Tagged: Olympics

Running into Trouble: COVID-19 in Japan during the Tokyo Olympics - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Jul 30, 2021

Dr Leah Grout, Dr Jennifer Summers, Prof Nick Wilson, Prof Michael Baker * The 2020 Olympic Games were originally postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The delayed event has now opened, with the opening ceremonies held on 23 July 2021 and competitions scheduled to take place through 9 August 2021. In this blog we look at the situation in Japan, … Read More

How do Olympic athletes stack up against invertebrates? Not very well - News

Guest Author Jul 28, 2021

Caitlyn Forster, University of Sydney and Eliza Middleton, University of Sydney   Olympians spend years training to be the best of the best. Scientists and sportspeople have spent decades researching the mechanics of the human body to ensure our elite athletes are always reaching higher, faster and stronger. But how do human athletic skills compare with those of insects and … Read More

Doping has become inevitable at the Olympics. And who wins gold in Tokyo might not be certain until 2031 - News

Guest Author Jul 20, 2021

Jason Mazanov, UNSW Another Olympics is upon us, inexorable even in the face of COVID. With it comes the inevitable, salacious speculation around doping scandals. There have been doping scandals at every Olympics in my lifetime and a few before, reaching back to the middle of the 20th century. Now, because of the lag between new drugs coming into sport … Read More

Condoms, vaccines and sport: how the Tokyo Olympics is sending mixed messages about COVID-19 safety - COVID-19

Guest Author Jul 07, 2021

Maximilian de Courten, Victoria University and Hans Westerbeek, Victoria University   The Tokyo Olympics are less than three weeks away. And the pressure is on for the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Japan was just coming out of its fourth COVID-19 wave with about 1,400 new cases every day, but numbers are now rising again. This could turn into … Read More

Wearable technologies help Olympians achieve top performance - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 16, 2018

Jaci VanHeest, University of Connecticut This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. As Fitbits and other wearable activity monitors change how regular people exercise and track their activity, they’re having similar effects on how Olympians train and recover between workouts. It’s long been common for coaches to use video … Read More

Our psychological biases mean order matters when we judge items in sequence - News

Guest Author Feb 15, 2018

Robin Kramer, University of Lincoln This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. We often need to make decisions about sequences of things or people rather than just a single item in isolation. For instance, in an everyday setting, we might choose which smartphone to buy after trying out several. There are … Read More

Making skis strong enough for Olympians to race on - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 14, 2018

Marc Zupan, University of Maryland, Baltimore County This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Olympians expect top-notch performance from their minds and bodies, but they get crucial advantages from the very best equipment for their sports and the weather conditions they’re competing in. Skis, for example, must stand up to near-constant … Read More

Olympic Rivalries: Battle of the same-sexes - News

Julie Iles Aug 12, 2016

This Olympic season Michael Phelps has been unmatched as the most decorated Olympian of all time, though there has still been media scrutiny surrounding his ‘glaring’ rivalry with Chad le Clos of South Africa. Professor J Benenson of Harvard University Rivalries like Phelps and le Clos’ have been making a splash at Rio, and close attention has been paid to how athletes … Read More

Ethics and the doping scandal – a response - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Aug 07, 2016

International Olympic Committee (IOC) decisions about participation of athletes from the Russian Federation in the Rio Olympics have brought both criticism and support – from the political as well as the sporting communities. The issues of sports doping, the responsibilities and actions of sporting bodies and the political context and factors all need discussing. So I am pleased to see … Read More

Ethics, doping, the Olympics and Russia - Guest Work

Guest Author Aug 05, 2016

By Prof Ian Culpan, Director of the New Zealand Centre for Olympic Studies, University of Canterbury. The recent scandal over the Russian doping situation and the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) subsequent decision regarding Russian athletes’ participation in the Olympic Games has created widespread interest, not only from those interested and/or committed to sport, but from the wider … Read More