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# London2012

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# Memories
Here are the 61 most iconic images of the London 2012 Olympics
Starring Katie Taylor, Usain Bolt, Oscar Pistorius and erm, Boris Johnson.
# Odd Couples
8 of the weirdest meetings of 2012
From Lady Gaga hanging out with Julian Assange to Tupac Shakur’s Coachella performance, here’s our shortlist of the stranger celebrity and political encounters of the year.
# Squash
VIDEO: Why squash deserves to be an Olympic sport
The World Squash Federation make their case for inclusion in the 2020 Olympics.
# SPOTY
Bradley Wiggins wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year
Cyclist was the clear favourite for the award and duly delivered.
# first
London's Olympic Stadium calling for West Ham
The Hammers were named today as ‘first bidder’ for Olympic Stadium.
# shanghai surprise
Murray conjures up Olympics repeat to derail the Fed Express
The US Open champion just made the race for the world number one ranking a bit more interesting.
# Namecheck
What's in a name? Nominative determinism in sport
There are those who believe that a person’s name has an influence over what they do in life. That may well be true for these sport stars.
# world's fastest
Top bracket: Smyth happy to be among sprinting elite
Derry’s gold medallist has espoused the advantages of training in the US before defending his 200 metre title this week.
# London 2012
Contrite: Pistorius apologises for ‘timing’ of prosthetic complaint
The South African sprinter complained that Alan Oliveira’s legs were ‘unbelievably long’ after the Brazilan beat him in last night’s 200m final.
# London 2012
Gold rush: McKillop retains Paralympic title with world record in 800m
The 22-year-old blitzed the opposition to take home Ireland’s fourth gold of the Games.
# the best of men
Ludwig Guttmann: The man who fled Nazi Germany and founded the Paralympics
Dubbed the “Poppa of the Games”, Guttman is survived by his daughter Eve who now finds endless pride in her father’s work.
# Paralympic Games
London Paralympics set to open this week
As the London Paralympic Games get underway this week, we look ahead to all the action.
# at all costs
Explainer: Why Paralympians mutilate themselves to enhance performance
The practice of ‘boosting’ for athletes with spinal injuries is a natural but gruesome method of gaining a physical edge.
# Olympic Spirit
VIDEO: Half a million welcome Japanese Olympians home
Who knew Tokyo could get so crowded.
# PSNI
Jordanian trio arrested over 'indecent assault' in Antrim
The three men, members of the Paralympic squad, are being questioned after allegations by three women yesterday.
# trailblazer
London 2012 unveiled quality of women's boxing to the world - Taylor
The Olympic champion is thrilled that her fellow boxers are finally getting the recognition they deserve.
# down time
Gallery: What the Olympians did next
While many are still lapping up the limelight, some are happy to continue the hard work, go fishing or have a nice game of dominoes.
# London 2012
North Korea Olympics squad return to heroes' welcome
The North won four gold medals and two bronze at the London Games, the country’s best result since Barcelona in 1992.
# Interview
There's an amateur culture in Irish athletics - Heffernan
The race walker also suggested the government should provide sport in this country with significant funding.
# I heart chad
Le Clos encounter: School-dodging pupil earns a dance date with Gold Medallist swimmer
It took a lot of glitter, cardboard and sticky-back paper but Melanie Olhaus’ poster charmed the returning South African hero.
# Homecoming
Caption time: When Paddy met Enda...
One of Ireland’s bronze medal heroes shared a joke with An Taoiseach at the official reception at Farmleigh House today.
# Home Sweet Home
In pictures: Crowds turn out to welcome Irish Olympic heroes despite weather
The sun may not have turned out, but around 5,000 Irish sports fans did this afternoon.
# peeping tom
Man in court for spying on Chinese swimmers
Declan Crosbie is accused of peaking at the athletes as they were getting changed.
# northern soul
In pictures: Belfast welcomes home its Olympic boxing heroes
The fun just won’t stop for Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlon.
# London 2012
Going once... Mary Poppins kit for sale at London Olympics auction
The 2012 Games were meant to be all about sustainability and organisers hope to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds by recycling historic memorabilia in the online auction.
# Health Crisis
Patients angered by Michael Ring's Olympic homecoming comments
Sports Minister said his comments at Team Ireland homecoming about money spent on sport being “better than putting it into hospitals” was meant to highlight importance of exercise in keeping nation healthy.
# reflections
Treacy: 'The government have provided very significant funds over the last four years and we hope that will continue'
The CEO also hit back at critics of the Irish athletes’ efforts.
# London 2012
Katie's future? It's up to Katie, says Billy Walsh
The High Performance chief admits there’s challenges ahead for Ireland’s Olympic champion.
# Homecoming
VIDEO: Ireland welcomes home its Olympians
Featuring interviews with Katie Taylor, John Joe Nevin and Cian O’Connor, among others.
# conjecture
Ailis McSweeney: Sometimes the medals go to those who want them the most
Our columnist gives a review and analysis of what was one of the most successful Olympic Games ever from an Irish supporter’s perspective.
# London 2012
In pictures: Ireland's Olympic heroes welcomed home from London
Katie Taylor, show jumper Cian O’Connor and three other boxers had some extra baggage heading through Heathrow this morning.
# Games Over
Olympic Village: Day 16, wrap
We wave goodbye to London 2012 before making plans to head out to Dublin Airport early for Team Ireland’s return.
# Fencing
Natalya Coyle delighted with top 10 finish in Women's Modern Pentathlon
“Hopefully I made everyone in Ireland proud,” said the Olympian from Meath.
# team ireland
Sonia O'Sullivan: It has been a very, very successful Olympics for Team Ireland
The Cork woman says all 66 of the Irish Olympians in London are now part of her family.
# London 2012
What next? Nevin to take his time before planning for the future
The Olympic silver medallist intends to take a break with his family.
# Snap Happy
It's Sunday, so here's 14 of our favourite pictures from this week of sport
We’ll be honest, they’re mostly Olympic related.
# Review
The Sunday Papers: some of the week’s best sportswriting
Featuring extensive pieces on women’s boxing, wrestling and the relationship between sport and religion.
# medal match
'Game seven': USA ready to take home basketball gold
Spain stand in the way as the ‘dream team’ seek a fifth gold in six Olympiads.
# Review
Olympic Village: Day 15, wrap
There were mixed emotions for Team Ireland today, while Usain Bolt delivered another memorable performance.
# History
More gold for Bolt as Jamaica smash relay record
Usain Bolt and co put in a stunning performance to break the world record at the event.