Yesterday, the first medals of the 2018 Winter Olympics were awarded in PyeongChang, South Korea.
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The 2018 Winter Olympics have begun and it's time to cheer on our athletes. The trouble is, it's hard to know what the heck's going on in some of these events. Why are there so many people skating at once? What is curling exactly? Is ice dancing the same as figure skating? And, woah, does that lady have a gun?
For years, two words have blistered around seats at Australian sporting events like a thunderclap. Sparked by a lone wolf, an individual in the crowd with extra air in their lungs, a deep, booming chant erupts. A verbal see-saw in the name of national pride.
Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!
I hate it.
Millions of people are expected to watch the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro over 11 days this September. Chances are you will see a swimmer with one leg on the blocks next to another swimmer with two legs and two arms. So how that can be fair? The secret is a process called classification. Classification underlies all Paralympic sport, yet the concept – and its practical application – is possibly the greatest barrier to the broader community’s understanding of the Paralympics. Classification is the process of allocating athletes into classes so that they compete against others whose impairment affects them to a similar degree in their sport. Read on to find out.
It's fair to say that the Rio Olympics didn't produce the results that the Australian Sport Commission was hoping for. The nation finished tenth on the medal table with a total medal haul of 29; our lowest finish at an Olympics since Barcelona in 1992. This was despite individual sports receiving tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer funding to boost our medal chances. This infographic breaks down precisely how much our Rio medal "haul" ended up costing Australians.
Olympic athletes know what's up when it comes to healthy eating: it's one of the most important demands of their profession. While they all represent the pinnacle of human ability, the diets they prescribe to are markedly different depending on the sports they play. This infographic looks at the meal regimes and nutrition hacks of ten elite athletes, from Michael Phelps (five large portions of pizza, pasta and eggs per day) to Usain Bolt (three serves of low-cal, protein-rich meats.)
The 31st Summer Olympiad kicks off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in just a few days' time. If you plan to catch all the big events during this historic three-week event, your telly isn't going to cut it -- especially when you're at work. Here's everything you need to know about watching the Olympics in Australia for free.
Olympic athletes spend hours every day training, building their muscles and perfecting their skills. Olympic training is more than a hobby, and more than just for health. Even so, their workouts may be way more intense than ours, but we can still adapt their workouts into something that us mere mortals can do.
The Olympics have always been home to the most popular athletic events in the world, but there are usually a few head-scratchers too. Maybe you have no idea how a certain sport works, or maybe you can't figure out why it's in the Olympics in the first place. Whatever the case, here are some of the weirder events in the 2016 summer games, how they work and when to try and watch them.
Watching world-class competitors inspires the inner athlete in all of us. Sure, you could set a reminder to work out tomorrow, as you sit snacking on the couch. But why not use that inspiration immediately? Try these Olympics-inspired workouts, so you can get fit like a champion while you watch them in action.
iOS/Android: With this year's Olympics taking place in an unfriendly European time zone, getting up early to watch a crucial event will be a common occurrence. We've recommended good alarm apps for iOS and Android in the past, but if you want to get a tad more jingoistic, Vegemite (yes, Vegemite) has released an Olympics-specific alarm app, complete with wakeup calls from comedian Dave Hughes and swimming coach Laurie Laurence.