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Sport New York Rangers player Wayne Gretzky in his final career game

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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Every day we're asking you to send us your questions about the Games. Email us at olympicquestions@independent.co.uk, 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.

Alastair Wilson is positive about the fortunes of Britain's hockey team

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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.

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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.

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A new batch of about 50,000 tickets to events in the Olympic Park are on sale, London 2012 said today.

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Australia hockey team unhappy with early schedule for Olympics

Australia men's coach Ric Charlesworth has criticised the Olympic match schedule after claiming it disadvantages his side and benefits their major rivals.

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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.

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The biggest test yet of whether the Olympic Park is ready for the London 2012 Games begins today.

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