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London 2012 Games



London 2012: the glory and the guilt 8 August 2012

Loughborough sports psychologist Chris Hardwood says it’s natural for athletes to be apologetic in the immediate aftermath of a disappointing result, if they don’t perform as expected, particularly in front of a home crowd.

Source: The Guardian

Universities play role in developing athletes 7 August 2012

Chris Earle, Loughborough’s director of sport, explains how British universities are helping the country’s athletes, are helping athletes to achieve both in the sport and education.

Source: Financial Times

Higher education’s five chariots of fire 6 August 2012

Almost a fifth of the athletes competing for Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics are current or former students from five UK universities, with Loughborough having produced just three fewer competitors than the next four universities put together.

Source: Times Higher Education

High-tech kit speeds athletes into new era 4 August 2012

As the Olympic Games shines a spotlight not only on the athletes but also their kit, the technology propelling athletes to glory in the future will be even more refined, taking bespoke equipment to another level says Loughborough’s Professor Mike Caine.

Source: CNN

The home advantage? 3 August 2012

Loughborough's Dr David Fletcher talks about athletes’ psychological preparation and how public expectation can affect performance.

Source: BBC Radio 4’s The World Tonight

Big idea that was a stroke of genius for GB’s rowers 2 August 2012

In an article on how gold medal-winning rower Helen Glover only took up the sport after seeing an advert seeking tall people to become potential Olympians, Loughborough’s Dr Jonathan Folland says the evidence suggests that the physiques of Olympic athletes are getting more extreme.

Source: The Independent

Inside the mind of the Olympic gold medal winner 2 August 2012

Winning gold in the Olympics is the pinnacle in many elite athletes' careers, but sports scientists increasingly believe that it's grit and determination which separate winners from losers. Dr Raj Persaud looks at the latest research from Loughborough’s Dr David Fletcher and Mustafa Sarkar, which goes into the minds of elite athletes.

Source: The Huffington Post

British cycling team reveal their secret Olympic weapon: hot pants 31 July 2012

Heated trousers developed by experts from Loughborough University, British Cycling and adidas are being used by Great Britain’s cyclists in their pursuit of Olympic glory. The trousers have battery-powered heat filaments that sit over the cyclist’s core muscle groups and maintain their temperature between warm-up and the start of an event.

Source: The Guardian

How technology is aiding Team GB 26 July 2012

Training sessions for British swimmers have been getting a helping hand from a new system incorporating cutting-edge movement tracking and sensor technologies, developed at Loughborough University.

Source: The Daily Telegraph

Olympics opening ceremony brings out the good side of nationalism 23 July 2012

Loughborough’s Professor Alan Bairner explains how sport can bring out rivalries but also unite.

Source: The New York Times

The countdown to the Olympic Games for Team GB 24 July 2012

Kate O’Sullivan, Olympic programme director at the British Olympic Association (BOA), says Loughborough was a key moment for Team GB athletes, with the emphasis on making sure they all felt part of one team.

Source: The Daily Telegraph

Minimal rest and relaxation is key to cycling success 23 July 2012

Senior lecturer in exercise physiology Richard Ferguson says that, unlike the average person, Britain’s Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins will not suffer from over-training syndrome by going straight on to compete in London 2012.

Source: The Guardian

Clothes keep you cool, more or less 23 July 2012

Loughborough’s Professor George Havenith explains what you should wear in order to keep cool, with light and loose clothing the best attire for athletes.

Source: National Public Radio (USA)

Ramadan and the Olympics: to fast or not to fast? 22 July 2012

As the London 2012 Games coincide with the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Muslim athletes face a tough choice of whether to fast or not while competing. However the International Olympic Committee’s nutrition working group, led by Professor Ron Maughan from Loughborough, found that fasting for short or intermittent periods has little or no effect on the health or performance of athletes.

Source: The Guardian

The military-grade technology that’s giving Team GB athletes the edge 22 July 2012

Swimmer Rebecca Adlington explains how science and technology, including a wireless tracking device developed at Loughborough’s Sports Technology Institute, is helping her performance.

Source: The Daily Mail

The intensity of training has really stepped up 22 July 2012

Simon Byard, an electrician within Loughborough’s Facilities Management team, explains how he’s been supporting Team GB’s preparation camp at the University.

Source: The Guardian

Jackson ready to renew the friendliest of rivalries in London 17 July 2012

Feature on Loughborough swimmer Jo Jackson, who will compete against her friend Rebecca Adlington at London 2012.

Source: The Daily Mail

Faster, higher, stronger – with technology’s help 16 July 2012

Dr Matt Head from the University’s Sports Technology Institute talks about the pioneering technology behind the latest sprint spikes designed to boost athletes’ performance.

Source: Channel 4 News

For British athletes, all roads lead to Loughborough 16 July 2012

For Team GB’s 542 athletes, Loughborough University is where the hard miles and years of sacrifice suddenly translate into something very tangible.

Source: Reuters

We’re getting to work alongside the team – that’s special 16 July 2012

Terry Kearl from the University’s Facilities Management team explains how he’s helping to make the Team GB athletes’ stay at Loughborough comfortable.

Source: The Guardian

I can’t believe I had a photo taken with Jessica Ennis 14 July 2012

Loughborough groundsman Cameron Flitten talks about the part he plays in ensuring the Loughborough campus – the official preparation camp headquarters for Team GB – is the perfect training ground for Team GB athletes.

Source: The Guardian

How Woodward was dazzled by Coe’s wow factor at the start of journey to glory 11 July 2012

Clive Woodward recalls how he watched Sebastian Coe train when they were both students at Loughborough University.

Source: London Evening Standard

Royal Olympic hope admits she’s nervous but excited as she tries out kit for size ahead of the Games 11 July 2012

As she and her follow athletes in Team GB’s equestrian eventing team collect their kit from Loughborough, Zara Phillips admits that she's feeling the pressure ahead of the Games, but can’t wait to perform in front of her home crowd.

Source: The Daily Mail

Jessica Ennis delighted after final Olympic preparation at Loughborough 9 July 2012

Heptathlete Jessica Ennis said she was delighted to be back at Loughborough University, as she took part in her final events at the Loughborough European Athletics Permit (LEAP) meet at the University, before her bid for Olympic Gold.

Source: The Independent

London 2012 Olympics can generate £13 billion for the UK 5 July 2012

In a speech at Loughborough University, Prime Minister David Cameron said he was confident that the Games will generate over £13 billion for the UK economy, with the benefits being felt over the next four years.

Source: The Daily Telegraph

Powell relishing Olympics exposure 9 July 2012

As the women’s football team collect their kit from Loughborough, Team GB Head Coach Hope Powell believes London 2012 is the perfect opportunity to raise the profile of women’s football.

Source: ITV

Elder statesman Giggs ‘easy choice’ for GB Olympic football captain 8 July 2012

Speaking from Team GB’s preparation camp at Loughborough, Stuart Pearce says the decision to name Ryan Giggs as Team GB captain was the easiest of his career.

Source: The Daily Mail

Going for gold: the brains behind Team GB 4 July 2012

British science and engineering, including the work of Loughborough’s Sports Technology Institute, have given Team GB the best possible chance of gold in the Olympic Games.

Source: Sky News

Gravity-altering treadmills? Nitrogen chambers? Welcome to the lab that turns sweat into gold 20 June 2012

How the Loughborough University-based English Institute of Sport is helping to support Britain’s athletes.

Source: The Independent

London Olympic Countdown 16 June 2012

Team GB begin their journey to Loughborough to pick up their kit

Source: The Guardian

Team GB The Official Preparation Camp Headquarters for Team GB