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Adam Peaty: the family behind the athlete article icon

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Adam Peaty: the family behind the athlete

The Games of the Tokyo Olympics have been played in empty stadiums and venues, without fans and family members. Jessica Pinchbeck looks at the importance of Adam Peaty's family to his success.

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How to help your child become a future Olympian

The Olympic and Paralympic games show us that there is a sport for everyone. Dr Jane Dorrian looks at the ways you can inspire your child to be a future star.

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Resilience: The magic ingredient for Olympians? article icon

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Resilience: The magic ingredient for Olympians?

Arguably, it has been a longer, and more challenging, road to Tokyo 2020 than any other Olympic Games in recent times. So how were the athletes and their support teams, able to pick up themselves up following the disappointment of the cancelled games last year and prepare for the rescheduled event? In this article, Dr Nichola Kentzer considers resilience as a key factor in supporting this disrupted athletic journey.

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How does educational background shape Olympic success?

You don’t have to have attended private school to be a member of the British Olympic team for Tokyo 2020 – but it may have helped, particularly for some Olympic events. Dr Jim Lusted, Lecturer in Sport & Fitness, explores the role that educational background can have in athletes reaching the highest levels of Olympic sports like rowing, hockey and archery.

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Tokyo 2020 in 2021: Do the best things come to those who wait? article icon

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Tokyo 2020 in 2021: Do the best things come to those who wait?

The life of an Olympic or Paralympic athlete is characterised by highly planned and structured 4-year cycles designed to lead to peak performance in Olympic/Paralympic year, but what happens when that cycle unexpectedly stretches to 5 years and is threaded with uncertainty? 

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What can we expect at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games? article icon

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What can we expect at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games?

Simon Rea previews the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo, looking at the new sports featuring, plus who are Team GB's best chances of winning medals.

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Olympics, Paralympics, Olympians and Paralympians article icon

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Olympics, Paralympics, Olympians and Paralympians

The Tokyo Olympics were a huge success for Team GB, who finished in fourth place - matching their medal haul from the London 2012 Olympics. You can dig deep into the Olympics and Paralympics with our range of free resources.

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Olympics 2021: The story of how a small Shropshire town influenced the modern Olympic movement article icon

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Olympics 2021: The story of how a small Shropshire town influenced the modern Olympic movement

Whilst this year’s Olympic Games will almost certainly suffer from COVID-19 constraints, the event remains the largest sporting spectacle in the world. Over time the Games have evolved from their modest beginnings into something incomparably grand. In this article, Steph Doehler discusses how a rural English town has closer links than most to the modern Olympics.

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Coronavirus: How can athletes get through this period of isolation? article icon

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Coronavirus: How can athletes get through this period of isolation?

The Coronavirus pandemic is affecting all of our lives in different ways - but have you considered its impact on sportspeople and athletes?

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Why mental fitness is as important as physical fitness

Athletes explain how they use their mind to give themselves the edge, as they pursue their Olympic Dreams

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OpenLearn Live: 26th August 2016

Rounding off a week of Bolts with the fastest of them all; and how can you trust online video? Free learning from across the day.

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OpenLearn Live: 19th August 2016

The poles that allow athletes to vault; and 25 years on from the Soviet Coup. Free learning from across the day.

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