The London 2012 Olympic Games – your ultimate guide

News, features, beginner's guides, plus GB medal winners and the top ten medals table by country

Tom Daley wins gold… in the Team GB Twitter Olympics


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London 2012 Olympics medals table

Stay up to date with all Team GB’s Olympic medals, plus the international top ten league table for the London 2012 Games

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Beginners’ guides to the Olympic events

Our experts lead you through the ins and outs of some of the harder to grasp disciplines

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Meet the man who inspired Chris Hoy to become an Olympic hero

Keirin gold medallist Sir Chris tells Colin Murray he owes it all to his great-uncle Andy Coogan – a former POW and world-class runner Read more

Could you be an Olympic champion?

Usain Bolt, Chris Hoy, Andy Murray – are sporting winners born or made?

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Victoria Pendleton – “I want Olympic gold to do my supporters proud… and to say goodbye”

The Queen of British cycling on her public persona, controversial love affair and hopes for London 2012 Read more

Team GB’s Olympic gold medallists immortalised on Royal Mail stamps

Britain’s first London 2012 gold medallists Bradley Wiggins, Helen Glover and Heather Stanning have been honoured with postage stamps celebrating their wins Read more

“What I’ll be watching at the 2012 Olympics”

Celebrities including Benedict Cumberbatch, Matt Smith, Rob Brydon, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders tell us which events they’re most looking forward to and why Read more

“I could have been a contender”

BBC Olympic presenters Matt Baker, Gabby Logan, Jake Humphrey, Clare Balding, Sonali Shah and Chris Hollins were almost professionals sports people – but some more than others… Read more

How I failed to live the American Olympic dream

Our man Tim Glanfield was holidaying in the US when the opening ceremony took place. Watching it proved harder than he expected… Read more

Olympics opening ceremony watched by bigger peak audience than England Euros exit and Royal Wedding

Rowan Atkinson’s turn as Mr Bean during a performance of the Chariots of Fire theme was seen by 27 million viewers Read more

Inside the mind of Danny Boyle

Meet the man who pulled off the Olympics opening ceremony extravaganza – by his biographer Amy Raphael…

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American viewers miss key segment of opening ceremony

Time-delayed, edited NBC broadcast replaces memorial with Ryan Seacrest interview

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The real Twenty Twelve

The Hampden Park flag blunder was just the latest in a long line of embarrassing administrative errors at major sporting events…

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How to watch what you want at the 2012 Olympics

Let be your guide to 24 live channels and 2,500 hours of coverage

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Watch the USA Olympics team trying to speak Cockney rhyming slang

But be warned, seeing Americans going “chicken oriental” for their British hosts could result in Olympic levels of cringing…

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Knit your own Usain Bolt

Beat Bolt to the tape – can you knit the fastest man alive before the start of the Olympics?

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Ian Fletcher – “Seven years ago there was literally nothing. Now there’s definitely something…”

A farewell dispatch from Twenty Twelve’s Head of Deliverance…

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Guy Garvey on Elbow’s BBC Olympic anthem, First Steps

The singer talks to RT about writing for an orchestra, remembering Rentaghost and crying in front of the athletics

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Tom Daley: I’m diving for dad

Olympic medal hopeful Tom Daley is aching to win gold for the father whose ashes he touches every morning before training

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Get to know our Olympic guests

You know the Americans, but what about the athletes from Bhutan, Burundi, Naura and Kazakhstan, coming to London for the Games?

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Royal Mail to honour Olympic and Paralympic medalists with gold post boxes

Post boxes in gold medal winners’ home towns will change colour for the first time since 1874

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London 2012: Can anyone beat Usain Bolt?

“Usain is not finished” says Yohan Blake, the last sprinter to overtake the reigning Olympic champion and world record holder

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Big Ben to ring in the Olympics

London’s iconic landmark will chime for three minutes on Friday, marking the start of the Games – and an attempt to break a world record

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Boris Johnson’s Olympics poetry recital is a hit…

…and so is the YouTube mash-up spoofing an Olympic welcome from the London Mayor

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Danny Boyle to recreate the British countryside for Olympic opening ceremony

The Slumdog Millionaire director’s lavish show will open London 2012 with animals, grass and 10,000 human volunteers

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The Real Chariots of Fire: the daughters of two British Olympic heroes meet

1924 gold medallists Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell became the subjects of the 1981 Oscar-winning film

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74% of Britain’s young people say the Olympics won’t inspire them to do more sport

Our 16-25-year-olds are excited about the Games, but not so keen on exercise…

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Half of young British TV viewers to “double screen” during the Olympics

49% of 18-24 year olds intend to discuss the summer of sport on social networks whilst watching events unfold on TV

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Billy Mitchell takes on EastEnders Red Button Olympic challenge

Perry Fenwick will be joined by Omid Djalili, Dame Kelly Holmes, Tessa Sanderson, Matt Baker and Alex Jones in a spin-off episode

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BBC to broadcast London 2012 Olympics ceremonies and 100m final in 3D

Nightly highlights will also be available as the BBC continues to assess the appetite for 3D TV

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BBC transform Britain into giant stadium for London 2012 Olympics video

Watch animated athletes making the most of the UK in this first official titles trailer for the games

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BBC to offer 24 live Olympics video streams

Satellite viewers can follow their choice of sport uninterrupted, with extra feeds also available via Freeview and cable

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Colin Murray on his race to meet British Olympic heroes

The Radio 5 Live presenter has embarked on a gold run to meet as many British Olympic medallists as possible


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