Olympics

Jake Yapp mocked "working class" ITV viewers

Listen: BBC’s comedy sketch attack on ‘working class’ ITV

30 August 2016 8:02

Yes, it was a bank holiday – but did that give the BBC an excuse to launch a licence-fee funded attack…

Gold medalist Caster Semenya (Photo: Getty)

The Olympics proves it: we are not all equal

28 August 2016 11:53

An almost worldwide survey on penis length — the sort of thing I always read with a sense of trepidation…

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Sorry, what? European Parliament claims the EU topped Olympic medal table

22 August 2016 14:00

After Britain ended the Rio Olympics in an impressive second place in the olympic medal table, many Brexiteers claimed the…

The Brownlee brothers celebrate after winning gold and silver in the triathlon for Team GB (Photo: Getty)

Team GB is a near-perfect post-Brexit ideal

21 August 2016 8:30

Throughout our holiday, reports from Rio rippled in — last thing at night, first thing in the morning — a…

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The Spectator podcast: The doom delusion

20 August 2016 10:00

It’s August 2016 and the best time in human history to be alive. Well, at least that’s according to Johan…

The wonderful unfairness of the Olympics

19 August 2016 15:26

Does the Olympics medal table reflect more than just sporting prowess? If you take a look at which countries have won…

The Spectator podcast: The doom delusion

18 August 2016 7:55

It’s August 2016 and the best time in human history to be alive. Well, at least that’s according to Johan…

Fiona Bigwood, Charlotte Dujardin, Carl Hester and Spencer Wilton on the podium after winning the Silver medal of the Equestrian Dressage (Photo: Getty)

Equestrianism brings gender equality to the Olympics

16 August 2016 10:23

Team GB are currently resting in second position in the Olympic medals tables, with a total of 41 medals and 16 golds.…

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Wedding rings should be kept away from the Olympics

15 August 2016 15:52

I felt rather sorry for Chinese Olympian He Zi yesterday. Having picked up the silver gong in a women’s diving…

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How should gender be defined in Olympic sports?

5 August 2016 13:46

There were no women athletes in the first modern Olympic games. The next time around, in the 1900 Paris games,…

The Olympic Rings are displayed at the Copacabana beach ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Photo: Getty)

Great Britain could win gold in Olympic moaning

4 August 2016 14:53

When I was on local papers we waged an open war on Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, the body that…

Manny Pacquiao (Photo: Getty)

Why professional boxers shouldn’t be allowed into the Olympic ring

8 April 2016 14:07

Boxing is under scrutiny again and rightfully so. The sport’s dangers have been highlighted recently after pro boxer Nick Blackwell…

England Netball gets about the same amount of money as the Serpentine Gallery

Cut funding to sport (which we’re no good at) and give it to the arts (which we are)

22 October 2015 14:57

This morning Art Review announced its ‘Power 100’, a list of movers and shakers of the international art world. Last year the…

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Isn’t it condescending to call it the ‘special’ Olympics?

24 July 2015 22:15

Tomorrow sees the start of the Special Olympic World Games in Los Angeles. I’m sure you’ll be watching with great…

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The Olympic movement follows Fifa into the gutter

9 June 2015 18:39

No line has been repeated more often during the Fifa scandal than the instruction that football should follow the example…

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The incredible, inspiring story of the man who ran ‘the greatest race of all time’

22 July 2014 17:30

In the middle of a troubled and brawling world: some hope and inspiration. In last week’s edition of The Spectator…

A celebration of the NHS during the Olympic Opening Ceremony in 2012. Image: Getty

Stephen Dorrell: The NHS still has plenty to learn

21 July 2014 15:11

If anyone thought Stephen Dorrell would take a break from talking about health after standing down as chairman of the…

A Danish gymnast performing a perfect dismount from a pommel horse during the 1908 London Olympics.  (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator – on the purpose of the Olympics

21 February 2014 10:11

When the idea of a modern Olympic Games began to be discussed, Spectator writers couldn’t really see the point. ‘Beyond…

Julie Burchill and Paris Lees.

Podcast: Julie Burchill vs. Paris Lees, Putin’s plan to rule the world and Cameron’s love for Angela Merkel

20 February 2014 8:00

What is intersectionality and why is it ruining feminism? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Julie Burchill and Paris…

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What Mo Farah tells us about multicultural Britain (very little)

10 October 2013 12:22

The outrage over Jack Wilshere’s comment that ‘If you live in England for five years it doesn’t make you English’…

Two members of the military direct a woman during the Olympic Games. Picture: Getty

Why the armed forces make young people proud

14 January 2013 14:10

The popularity of the armed forces as an icon of British pride among young people shows the value of seeing…

Money

GDP is up 1% – give or take 0.7%

25 October 2012 9:44

So it’s official: the UK economy grew by 1 per cent in the third quarter of 2012, according to the…

Today's good employment figures are partly down to the Olympic games. Picture: Getty

The Olympic effect on jobs

17 October 2012 17:55

It seems today’s good jobs figures — employment at a record high and the unemployment rate back below 8 per cent…

Someone or something deterred the usual tourist hordes from visiting London this summer. Any ideas what? Image: Getty.

Olympic tourism update

16 October 2012 10:08

Ah – so those miserable traders who everyone told to shut up were dead right, back in August. Britain received…

The Olympic Park might be an Arcadia to some. Image: Getty.

William Shakespeare and the pursuit of human happiness

1 October 2012 16:51

‘Under the greenwood tree’ from As You Like It AMIENS: Under the greenwood tree Who loves to lies with me, And…