo, long since dropped from the Olympic programme. Argentinians won […]

Simon Ammann Ski Jumping Sweeps Salt Lake City 2002 | Olympics on the Record

Switzerland’s Simon Ammann made barely any impression at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. But the Games made a big impression on him. He was just 16 years old at the time, finishing 35th in the Normal Hill, 39th in the Large Hill competition. Switzerland has a rich tradition of success in winter […]

Michael Phelps’ Record Breaking Eight Gold Medals in Beijing | The Olympics on the Record

It was the big talking point on the eve of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Could Michael Phelps match the achievements of his compatriot, the great American swimmer Mark Spitz? At Munich 1972, Spitz dominated in the pool, winning an unprecedented seven gold medals. But 36 years later, Phelps was planning an assault of his […]

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 […]

The Best of the Olympic Twins | The Olympics On The Record

If human cloning ever becomes more than science fiction, there’s little doubt that Olympians will be near the top of the list. Imagine a pool full of Spitz. Or Bolt taking on Bolt. It might seem like fantasy, but I have a surprise for you. You’ve seen plenty of clones at the Olympics already. In […]

Kensington Aldridge Academy (KAA2) – The Fastest School Ever Built

We had to develop a plan very quickly and then despite changes to specification of the project, stick to that plan as much as we possibly could. It was remarkable how closely we stuck to the original plan. Making sure we maximised the amount of fit out that happened offsite, away from the customer site, […]

The First Ever Olympic Photo Finish | The Olympics On The Record

The average human reaction time is between two tenths and three tenths of a second. The average reaction time of an Olympic athlete is a bit quicker, not surprisingly. But the fact is that, when you’re using a stopwatch, there will always be a small but significant difference between the moment the gun goes off […]