# 2012 Olympics

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'Protecting the 2012 Games by covering up a scandal was more important than protecting Londoners'
Read this extract from Michael Gillard’s book on the Olympics.
Ireland's 2012 Olympics hero John Joe Nevin makes successful return to boxing
The Mullingar native took part in his first fight in over a year.
Farah spokesperson says suggestion of misconduct 'entirely false' after Fancy Bears hack
One of the documents shared in the latest leak suggests the star’s biological passport was viewed by an expert as “suspicious”.
Hope Solo rips Swedish women's soccer team for playing like 'cowards' and says the best team didn't win
This isn’t a great look.
This US gymnast's coach recalls the moment she realised the athlete was a prodigy, aged 6
“I was like, ‘Wow, this kid is something.”
Two of Ireland's top boxers progress at European Games
Meanwhile, Longford native Derek Burnett finished joint-eighth out of 32 in Men’s Trap.
Man arrested after Olympic medallist John Joe Nevin injured in Mullingar attack
The boxer is believed to have suffered a broken leg.
World anti-doping bosses to open 'extraordinary' audit of Jamaican testing
WADA to investigate months at the beginning of 2012 where there was “no effective operation” by Jamaican authorities.
For an Olympic sailor, training in snow and 40 knot winds are par for the course
Ireland’s Annalise Murphy, fourth at last year’s London Olympics, is the latest athlete to be profiled by The Journey.
Olympic sailor Annalise Murphy crashes bike into parked car, breaks nose
The London Olympian “did something rather stupid” on Tuesday morning.
Rheinisch not looking too far into the future
Three-time Olympian Eoin Rheinisch plans to compete again this year but hasn’t made any decisions on whether he’ll still be around for Rio 2016.
Drive time as Coyle gets set to do it all again
Tara’s Natalya Coyle was one of the surprise successes of the London Olympics, but she won’t rest easy until she’s fulfilled her potential.
Tom Daley's mammy isn't happy about the criticism he's getting
British Swimming boss David Sparkes hit out at the teenage diver this week for his part in a new reality TV show.
After the gold rush: Evans braves risk to bring home reward
After the disappointment of defeat in London, Scott Evans knew he needed a change. He just didn’t know where it would take him.
After the gold rush: Kearney savouring rollercoaster ride
After sneaking into London under most people’s radar, triple Paralympic medallist Helen Kearney is enjoying the buzz of her win.
After the gold rush: lights out as O’Neill moves on from London
It’s head down and push on as Kilkenny boxer Darren O’Neill comes to terms with life after the London Olympics.
Katie Taylor named Sportswoman of the Year
Olympic gold medallist awarded for her ‘exceptional sporting achievements’ in 2012.
Katie's golden moment voted highlight of 2012
75% of respondents in Pembroke Communications’ Sports Sentiment Index (SSI) picked Katie Taylor’s Olympic gold as the most iconic moment of 2012.
Boxing duo Walsh and Taylor named Sports Manager of the Year
With four Olympic medals in the bag, Ireland’s top boxing coaches won the annual Philips award at this afternoon’s ceremony in Dublin.
ISA critical of 'malicious' Olympic betting allegations
Peter O’Leary escaped with a warning following an Olympic betting investigation, but Irish sailing bosses still have questions about the motive and timing of the allegations.
Joy as 'iconic' Taylor commits to Olympic defence
The Irish Sports Council are “delighted” that Katie Taylor has agreed to remain as an amateur in the hope of further Olympic glory at Rio 2016.
In pics: The Paralympic Opening Ceremony
The opening ceremony of the Paralympic opening ceremony took place tonight. Here’s a quick snapshot.
VIDEO: It's never too late for one last London 2012 montage
It’s grand, there’s only two more sleeps until the Paralympics starts.
Ratoath homecoming for Olympic duo
Celebrations to welcome home Cian O’Connor and Natalya Coyle are planned in the County Meath village tonight.
VIDEO: Is this the most embarrassing dance by two political leaders, ever?
Boris Johnson and David Cameron had a great auld boogie at the Olympics closing ceremony.
'He's still our wee brother': Conlan family welcome their bronze medal hero home
Michael Conlan’s father and brother promise that the young Belfast boxer still has plenty more to offer in the ring.
Darren O'Neill: It's easy to be captain of a good team
The Kilkenny boxer was full of praise for his team-mates as Ireland’s athletes returned home from London 2012.
Losing Billy and Zaur will set Ireland back 5 to 10 years - Conlan
John Conlan has called on the IABA to agree new contracts with boxing coaches Billy Walsh and Zaur Antia.
Irish pride as Olympic squad touches down in Dublin
The Minister for Sport promised to fight for more funding as he welcome Ireland’s Olympians home at a small reception in Dublin Airport this afternoon.
'Disappointed' Kenneally already looking towards Rio
Celbridge runner Mark Kenneally finished 57th in the men’s marathon on the final day of the London Olympics.
Who's the legend now? Rogge rolls back on Bolt row
IOC President Jacques Rogge described London 2012 as “an athletes’ Games” as the Olympics comes to a close.
In pictures: Luke Campbell pips John Joe Nevin to Olympic gold
It was the latest installment of a rivalry that needed no introduction but in the end, it just wasn’t to be for John Joe Nevin.
Ailís McSweeney: Historic double within Farah's grasp
The track and field action comes to a close but it could be a night to remember, writes athletics expert Ailís McSweeney.
Olympic soccer: Mexico stun Brazil to win gold
A double from Oribe Peralta gave Mexico a 2-1 win against Brazil in the gold medal decider.
Perfect race bar the result for Cork's Rob Heffernan
“To top it off with a medal would have been unbelievable,” says Heffernan after setting a new Irish record in the 50km race walk.
Ailís McSweeney: Captain's performance from Rob can inspire Olive
Rob Heffernan brought Ireland to the brink of a sixth medal in the men’s 50km race walk this morning.
So near yet...: Rob Heffernan smashes Irish walk record but finishes fourth
The Cork walker took more than seven minutes off his PB in the men’s 50km event.
Darren O'Neill to lead Team Ireland at Olympic closing ceremony
The Kilkenny boxer will carry the Irish flag at tomorrow night’s ceremony.
Andrzej Jezierski takes "B" honours, finishes 9th
The Polish national won the “B” final of the men’s canoe single (C1) 200m in Eton Dorney this morning.
Video: Crowds in Bray reacts to Katie's gold medal win
A massive crowd gathered in the 26-year-old’s home town of Bray to watch the fight… and they weren’t disappointed.