Finally the wait is over. Today, on the dot of midnight, the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games will start at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. It's inspired us to look into the quite substantial collection of sport related articles we have built up over the years, covering anything from dressage (yes, dressage), via ping pong, to the all-important athletics events. On this page we bring you some of our favourites to while away the time in-between events. Enjoy!
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The maths of gold medals: Four Olympic thoughts — It's not the winning, it's the taking part that counts. At least, that's what the Olympic creed would have us believe. But, like it or not, what the media and governments focus on is the tally of gold medals. This article explores some of the maths of gold.
Athletics — What has mathematics got to say about the quest for ever faster times? Find out in No limits for Usain.
Tennis — With Andy Murray set to carry Team GB's flag, we can't ignore the beautiful sport of tennis. Here's a collection of articles, originally put together for this year's Wimbledon.
Gymnastics — Gymnastics is something we avoided at school: it just seemed so dangerous. In this article we investigate the forces acting on a gymnast swinging on the high bar.
Riding — And finally, here's the article relating to dressage! We investigate the maths of a horse's paces and why it's useful to change gait when changing speed.
Football — Olympic football admittedly isn't as good as the other variety, but there's still a lot of interesting maths in the sport generally. Here's a collection of articles we put together for the recent European Championships.
Doping — We're loathe to end on a sad note, but doping is an important issue, especially in this Olympic Games. Here's an article on the logic of drug testing.