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An emotional farewell and back to reality

It is a fact of elite sport that you rarely get to choose the way you retire. There are some who finish on the immense high of an Olympic gold, there are many more whose last moment of being an international athlete might be losing a...Show More Summary

Proud and confused - but that's sport

I have been trying to write this blog for most of the last fortnight and what I have wanted to say has changed every day. The logical part of my brain tells me I have got so much to be proud of. I am a two-time Olympian, part of an elite group. Show More Summary

Broadcasting revolution of the digital Olympics

So the party's over, but the clean-up goes on. While the past few weeks of the Olympics have been incredibly special, the work doesn't let up for BBC Sport. Alongside the huge network TV viewing figures we have seen unprecedented audience...Show More Summary

London Olympics finally kick off

"How did the London Olympics of 2012 begin, Grandpa?" "In Cardiff, lad, with a toot on a whistle, and without a flame or cauldron in sight." "Whatever, Grandpa. What really happened?" For all the talk of opening ceremonies, flag-bearers...Show More Summary

No rows, just planning for Opening Ceremony

There's been a minor flurry in the past 24 hours about commentary for the Opening Ceremony based on a misleading story in a newspaper. So here for the record is the true position. We've been working with the Olympic organisers at Locog...Show More Summary

Time to show character and nerves of steel

This blog comes to you from Lago di Varese in northern Italy, where we're putting the final touches to our preparation for the Olympic Games. We transfer to Dorney Lake early next week with the Olympic regatta starting on Saturday morning. The...Show More Summary

Digital quirk forces Freeview change

This blog's changing. As we get into Olympic Games-time it's going to be shorter, snappier and more frequent - maybe even daily when the action starts. What I'm going to do is pick up some of the main issues about our coverage, and give people the chance to offer us feedback. Show More Summary

Inside the Olympic bubble at training camp

I'm writing this from Breisach am Rhein, the venue for our training camp in Germany. Breisach is where the women and lightweights come every year for our final work camp before the World Championships or Olympic Games - and when I say...Show More Summary

Highlights audiences dwindle in multimedia world

I spoke last week at a lunch organised by the Broadcasting Press Guild. It's one of the more intimidating outings for a broadcasting executive because the media correspondents from many of the national newspapers are there - from The...Show More Summary

How can anyone stop the Brownlees?

Alistair Brownlee threatened to retire from triathlon 50 times. He barely trained for more than a month in his home Olympic year. He missed the first three races of this year's World Series. And then he came back and beat a strong field...Show More Summary

Emotion and anger as Olympic dreams die

Taekwondo has given Team GB its highest-profile selection drama yet ahead of a home Olympics, but the same scenes are playing out across many sports. Britain will send a huge number of athletes to London 2012 but, for each athlete picked,...Show More Summary

London 2012 Festival takes centre stage

When we started the BBC 2012 website many moons ago, we were counting down on the front page to three events: the start of the Torch Relay; the first day of the London 2012 Festival; and the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games. Well,...Show More Summary

BBC to make Opening Ceremony films

This is a summer in which it's just one event after another. From the Jubilee and now into the Euros, with Wimbledon and the Open Golf just around the corner - before we get to the Olympics at the end of next month. Of all of them, we can predict that the biggest television audience globally will be for the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games. Show More Summary

The eight - noisy, aggressive, fast & furious

It's a tremendous honour and a big milestone to have been named in the rowing team for the 2012 Olympics, although I am still waiting to be confirmed in a boat. It's not like writing names on a team sheet and that being the end of it. Within...Show More Summary

Match of the Day heads towards 50

Today marks a very proud moment for BBC Sport with the announcement by the FA Premier League that we have extended our TV highlights contract until the end of the 2015/16 season. This is one of BBC Sport's key contracts and our new deal will see 'Match of the Day' celebrate its 50th birthday. Show More Summary

Olympics may not sell out

My next sentence is one which, for much of the past year, I never considered possible I would write. There is a real chance the London Olympics will not sell out. I'm not just talking about football tickets, which the organisers were...Show More Summary

Torch relay challenge for BBC broadcast output

Now as promised - here's the second guest blog this week about the torch relay and the way it's being broadcast. It's from Imelda Flattery in BBC News, who's been leading the planning of our coverage. Usually you know where you stand with a big news event. Show More Summary

BBC torchcam becomes cult viewing worldwide

It's been pleasing - if not a surprise - to see the levels of interest in the Torch Relay as it started its journey round the UK. This week we'll have two guest blogs about how it's being captured for broadcast and online; and here's...Show More Summary

Driven on by a puppy named Donald

Mhairi Spence is drunk with elation, giddily staggering through admiring embraces, letting out cries of disbelief. In a field outside Rome, after years of frustration, perspiration and pure, blind hope on the fringes of the Olympic movement,...Show More Summary

Awaiting the start of the Olympic torch relay

So we're about to get under way. London's Olympic flame will be lit in Greece this Thursday and then on 18 May it will be with us here in the UK. That means the BBC's coverage of the torch relay begins, and we'll be offering everyone the chance to follow the journey from Olympia to East London with whatever twists and turns there are along the route. Show More Summary

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