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Team GB gave an exceptional performance at the 2012 Olympic Games. With 65 medals in the Olympics and 120 in the Paralympics (more on the Paralympics next week), Team GB achieved some truly memorable moments.
2012 Olympic Games
Sir Chris Hoy represented Team GB in the cycling, picking up two gold medals, becoming Britain’s most successful Olympian. In the 2008 Summer Olympics, Hoy became the first Briton to win three gold medals in a single Olympic Games since Henry Taylor in 1908.
Cyclists and triathletes have different body positions on the bicycle
European Journal of Sport Science
Longitudinal monitoring of power output and heart rate profiles in elite cyclists
Journal of Sports Sciences
Mo Farah, described at the beginning of the Games as a “bit of a hero” and ending them as “an icon” after winning the 5000m and 10000m athletic events. The “Mobot” celebration swept through the Olympic stadium and was also reflected in the crowd and fellow athletes like Usain Bolt.
Nicola Adams became the first woman to ever win an Olympic Boxing gold medal. Defeating Mary Kom from India in the Flyweight semi-final, she also went on to defeat Chinese boxer and world number one Ren Cancan in the final.
Featured special issue:
Boxing, History and Culture
Sport in History
Featured book: The Urban Geography of Boxing
Jessica Ennis got gold in the Heptathlon. Ennis’s full-time coach is UK Athletics national coach for combined events Antonio Minichiello, who has coached her since she was eleven years old. Ennis also receives specialist coaching for other events in the heptathlon.
Featured journal: Sports Coaching Review
Featured books: Foundations of Sports Coaching