AOC: Some of the most knowledgable Olympic heads in the world have come together at the Australian Olympic Committee headquarters in Sydney to make a special presentation to two outstanding Australians.
A Pope known for his love of sport welcomed the IOC President and other Olympic leaders from Europe to the Vatican. Following is a transcript of the address Pope Francis delivered Saturday in which he warns that sport must not lose sight of human values.
German kayaker Birgit Fischer won 12 Olympic medals (eight gold) from 1980 to 2004. She is the only female Olympian in any sport to win medals 24 years apart and a gold medal at each of six Olympic Games. She missed competing at Los Angeles 1984, when arguably she was at the peak of her form, because of the USSR-led boycott which resulted in East Germany not sending a team.
Olympic Trivia Features
Winter Olympic Force
So which athletes have turned Australia into a winter Olympic force?
Female Olympians bridging the gap
Australia has had a steady increase in female representation at the Games, finally reaching a 50:50 gender balance at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
Age is no barrier
Three Olympians competed before their 14th birthdays while three athletes competed after turning 60.