Olympics 2012

Follow the London Olympics with exclusive and live coverage from our reporter Ed Mezzetti and photographer Jessica Mann. And if you're at the Olympic Stadium or bump into one of the stars, send us your pictures and stories via the Green Plus above.

PARALYMPICS: Brave Craig learns to walk for grand finale

The Oxford Times: Oxford Mail columnist Caroline O’Connor, who coxed the women’s eights, is pictured on top, with Helen Glover, Women’s Pair gold medallist, centre left. They were supported by brothers Peter and Richard Chambers, wearing sunglasses, who won silver in

9:30am Tuesday 11th September 2012

LAST year Private Craig Winspear lost his legs in Afghanistan but at the Paralympic Closing Ceremony he walked again in front of a global audience.

PARALYMPICS: Our rowers' moment to shine on victory parade

The Oxford Times: Oxford Mail columnist Caroline O’Connor, who coxed the women’s eights, is pictured on top, with Helen Glover, Women’s Pair gold medallist, centre left. They were supported by brothers Peter and Richard Chambers, wearing sunglasses, who won silver in

9:30am Tuesday 11th September 2012

As the parade celebrating Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes snaked its way through the city of London yesterday, some of Oxfordshire’s elite athletes limbered up to create a human pyramid on one of the tour buses.

Olympic star power at dragon boat race

The Oxford Times: Silver medalists Richard, left, and Peter Chambers, right front, joined the competitors with paddles

9:30am Monday 10th September 2012

THERE was an Olympic flavour to Abingdon’s annual dragon boat race as three members of Team GB took to the water.

Archery finals hit the target with young fans

The Oxford Times: Team GB archer Larry Godfrey on his way to victory in the National Series Finals at Church Church Meadows

11:00am Monday 27th August 2012

FAMILIES were still in the London 2012 spirit watching Olympic archers in Oxford before having a go themselves.

Willkommen to Barton

The Oxford Times: Willkommen to Barton

9:00am Monday 27th August 2012

WELCOME to the German city of Freiburg.

Triathlon event a triumph

1:00pm Tuesday 21st August 2012

HUNDREDS of Olympics-inspired competitors took part in an amateur triathlon.

Designer creates own Olympic tail

The Oxford Times: The new £2 coin to commemorate the end of the 2012 Olympics was designed by Witney’s Jonathan Olliffe

7:00am Tuesday 21st August 2012

A WITNEY man has designed the latest coin to celebrate the end of the Olympics.

‘Night we’ll never forget’

The Oxford Times: Danielle Plummer, from Bicester, got to dance with ballet star Darcey Bussell, pictured during Sunday night’s performance

9:30am Tuesday 14th August 2012

DANCING with Darcey Bussell is a dream of many ballerinas.

‘Experience of a lifetime’

The Oxford Times: Tristan Hale

9:30am Tuesday 14th August 2012

IT WASN’T just the opening and closing ceremonies which featured Oxfordshire people.

Carrying on torch legacy

The Oxford Times: Grandmother Mo Merchant carries the Olympic torch through Nettlebed

7:00am Saturday 11th August 2012

Grandmother Mo Merchant, 70, from Wantage, was nominated to carry the torch through Nettlebed because of her long and continuing commitment to the Air Training Corps.

Volunteer offers life-saving skills at Olympic sailing events

The Oxford Times: Red Cross volunteer Mary Broughton

1:00pm Thursday 9th August 2012

AS the country is gripped by Olympic fever, one Oxford teenager has been making sure everything runs smoothly.

‘Time is right to invest in rowing’

The Oxford Times: Zac Purchase

12:00pm Wednesday 8th August 2012

ROWERS say the time is ripe to invest in the sport in Wallingford to create a lasting legacy of the Olympic Games.

An oar-some Olympic maize maze

The Oxford Times: The maze

12:00pm Wednesday 8th August 2012

A MAZE depicting two of Team GB’s incredible gold-winning rowers is emerging at a field in Abingdon.

Getting hooked on London 2012

10:00am Wednesday 8th August 2012

SO Olympic fever is gripping the nation…. As the boy who was always picked last at PE I wasn’t overly excited about the Olympics, but I surprised myself by getting hooked and from the Olympic ceremony onwards, my TV has barely been off.

Hurdler goes for glory

The Oxford Times: Hurdler goes for glory

9:00am Wednesday 8th August 2012

LAWRENCE Clarke is targeting glory in the Olympic 110m hurdles tonight.

Inspired to reach for Olympic gold

The Oxford Times: Inspired to reach for Olympic gold

9:30am Tuesday 7th August 2012

LONDON 2012 gold medallist Davis Tarwater returned to the university that helped rekindle his love for swimming to share his Olympic glory.

Champ on stamp

9:30am Tuesday 7th August 2012

OXFORD’S golden boy has been honoured with his face on a stamp.

Chinese leaders learn about city sport

The Oxford Times: Lord Mayor Alan Armitage, left, with Yan Weizhi, centre, and interpreter William Wang

9:30am Tuesday 7th August 2012

CHINA’S athletes may be topping the Olympic medals table, but sports chiefs from the country have been in Oxford to take a leaf out of the city’s book.

Soldiers take pride in their Olympic duties

9:30am Tuesday 7th August 2012

SOLDIERS from Bicester are doing their bit to ensure the Olympic Games go without a hitch.

Oxford City runner through to 1,500m Olympics semi-final

The Oxford Times: Hannah England has secured a place in the 1,500m semi-finals

9:00am Tuesday 7th August 2012

HANNAH England was delighted after progressing to the semi-finals of the 1,500m at the Olympic Games.

Golden glory means rower can go on honeymoon after two-year wait

The Oxford Times: Andy Triggs Hodge celebrates with his wife Eeke

9:30am Monday 6th August 2012

OXFORD Olympic gold medal winner Andy Triggs Hodge has two reasons to celebrate – he can now finally go on his honeymoon.

Wedding will help to take Zac’s pain away

The Oxford Times: Zac Purchase and his girlfriend after the medal ceremony

9:30am Monday 6th August 2012

WALLINGFORD rower Zac Purchase says getting married in three weeks’ time will help heal his Olympic heartache.

Little sign of Games boosting the economy

9:30am Saturday 4th August 2012

TOURISM in Oxford has remained largely unaffected by Olympic fever, despite expectations that the games would drive £1bn in sales to “the UK High Street”. Bus companies, hotels and Oxfordshire’s tourism board Visit Oxfordshire have all reported little change in business since the Olympics began. Joanne Butler, tourism manager at Visit Oxfordshire, said: “We haven’t seen a huge increase in visitor numbers, it is pretty much on a par with last year. “Since the start of the Games we have seen a lot of international groups coming here, wearing Olympics brands, so they obviously came up from the park to take a look. “I think people are more looking to come after the games. We are hoping the Olympic Park will become a popular attraction and then people will come up here.” The Olympics opened in London last Friday, and in the morning the Oxford Tube bus drivers were reporting delays caused by Olympic traffic. Both Stagecoach and Oxford Bus Company said there was some extra demand in Olympic-related travellers. The Four Pillars hotel in Thame was not overrun with customers. General manager Jonathan Oldroyd, said: “If anything it’s slightly under what we expected.”

Hey, we're in the paper

The Oxford Times: Hey, we're in the paper

9:30am Saturday 4th August 2012

THE silver medal-winning Chambers brothers enjoyed reading about their success in the Oxford Mail yesterday.

The Olympic ringmaster

The Oxford Times: Jason Prior of Aecom, which transformed waste ground in East London into the Olympic Stadium site

9:00am Saturday 4th August 2012

MEET the Oxfordshire man behind the London Olympics.

What a week at the Olympics

The Oxford Times: Eileen Naughton was a drummer at the Olympics' opening ceremony

8:00am Saturday 4th August 2012

OXFORDSHIRE is reflecting on the first week of the Olympic Games, after playing an integral role both on and off the pitch.

Olympic hero’s ticket offer comes at a price

The Oxford Times: Peter Radford with his two bronze medals

11:00am Thursday 2nd August 2012

FORMER British sprinter and Olympic hero Peter Radford was delighted to be offered tickets for Sunday’s 100 metres men’s final by the British Olympic Association.

Oxford teacher coxes women to rowing final

The Oxford Times: Oxford Academy teacher Caroline O’Connor in action Picture: OX53454 Jessica Mann

9:10am Wednesday 1st August 2012

Great Britain women’s eight, coxed by Oxford Academy teacher Caroline O’Connor, yesterday qualified for the final of their event in the London Olympics rowing regatta. They will race for a medal at Eton Dorney tomorrow.

County plays its part in Olympic opening ceremony

The Oxford Times: The Union Flag is carried into the stadium and raised by representatives of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force Royal Air Force personnel led by Squadron Leader Lambert from RAF Brize Norton

10:00am Monday 30th July 2012

OXFORDSHIRE played a pivotal role in making the London 2012 opening ceremony a spectacular success.

Teenage rower Cameron proudly lights Olympic Cauldron

The Oxford Times: Cameron MacRitchie holds aloft the torch with which he lit the Olympic Cauldron at Friday’s Opening Ceremony. Picture: OX53453 Antony Moore

9:30am Monday 30th July 2012

WHEN rising rowing star Cameron MacRitchie lit the Olympic Cauldron it sparked an ‘eruption’ of joy at his home in Oxford.

Oxfordshire takes centre stage at Olympic opening ceremony

The Oxford Times: Oxford rower Cameron MacRitchie is handed the torch by Sir Steve Redgrave

9:27am Saturday 28th July 2012

THE SPECTACULAR ceremony to kick off London 2012 culminated with a young Oxford rower lighting the Olympic Cauldron.

County helps boost blood banks ahead of Olympics

9:40am Saturday 28th July 2012

OXFORDSHIRE donors have helped boost blood stocks by a third ahead of the Olympic Games.

County rings in countdown to London 2012

The Oxford Times: Bishop Colin Fletcher of Dorchester leads the ringing of an assortment of bells to celebrate the opening of the Olympic Games at the church in Drayton St Leonard

9:30am Saturday 28th July 2012

Oxfordshire awoke yesterday morning to a cacophony of clanging bells, marking the 12 hour countdown to the official opening of the 2012 Olympics.

Olympic traffic delays Tube bus service to London

9:20am Saturday 28th July 2012

Passengers on the Oxford Tube bus service to London faced delays because of Olympic traffic yesterday.

You back Sir Roger to light Olympic cauldron

5:38pm Friday 27th July 2012

A MAJORITY of oxfordmail.co.uk readers have today backed Sir Roger Bannister, famous for breaking the four-minute mark for the mile, to light the Olympic cauldron tonight.

County's Olympic hopefuls will do us proud

The Oxford Times: Lawrence Clarke and mum Teresa

7:38pm Thursday 26th July 2012

FORMER Summer Fields pupil Lawrence Clarke will be lining up against some big names in the 110m hurdles on August 7. Incredibly, the 22-year-old only started training in the sport four years ago.

County residents on their marks for Olympic roles

The Oxford Times: Oxford town crier Anthony Church will be ringing his bell at the Olympic stadium

6:00pm Thursday 26th July 2012

WITH just one day to go until the Olympics officially begin, excitement around the county is at fever pitch.

Sir Roger in the running to light the Olympic Cauldron

4:18pm Thursday 26th July 2012

Bookmakers have stopped taking bets on Sir Roger Bannister, who ran the first four minute mile at the Iffley Road running track, lighting the Olympic Cauldron during the opening ceremony.

Cable car breaks down over Thames

10:30am Thursday 26th July 2012

Dozens of travellers were left suspended 300ft above the River Thames yesterday when a new cable car system linking two Olympic venues broke down.

Letting the bells ring out for Olympic-time

The Oxford Times: Bellringers at Drayton St Leonard church

9:40am Thursday 26th July 2012

YOU won’t need an alarm clock tomorrow when handbells, church bells, cow bells and bike bells ring out in unison across Oxfordshire to celebrate the start of the Olympic games.

Ambulance staff volunteer to help out

9:40am Thursday 26th July 2012

FRONTLINE staff from Oxfordshire’s ambulance trust will help provide emergency care for Olympic spectators.

History of Olympics goes on display

12:00pm Wednesday 25th July 2012

THE history of the Olympics is being told in a new exhibition at Banbury Museum.

ROWING: Sleepy Purchase in golden dream

The Oxford Times: Zac Purchase contemplates his Olympic chances

10:00am Wednesday 25th July 2012

Zac Purchase will be one of Britain’s medal favourites at London 2012 when he and Leander Club’s Mark Hunter team up in the lightweight men’s double scull.

ROWING: Triggs Hodge aiming to repeat Beijing gold

The Oxford Times: Andy Triggs Hodge at the GB rowing HQ at Caversham

9:00am Wednesday 25th July 2012

Oxford's Andy Triggs Hodge says he needs to win another Olympic gold medal to be considered a good rower.

Light goes out on Olympic artwork

The Oxford Times: The finale of the Tree of Light event at Stonor Park, near Henley

12:00pm Tuesday 24th July 2012

FOR crowds in Oxford, it heralded the countdown to the Olympic Games. But this weekend, the Tree of Light was lit up for the final time.

Pupils in opening ceremony get trainer ‘guidance’

The Oxford Times: Pupils from John Hampden Primary School, in Thame, are to take part in the Olympic opening ceremony representing Honduras. Pictured front are 10-year-olds Naomi Holopainen and Tayler Carruthers

9:30am Wednesday 18th July 2012

YOUNGSTERS taking part in the Olympic opening ceremony have been told they shouldn’t wear branded trainers unless they are made by Adidas

Golden Goodhew's a big hit

The Oxford Times: Duncan and Julianna De Leon

12:30pm Saturday 14th July 2012

Children got to see a gold medal up close when Olympic swimmer Duncan Goodhew dropped into a Bicester school.

Teacher spreads the cheer

The Oxford Times: Teacher spreads the cheer

12:20pm Saturday 14th July 2012

AFTER having the honour of carrying the Olympic torch, Witney teacher Emma Cuthbertson brought it to school to share the moment with her pupils.

Torch helps to light up lives

The Oxford Times: Lauren Twomey

12:10pm Saturday 14th July 2012

THE father of late cancer fundraiser Jake Spicer has been using his Olympic Torch to light up the lives of seriously-ill children.

Ex-dinner lady's life as a 1948 Olympian

The Oxford Times: Diver Esme Harris pictured in 1947

9:30am Saturday 14th July 2012

To her neighbours, Esme Gibb looks like an ordinary grandmother, pottering around her Cowley garden.



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