Olympics

Under Two Flags

Some Thoughts on Amir Khan and Cathy Freeman* The lanky teenager bedecked in red stepped into the ring: eyes wide. The Union-Jacked fan club stood cheering in the stands, providing their last minutes of support before the fight that would  determine the 2004 Olympics gold-medal in the 57-60kg division. Britain’s youngest ever boxer at the…

Swimming Studies

Leanne Shapton, Swimming Studies, London: Penguin Books, 2012. Here is Leanne Shapton’s website: leanneshapton.com I am reading Leanne Shapton’s Swimming Studies, yes I am. Shapton is a Canadian artist and former elite swimmer, who almost made it to the Olympics. Nowadays, it seems that she is equal part author, publisher, illustrator and recreational, but regular…

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