Tom Walsh a golden shot for Glasgow Games

Tom Walsh

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NZ shot put on target for Commonwealth and even Olympic domination with Tom Walsh joining Valerie Adams at top.

Foreign journalists tweet rough road to Sochi

Dangerous Face Water

A hotel without a lobby. A room without a floor. "Very dangerous face water". It's all here in Sochi.

What we can expect from Sochi

 	 Scotty Stevenson and Hayley Holt

What we can expect from Scotty Stevenson and Hayley Holt's Winter Olympic Games coverage from Sochi.

Sochi Olympics ripe for killings

Vladimir Putin

OPINION: The threats of terrorism have never been so real as they are at Vladimir Putin's Winter Olympics.

Violinist Vanessa-Mae to ski at Sochi Olympics


Violinist Vanessa-Mae is set to ski for Thailand at the Winter Olympics in Russia next month.

Jamaicans confirm Olympic bobsled entry



Get ready, Sochi: The Jamaicans are coming, and they're bringing their bobsled again.

IOC member slams gay US delegation athletes

Olympic Rings

A senior Italian IOC member criticised the United States for including openly gay athletes in its official delegation for next month's Sochi Olympics.

Rio's Olympic waters full of sewage


Rio de Janeiro's endless beaches and lush tropical forest will be a photographer's dream during the 2016 Olympics. But zoom in on the likes of once-pristine Guanabara Bay, and the picture is of household trash and raw sewage.

Olympic flame lit for Sochi Winter Games

Olympic flame


The Olympic flame-lighting ceremony for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi has been held in Greece.

Olympic torch heads for space


Russian cosmonauts carry Olympic torch to International Space Station ahead of winter games at Sochi.

Wrestling makes its Olympic return from 2020



Rule changes to reward aggressive wrestling among adjustments made to get the ancient sport reinstated at the Olympics.

NZOC hail choice of Tokyo as 2020 Olympics host


New Zealand Olympic Committee boss Kereyn Smith has hailed the choice of Tokyo as host city for the 2020 Olympics.

Doping Aussie Olympians told to co-operate

Olympic rings generic strap

Australian Olympians must co-operate fully with anti-doping agency or face exclusion from the Olympics.

Bolt bottle thrower gets community service

Usain Bolt

A man who threw a plastic beer bottle onto the track and shouted abuse at Usain Bolt before the men's 100-metre final at the Olympics will be electronically tagged for eight weeks.

Runner graceful on foot and in life

Lucy Van Dalen

GREG FORD - © Fairfax NZ News

Amid the hue and cry of Olympics dramas for Val Adams there was another affected Kiwi athlete, calmly going about her business.

Winter athletes await 'da' for Russia


The countdown is on to the Winter Olympics, which start in Sochi, Russia, in just over a year.

Tight competition for 2020 Olympic Games

Olympic rings

Three cities bidding for the 2020 Olympics submit their plans for the Games, eight months ahead of when the IOC will announce the host.

New Zealand's golden Games in London

Mahe Drysdale

Marc Hinton looks back on the joyous days of the London Olympics and rates a Kiwi campaign that positively dripped gold.

Swim coach deeply sorry for U-turn on shift

Roly Crichton and Sophie Pascoe

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Roly Crichton turned his back on a Timaru coaching job because he would have been "crazy" to end his partnership with Sophie Pascoe.

Lisa Carrington finds her true calling

Lisa Carrington

World champion kayaker Lisa Carrington says an Olympic Games gold medal "comes with a lot of expectation" but a wealth of opportunities too.

Carrington, Mahe NZ's favourite moments

Lisa Carrington

A poll finds gold medal wins by rower Mahe Drysdale and kayaker Lisa Carrington were NZ's most popular medal moments at London 2012.

Sports Minister McCully freezes out ANZ

Murray McCully

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Athletics New Zealand faces an uneasy wait after being shut out of Sports Minister Murray McCully's investigation into its errors at the London Olympics.

A hurting Sharland decides to take break

Kayla Sharland


With the pain of narrowly missing an Olympic medal fresh in her mind Black Sticks' captain Kayla Sharland is set to take an indefinite break.

Trophy from 1896 Olympics on display in Greece

Silver Cup

The trophy won by the marathon winner at the 1896 Olympics has gone on display for the first time in Greece.

Gold medalist Mahe Drysdale hints at Rio tilt

Mahe Drysdale

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Olympic champion Mahe Drysdale says he is thinking about Rio Olympics all the time.

Athletics NZ in firing line over Val-Gate saga

Murray McCully

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Athletics New Zealand officials are now ducking for cover.

Belarus athletes urged to 'admit mistakes'


STACEY KIRK - © Fairfax NZ News

The leader of Belarus is calling for his own debriefing into the country's abysmal display at the London Olympics.

Nicholson forgets medal in post-Games flurry

Andrew Nicholson

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In the mad rush to get on the plane back home Andrew Nicholson forgot to pack his prized Olympic bronze medal.

Kids line up for Olympians' welcome home

Fans thrilled to see favourite Olympians

olympics strap

A moment's silence to remember the New Zealand soldiers who died in Afghanistan has started the Olympic welcome-home event.

Hotel shortages will not be an issue in Rio

The government official in charge of Brazil's preparations for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics said hotel shortages will not be a problem for either event.

Ainslie non-committal over another Olympics

Ben Ainslie

British sailor Ben Ainslie has moved to temper reports he will chase more Olympic glory in 2016.

South Koreans have badminton bans reduced

Jung South Korea badminton

South Korean Olympic badminton players and a coach have had suspensions for throwing matches reduced.

Valerie Adams entry debacle review underway

Valerie Adams

KATE CHAPMAN - © Fairfax NZ News

An investigation into the admin errors that affected shot putter Valerie Adams' Olympic performance is underway and will be robust.

Bolt keen on Rio; 400, long jump possibilities

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt is a definite starter for another Olympic Games, opening up the possibility of more sprint records or an attempt at other events.

Peter Taylor's bronze not too cool for school

Peter Taylor


Olympic bronze medallist Peter Taylor was centre of attention as he showed off his prized possession at his old school, Wellesley College.

LeBron James eyes fourth Olympics in Rio

Kevin Durant and LeBron James


LeBron James squeezed his mom's hands, the way he did as a kid. Moments before being honoured again in his hometown, James stood among family members and friends.

The only way Nadzeya Ostapchuk could win

Nadzeya Ostapchuk

For Nadzeya Ostapchuk, it started with the realisation that she could not possibly beat Valerie Adams. There was no way.

Will McCully's meeting achieve anything?

Murray McCully

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OPINION: So the Minister for Sport has summoned representatives from the Valerie Adams camp and the NZOC to his Beehive office.

Shot hits fan for NZOC over Games blunders

Valerie Adams

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The NZOC's golden glow is over as it faces criticism from a major sponsor and comes under scrutiny from the minister of sport. | Only way to win

Valerie Adams just wants to have fun

Valerie Adams

Victory was never in doubt for Valerie Adams at the Diamond League meeting in Stockholm, Sweden.

No big pay day for Kiwi Olympic medallists

Sarah Walker

Kiwi Olympic Gold medallists looking to cash in on their new-found fame can expect ''bread and butter'' rather than ''gold and jewels''.

Ostapchuk comments shows Kiwis' ugly side

Nadzeya Ostapchuk

STACEY KIRK - © Fairfax NZ News

Comments on sites dedicated to Nadzeya Ostapchuk show how "small town" Kiwis can be.

Australian kayaking gold medallist cops car fine

Murray Stewart, Dave Smith, Jacob Clear and Tate Smith of Australia hold up their gold medals after the men's K4 1000m canoe Sprint at Eton Dorney.

Gold medallist was overseas for four months but still copped a $900 fine for driving a car with registration that had been only expired a week.

Aussie swimmers 'unprepared' for pressure

Emily Seebohm


Back on home soil after a whirlwind Olympic campaign, Australia's swimmers admit they did underestimated the pressure.

Nadzeya Ostapchuk - a woman of mystery

Nadzeya Ostapchuk

STACEY KIRK - © Fairfax NZ News

She is possibly one of the most reviled people in New Zealand right now.

Belarusian cheat dismissed as 'raving mad'

Nadzeya Ostapchuk

Belarusian government launches probe after "raving mad" shot putter smears Kiwi champion.

Val Adams still wants NZOC investigation

Val Adams

Newly-declared Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams has opened up on her strained relationship with the New Zealand Olympic Committee.

Swimming faces financial dive after Games

Daniel Bell

LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ News

Daniel Bell is resigned to losing a significant portion of funding, to the point where he is considering cafe work to subsidise his career.

Belarus supports doping, says Adams' coach

Valerie Adams

Belarus is a country that actively helps its athletes to get around anti-doping rules, according to Valerie Adams' coach.

Eddie Dawkins ready to gear up for Rio 2016

'It's four years more experience'


NATHAN BURDON - © Fairfax NZ News

Eddie Dawkins was the first Southland Olympian to arrive home yesterday and his focus is already on Rio 2016.
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