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With the politically charged Winter Olympics set to kick off within days, the North Korean Olympic charm offensive is underway, spearheaded by its "army of beauties" all-female cheering squad as it arrives in South Korea to root for athletes from both sides of the peninsula. IMAGES of cheerleaders
Daniel Craig reprises his role as British secret agent James Bond as he accompanies Her Majesty The Queen to the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Ceremony also featured appearances from Mr. Bean, Monty Python and a re-imagining of the British Industrial Revolution. Subscribe to the Olympic channel: http://bit.ly/1dn6AV5 Every two years, the world's finest athletes gather at the Olympic Games - a spectacular celebration of sporting excellence that captures the attention of billions of people around the world. However, the Games are about much more than just sport. They bring the Olympic values to life and provide a global arena for a unique combination of sport, culture, education and ceremonies. At the Olympic Games in London 2012, about 10,500 athletes from 204 countries compete in 26 different sports, comprising 302 medal events. Whether athletes win a medal or not, they can forever call themselves Olympians. The sporting competitions are undoubtedly the central focus of the Olympic Games and participating in the Games is the ultimate goal for most athletes. Every edition has its own story to tell and will be remembered for some truly remarkable performances from sporting legends such as Jesse Owens, Abebe Bikila, Jean-Claude Killy, Nadia Comaneci, Katarina Witt, Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt, to name just a few. Find more about the Olympic Games at www.olympic.org/olympic-games
Highlights of the Women's BMX seeding run during the London 2012 Olympic Games. The first national mountain bike championships were held in 1983 in the USA. But the sport quickly grew in popularity in Europe and Australia. The first mountain bike World Championships, recognised by the International Cycling Union (UCI), were organised in 1990. Olympic recognition followed and mountain biking made its debut as an Olympic discipline at the Atlanta Games in 1996, with a cross-country event for men and women. The programme has remained unchanged ever since. It was in 2008 in Beijing that BMX made its debut on the Olympic programme. BMX is one of the fastest and youngest cycling disciplines. Its principle is simple: eight riders compete on a track filled with jumps, tight bends and obstacles. Find more about Mountain Bike and BMX Cycling at www.olympic.org/mountain-bike and www.olympic.org/cycling-bmx
Gold: Zheng Tao (China) Silver: Jia Hongguang (China) Bronze: Sebastian Iwanov (Germany) Start list: Iaroslav Semenenko (Ukraine) Matthew Haanappel (Australia) Swen Michaelis (Germany) Jawad Kadhim Joudah Joudah (Iraq) Aaron Rhind (Australia) Men's swimming 100m Backstroke S6 Final from the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. The IPC organizes the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, and serves as the International Federation for nine sports, for which it supervises and co-ordinates the World Championships and other competitions. The IPC is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to develop sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level. In addition, the IPC aims to promote the Paralympic values, which include courage, determination, inspiration and equality. For further information, please visit http://www.paralympic.org. To watch live action and videos on demand of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and subscribe to ParalympicSport.TV, please go to www.youtube.com/ParalympicSportTV. Also, you may follow the Paralympic Movement on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ParalympicGames or on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/paralympic.
The annual high jump compilation of the season is OUT. Here's what mainly happened this year in both men and women's. Though the year was the lowest season for the men's, Mutaz Essa Barshim reigned supreme with a world-leading 2.40 and the world title in London, also remaining unbeaten all season. In the women's, the same dominance was shown by Russia's ANA Mariya Lasitskene (née Kuchina) who also remained unbeaten the whole season, winning both the world title and the Diamond League Trophy, as Barshim. I also dedicate this video to olympic and 4x european champion Ruth Beitia who just retired some days ago. The retirement motivated me to do the video sooner. It needed to pay tribute to the best Spanish athlete of all time. Beitia won 15 international medals! 6 european indoors, 3 european outdoors, 4 world indoors, 1 world outdoors and 1 olympic medal. I DO NOT OWN ANY CONTENT OF THE VIDEOS. ALL CREDITS ARE GOING TO THEIR OWNER, INCLUDING : European athletics IAAF Diamond League IAAF Athletics High.jump.in.ua Jumpers.world Daniil Lysenko ORF Sport Frii Idrott TVP Sport Stream Athletics Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch Eurosport 1 TVP 10 Sport LAT Zive Sport
It's that time that comes round every four years, when we all become armchair experts at obscure winter sports for a fortnight. Yes – it's the Winter Olympics!
Tune in as I review the brilliant Pop Looks Bach BBC theme and compare it to the new one. And take a trip down memory lane as we relive the majesty of Torvill and Dean, and the drama of the curlers...
And if you find the Winter Olympics a bit dull, then just watch James Bond perform the same events but in a more exciting way!
Music: 'You Had to Be' by E's Jammy Jams
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