2012 London Olympics

Olympic birthday

August 10, 2012

Angela Lucas, one of the legions of volunteers who took part in the Olympics Opening Ceremony, had an extra reason to savour it. Not only was it her 64th birthday that day, she was actually born during the 1948 London Games.

The grandmother of five (here shown drumming at the opening) will also be involved in the Closing Ceremony.

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Golden games for Nicola Adams agent

August 10, 2012

Enjoying the taste of Olympic success has been Gab Stone, who founded his own sports agency, GSE Management, three years ago.

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The boy who hugged Andy Murray

August 10, 2012

No one better encapsulated the nation’s grateful acclaim of Andy Murray, after his storming gold medal victory over Roger Federer in the Olympic tennis final, than the little boy who was captured hugging him on TV. The young fan in question? Eleven-year-old Henry Caplan from Essex.

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Munich victims to be remembered at JCC Games opening ceremony

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2012

The widow of one of the Munich victims is to stage a memorial silence at the opening ceremony of an international sporting competition this weekend. Not the London Olympics, as was so publicly refused by the International Olympic Committee, but at the start of the 2012 JCC Maccabi Games.

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Jewish leadership tells Rogge: your presence is not enough

By Jenni Frazer, August 10, 2012

Mick Davis, chair of the UJIA and the Jewish Leadership Council, spoke on behalf of the community at the Guildhall ceremony to commemorate the Munich athletes. In unusually trenchant remarks, addressed directly to Jacques Rogge, the IOC president, he said: "We - British citizens, Israelis, Jews and all people of conscience – are here this evening to honour the memory of the victims.

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Winning gold in Rio

August 9, 2012

It may hardly, as we report this week, have been a glorious Olympics for Israel - simply not good enough, in the words of the Olympic Committee of Israel's Gili Lustig - but there were Jewish gold medal winners. There was even a British Jewish winner, of sorts.

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Why? No proper answer

By Jenni Frazer, August 9, 2012

When a veteran Israeli journalist asked Lord Coe, the chairman of the London Games, if he could address the vexed question of the missing minute's silence for the murdered Israeli athletes at the Games' Opening Ceremony, the response was extraordinary.

"That's an impertinent question," he said. "Impertinent?" responded the Israeli journalist. "It's a very sensitive matter in my country."

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The Jewish Olympic gold medal horse

By Simon Rocker, August 9, 2012

For one Jewish couple, London's golden Olympics had a special lustre this week.

Emma and Michael Phillips are joint owners of Triple X, one of the horses that jumped to victory in the team showjumping event on Monday.

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Langdon girl goes for gold as an Olympic Games Maker

August 9, 2012

The opportunity to run with the Olympic spirit gave Langdon resident Hannah Levy the chance to “make the games happen”.

Ms Levy, who lives at a Langdon Supported Living property in Manchester, headed south after being chosen as one of the 70,000 volunteer “Games Makers” for the London 2012 Olympics.

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How Munich widow broke news to her children

By Jenni Frazer, August 9, 2012

Ilana Romano, widow of the weightlifter Yosef Romano, spoke in Hebrew of the agony of her loss in 1972.

She said: "We are gathered again in anxiety and agony to mark the 40th anniversary of the cruel tragedy at the Olympic village in Munich.

"This is the 10th Olympiad since 1972.

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