2012 London Olympics

Golden girls ready for London stage

By Simon Griver, July 9, 2012

In part two of our focus on the 2012 Olympic Games, we look at some of the top female Israeli athletes who will be looking to raise the bar in London

* Jillian Schwartz
Sport: Pole Vaulting
Date of Birth: September 19, 1979
Born: Evanston, Illinois, US
Honours: 2009 Maccabiah Games gold for Team USA


Labour MP: Cameron should back Munich silence as Euros marked Holocaust

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2012

A former Labour minister has written to the Prime Minister calling for him to back a minute's silence at the London Olympics in memory of the 11 Israeli athletes murdered in Munich 40 years ago.


Peer: I must raise my game for the Olympics

By Laura Stadler, July 6, 2012

Shahar Peer admits she will have to overcome some psychological barriers if she is to push for a medal at the Olympics Games.

Peer has never been beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon and knows she will have to adapt her game on what she describes as her “least favourite surface”.


Lord Coe to hold 'personal' memorial to Israeli Olympic victims

By Jessica Elgot, July 5, 2012

Lord Coe, chairman of the London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games, has said he will hold a "personal" memorial for Israeli athletes killed at the Munich 1972 Games during the opening ceremony in London.

He told staff at the capital's City Hall that he would mark the anniversary during a "personal moment". It is not clear how Lord Coe intends to do this.


Scooting for Olympic glory

By Peter Rosengard, July 5, 2012

Last Tuesday, I'd just come out of Hyde Park on my red Vespa and was proceeding jauntily down Exhibition Road when I noticed they'd painted a big circle in the road. Now, I know all about the new Kensington and Chelsea austerity measures but I thought to myself: "No! It can't be a roundabout! It's a conceptual work of art, probably by Banksy." So I shot straight over it.


Time to listen to call for Munich silence

By Jonathan Freedland, July 5, 2012

It is hard to remember now, amid all the talk of expensive tickets, congested roads and corporate sponsors, but the Olympic Games was always meant to be about an ideal. Those behind the Olympic revival at the end of the 19th century did not merely want to create a new fixture on the international sporting calendar.


Lords honour Paralympic pioneer Ludwig Guttman

By Jessica Elgot, July 5, 2012

A German-Jewish refugee who went on to found the Paralympics was celebrated at the House of Lords this week, with Paralympian medallists gathering to pay tribute.

Sir Ludwig Guttman was a pioneering neuroscientist who established the Stoke Mandeville games at the spinal injuries unit he founded, which went on to become the Paralympic Games.


Olympic family goes extra mile for 2012

By Jessica Elgot, July 5, 2012

Five relatives are all playing their part in the "Olympic family" over the coming weeks, volunteering in different roles at the Games, from making props, to giving massages, escorting officials and directing tourists.


Israel hopes London is paved with gold

By Simon Griver, June 28, 2012

The 2012 London Olympic Games start exactly five weeks today. In the first of a series of dedicated features, we profile five leading men from the Israel squad.

● Shahar Zubari
Sport: Windsurfing
Date of birth: September 1, 1986
Born: Eilat
Honours: Olympic bronze medallist, World Championship bronze medallist, several titles at junior world level


Hunt: Olympic silence none of my business

By Jessica Elgot, June 28, 2012

Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, has refused to back calls from the US Senate and the Australian, Canadian and German governments for a minute's silence at the 2012 London Olympics to remember the 11 Israelis murdered in Munich in 1972.