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Olympics: Bob Beamon’s leap of faith


There are so many astounding individual performances at an Olympics that it will be difficult to single out one defining moment.

Some stars, however, become synonymous with a particular edition such

Olympics: What makes Jamaica tick?


What is common to Linford Christie, Donovan Bailey and Usain Bolt? Each one of them has won an Olympic gold in the 100m.

It is not a quiz question that will strain your brain. Bolt is, of course, th

Olympic heroes: They won hearts, not medals


Citius, Altius and Fortius may be the motto of the Olympics, but the Games isn’t only about the fastest, highest and strongest.

The Olympics has always loved gallant losers. Winning is important in

Black power show in Olympics


US athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos electrified the 200m field at the 1968 Mexico Olympics.

The former won gold in a world record time and the latter claimed a bronze medal behind Australian Pe

When Ali held court at Atlanta


The history of the Olympics is filled with glorious chapters chronicling the dazzling performances of athletes. From Jim Thorpe to Michael Phelps, scores of stars have pushed the boundaries of excelle

Brilliant idea fires up the Olympics


The 1936 Berlin Olympics attained notoriety as German chancellor Adolf Hitler tried to hold up the Games as a symbol of Aryan supremacy.

The four-gold performance of Jesse Owens came as a perfect ri

Awesome foursome at Olympics


Individual brilliance lights up an Olympics. The enduring image of the Beijing Games was the otherworldly performance of Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt.

But team sports also have their days under the

McDonaldization of Olympics


In major deviation from Olympic convention, the finals of all swimming events were staged in morning at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Reason: American television network NBC wanted to broadcast the eve

Fosbury was not a flop


Dick Fosbury faced the problem that confronts all pioneers: rejection and ridicule. The American transformed the way the high jump was executed with his revolutionary curved run-up and backward cleara

Sreejesh waits for Tamil Nadu pat


P.R. Sreejesh is an asset to the senior national hockey team. The goalkeeper who is employed with Indian Overseas Bank in Chennai has a sturdy body and a stout heart.

Whether it is former India coac

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.