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World Cup heroine Rowsell: It would be great to have a women’s Team Sky

After watching Joanna Rowsell win two World Cup golds over the weekend at a frenzied Olympic velodrome, I had the chance to chat to her on Monday for an article on the West London sport website. She talked quite a bit … Continue reading

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Women’s Boat Race announcement – highlights and reaction

There were hints here and there over the last few days but for many, the news that the Women’s Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge will gain parity with the men’s event in 2015 came as a shock when Rachel … Continue reading

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Bonus tracks from Paralympic cycling stars

The para-cycling track World Championships get under way in Los Angeles on Thursday and more of the interviews the team gave me at their media day in Newport will be online this week as the 14-strong squad look to improve … Continue reading

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GB Rowing media melee

Last Friday brought the first media day of the year for the Great Britain rowing team, exactly six months out from the start of London 2012. The buzz was reflected by the 106 journalists in attendance. As one regular attendee … Continue reading

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Things I’ve learned about para-cycling

On Tuesday I had the chance to meet the Great Britain para-cycling team as they prepared at a training camp in Newport for the World Championships, taking place in Los Angeles next month.  By the time the Worlds begin, it … Continue reading

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How will Olympic sport fare in 2013?

With the start of London 2012 still half a year away, many Olympic sports already enjoy the highest profile they ever have in the UK, and that will only get bigger as the year progresses. When the Games were awarded … Continue reading

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How will Olympic sport fare in 2013? Questionnaire responses in full

In writing the blog on Olympic sport in 2013, I asked club-level athletes to get in touch, and put the same questions to each, aiming to see whether trends are similar, and whether there are any communal lessons that sports … Continue reading

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Cycling stars who miss headlines and support

The news story on a Dutch cycling website on Friday could hardly have had a lower profile, and its obscurity grew when I used internet translator Babelfish to turn it into English. “AA Drink-Leontien.nl takes over six racers of for … Continue reading

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Exciting trials give few clues on Boat Race potential

Two intense Boat Race trial eights races on the Thames on Tuesday demonstrated the strength in depth of both the Oxford and Cambridge squads this season but gave little clue as to who might win the big race on 7 … Continue reading

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When is a Brit not a Brit?

Spot the difference between these three athletes: Athlete A was born in Sudan but moved to London when his parents were granted political asylum and took up his chosen sport in the UK. Aged 14, he moved to the United … Continue reading

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