OpenLearn has launched an Olympics 2012 Portal
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As we count down to London 2012, give yourself a special insight into the world's most exciting sporting event with The Open University's collection of exciting interactives, academic insights and lots of free opportunities to take your learning even further in the world of sport.
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What sort of Olympian would you be?
What does it take to be a top Olympian or Paralympian? Our game will let you discover your perfect sport - and then enter our virtual games. Try Olympisize Me.
The first Olympics
Explore the Ancient Olympics and compare it with the modern games with this free unit, The Ancient Olympics: Bridging past and present. Using course materials, maps, timeline and quotes, this free taster will give you the chance to assess the ethical, philosophical and cultural importance of the ancient Olympics to the Ancient Greek World and understand the dual role of Olympia.
- For more free tasters, try Exploring sport online: Athletes and efficient hearts and The science behind wheeled sports.
Olympic Short videos
Our sports academics and Olympic gold medallist rower Sir Matthew Pinsent give their insights into the role of families, coaches and team dynamics in creating a top Olympian.
Athletes such as Usain Bolt and the GB basketball and rowing teams are also interviewed, offering real-life case studies of how their families, friends, team-mates and coaches help them reach the top on their sport. Watch the Olympic shorts.