The Olympic equation: How to win gold

The Olympic equation: How to win gold

The math equation is simple. To win an Olympic gold an athlete has one chance in one event, on one day, every four years. A once in a lifetime gamble to align the planets to win the greatest sporting prize: an Olympic gold..

  • Olympics: One step away

    The Olympics have just finished, familiar with names you may have heard this year include: Kaylee McKeown (Gold swimming 100m & 200m backstroke, medley relay, freestyle relay), Arianne Titmus (Gold swimming 400m, 200m), Keegan Palmer (Gold skateboarding), Logan Martin (Gold BMX Freestyle) or Nicola McDermott (Silver high jump).

  • A Freo Fans Anxiety

    I began writing this article on Sunday afternoon before the final two games of AFL round 21. It serves as a time capsule of hope. Also one of frustration, angst, anger and regret. I have not changed what was written.

  • After the Tokyo Olympics

    The Tokyo Olympics has been a historic event showcasing some of the world’s greatest athletes. It has also taught us about many of the key Gospel components. From of “sin bins”, to themes of sacrifice, and victory, the Olympics point to the eternal nature of God and His relationship with us.

  • Olympic Bottle Toss

    As a kid I loved watching the Olympics and learning about all the different sports. It’s been fun to watch my children get into the Olympic spirit at the Tokyo Games.

  • Day 14 of the Tokyo Olympics

    Being a coach is a tough gig. Your destiny is tied up with your teams’ performances. A coach must be a multi-skilled operative. They are an expert in their chosen sport, on top of all the technical details, an instructor, a tactician, a motivator, a psychologist, a counsellor, a manager of people, a confessor, an authoritarian, a friend, a CEO yet servant to the club and players.

  • Day 13 of the Tokyo Olympics

    A snippet from a new sports devotional, The Spirit of Victory. Available through your favourite bookstore.

  • Day 12 of the Tokyo Olympics

    One of the great men I have had the privilege of meeting in life was Ron Williams. Ron was an Aboriginal elder and evangelist who travelled all over Australia, bringing the good news of Jesus to all. Ron was the father of Lydia, accomplished goalkeeper for the Matilda’s (the Australian Women’s Football team).

  • Day 10 of the Tokyo Olympics

  • Day 11 of the Tokyo Olympics

    In 2004 Tyler Hamilton won a gold medal for the United States in the men’s individual time trial. Hamilton was a big name in cycling and competed in the Tour De France. Winning Olympic gold was the high point in Hamilton’s career but months later it would be followed by his lowest moment when he tested positive for blood doping.

  • Day 9 of the Tokyo Olympics

    After winning the women’s 20/20 World Cricket Cup the headline in the newspaper stood out so boldly “JOY IS THE AUSTRALIAN’S SECRET WEAPON.” The player of the match, Alyssa Kealy, said that the joy of essentially playing for fun was something she valued.

  • Day 8 of the Tokyo Olympics

    Jana Pittman was the best hurdler in the world. In 2003 and again in 2007 she won the 400-meter hurdles world championships. Unfortunately for Pittman during a warmup event for the 2004 Olympics, she tore cartilage in her right knee.