Wayne Gretzky, ice hockey’s greatest player, was born in 1961 in Ontario, Canada, where the sport is more a religion than a hobby. He first skated at the age of two on a rink that his dad Walter had made in the garden of their family home. At six, Gretzky was playing in an under-10s team. His jersey was too big for him, so he started to tuck in the right side of it, a superstition that stuck with him throughout his career.
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Wednesday 01 August 2012
Every day we're asking you to send us your questions about the Games. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweet using the hashtag #indyolympics, live from the Olympic Park – or your sofa. We'll try to get you an answer asap and the best questions will be printed. Please remember we may be too busy to answer everyone, but if you think you can answer someone else's question, all the better! To get us started, here are some queries that have been bothering us.
Tuesday 31 July 2012
Great Britain are catching up with the other leading nations of hockey and can win an Olympic medal at London 2012 if their 4-1 victory over Argentina is anything to go by, according to Alastair Wilson.
Sunday 29 July 2012
The man with incredible tales from past Games
Thursday 26 July 2012
A keen sportsman and biologist died after apparently running into a low-hanging high-voltage cable. James Kew, 41, from Ashdon, Essex, was leading a run with three others when he collided with the cable in a field in nearby Newport at about 8.40pm on Tuesday.
Thursday 19 July 2012
Today is the first day of the Real Ales and Jazz Festival which this year marks its 25th anniversary.
Saturday 23 June 2012
1. Athletics, cycling, fencing, gymnastics, shooting, swimming, tennis, weightlifting, wrestling.
Thursday 21 June 2012
A survivor of the 2005 suicide attacks on the London transport system has been included in Great Britain's sitting volleyball team for the Paralympics. Martine Wiltshire, then known as Martine Wright, lost both her legs in the attacks, which killed 52 commuters. She took up sports as part of her rehabilitation.
Friday 15 June 2012
A new batch of about 50,000 tickets to events in the Olympic Park are on sale, London 2012 said today.
Thursday 14 June 2012
New attitude sees high jumper leap to second in the world — via a spot of nude modelling
Tuesday 29 May 2012
In our series celebrating Great Britain's feats, David Faulkner, who set up the third goal, remembers triumph over the West Germans
Wednesday 23 May 2012
Australia men's coach Ric Charlesworth has criticised the Olympic match schedule after claiming it disadvantages his side and benefits their major rivals.
Wednesday 16 May 2012
David Beckham is to make a special guest appearance at the official handover ceremony of the Olympic Flame in Athens and bring it back to Britain for the torch relay.
Monday 07 May 2012
The Way I See It: If you had to be named after a fictional character, PG Wodehouse's Mike Jackson would do nicely
Wednesday 02 May 2012
The biggest test yet of whether the Olympic Park is ready for the London 2012 Games begins today.
Thursday 12 April 2012
The appeal of studying in the US is growing as fees rocket at home.
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Salmond accused of laughing off national debt with ‘what are they going to do: invade?’ joke
- 1 British tourists 'murdered' in Thailand: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 2 Vivienne Westwood says 'Yes' to Scottish Independence by declaring: 'I hate England'
- 3 Welcome to Cameroon, where drinking Baileys can lead to imprisonment
- 4 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 5 Vogue under fire for 'Big Booty' article