The lowdown on cross country skiing

I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t a big fan of cross country at school. It usually involved jogging around the school field and adjoining terrain judged to be suitably ‘country’ in mandated clothing that wasn’t really suitable for the conditions, dodging as many as possible of the dubious items that might be found underfoot at any given time. It just didn’t have the same allure as track running or any other PE activities for that matter.

Maybe the problem was that we didn’t have enough snow. If we did, we could have done cross country skiing. Since Christmas is now looming, it makes sense to turn our attention to winter Olympic sports. And surely there is none more festive than cross country skiing, which involves making your way through snow-covered pine forests in beautiful wintry scenery. Take your camera out part-way round the course and you could probably get a decent shot for your Christmas card. read more »

2014 World Cup the perfect warm-up to Rio 2016

When you think back to the joy and euphoria that accompanied London 2012, it is safe to say that the people of Brazil really are going to be spoiled for the next few years.

The general public can scarcely start to think about the possibility of hosting the Olympic Games yet. After all, there is the small matter of the football World Cup to enjoy first. read more »

London 2012 heroes hotly tipped for IAAF World Championships

Some of the heroes of Team GB’s successful London 2012 campaigns are hot favourites to add more gold to their medal collections at this summer’s IAAF World Championships.

Olympic champions Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah are both favourites to win their respective events at the forthcoming championships, according to Betfair.com.

Just over a year since they struck gold in the Olympics, both Ennis and Farah are expected to be in Moscow to compete in the World Championships. And the bookies are foreseeing more success for the pair this year. read more »

Team GB football: almost one year on

I was walking to my local shop earlier this week when I saw something I hadn’t seen for some team: a Team GB Olympic football shirt.

The gentleman wearing it appeared to be working up quite a sweat on his bicycle – perhaps a Team GB cycling kit would have been more appropriate – so it is safe to say that it’s not exactly his Sunday best.

Will it be worth his while keeping it? After all, the prospects of a Team GB Olympic team are somewhere between remote and slim, especially in the case of the men’s team.

Although the kit was mass produced, I didn’t see vast quantities of them being worn at the time. Perhaps they didn’t sell as many as most modern football kits. Perhaps the rarity of the occasion coupled with a future rarity of the shirt might add some value.

Then again, the Olympic football tournament never really captured the imagination of the British public. Sure, we wished Ryan Giggs and co well, but the flat atmosphere in the stadium and the flat performances from the team were indicative of the fact that this was a rag-tag bunch thrown together at short notice, expected to get to know each other and build a team in a very short space of time.

It was probably also indicative of the fact that the tournament was not as important as the Premier League or Champions League to those involved, and we knew it.

With that in mind, how could there ever be as much emotion attached as we afforded the likes of Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis? We knew they were performing on the biggest stage of their lives.

On that basis, perhaps the London 2012 Team GB football shirt won’t become a collector’s item and won’t be sought after in the future. There is little to suggest that it will.

So, when the gentleman on the bike has had enough of cycling in his Team GB top, my advice would be to sell your old sports shirt to musicMagpie. It’ll probably be worth more that way.