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Who's the Winner?

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When two closely matched teams play each other, what is the most likely result?

Medal Muddle

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Countries from across the world competed in a sports tournament. Can you devise an efficient strategy to work out the order in which they finished?

What's the Point of Squash?

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Under which circumstances would you choose to play to 10 points in a game of squash which is currently tied at 8-all?

The Olympic Torch Tour

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Imagine you had to plan the tour for the Olympic Torch. Is there an efficient way of choosing the shortest possible route?

Sport Collection

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This is our collection of favourite mathematics and sport materials.

Olympic Logic

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Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?

Training Schedule

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The heptathlon is an athletics competition consisting of 7 events. Can you make sense of the scoring system in order to advise a heptathlete on the best way to reach her target?

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How would you design the tiering of seats in a stadium so that all spectators have a good view?

The Fastest Cyclist

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Andy is desperate to reach John o'Groats first. Can you devise a winning race plan?

Olympic Measures

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These Olympic quantities have been jumbled up! Can you put them back together again?

Olympic Triathlon

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Is it the fastest swimmer, the fastest runner or the fastest cyclist who wins the Olympic Triathlon?

Nutrition and Cycling

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Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?

Decathlon: the Art of Scoring Points

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How do decisions about scoring affect who wins a combined event such as the decathlon?

High Jumping

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How high can a high jumper jump? How can a high jumper jump higher without jumping higher? Read on...

Weekly Challenge 20: the Olympic LOGO

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A weekly challenge concerning drawing shapes algorithmically.

Who's the Best?

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Which countries have the most naturally athletic populations?

Speed-time Problems at the Olympics

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?

Track Design

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Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?

David and Goliath

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Does weight confer an advantage to shot putters?

Performing Beyond Expectations - Using Sport to Motivate Students in Mathematics Lessons

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In this article, Alan Parr shares his experiences of the motivating effect sport can have on the learning of mathematics.

Alternative Record Book

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In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.

Olympic Records

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Can you deduce which Olympic athletics events are represented by the graphs?