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More than just an autograph


Frederique Jamolli’s job is to prise the most treasured items from the hands of newly-crowned Olympians.

Her job is to ask sprint champion Usain Bolt for his Jamaican vest or the pair of brightly coloured spikes worn by Cathy Freeman after her 400-metre win at Sydney in 2000.

Jamolli and her team of about five tour the Olympic villages asking for memorabilia to help fill the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. Some sportsmen are anxious when approached, but many know their items will be well looked after.

“Most of the time they are very open, but we have to be  very respectful because for them the sports equipment is something that is part of them, especially because we are asking for, if we can, the sports equipment used during the competition in which they won the medal,” she told Reuters.

The London 2012 Paralympic Games is already changing lives


dametanni- Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson is Britain’s most successful Paralympic athlete, with a total of 16 medals, including 11 golds. She is part of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and Vice-Chair of the Sports Advisory Group. The opinions expressed are her own. -

One of the best parts of being involved in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is that I get to see for myself how hosting the London Games is already changing people’s lives across the world.

Dwain Chambers for the Olympics?


chambers.jpg(Updates February’s entry when Chambers was trying to represent Britain at the world indoor championships)

Dwain Chambers’ lawyers have asked a London court to outlaw the British Olympic Association’s (BOA) policy of lifetime bans for drugs cheats.