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Silver medal winners, team Australia, celebrate after their Women's Water Polo Gold Medal Match against Spain on day fourteen of the 15th FINA World Championships at Piscines Bernat Picornell on August 2, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.

Water Polo: The Aussie Stingers, have fallen at the final hurdle succumbing to the brilliant play of Spain 8-6 in the women's gold medal match

Caroline Buchanan of Australia celebrates winning the Womens Elite Final during day five of the UCI BMX World Championships at Vector Arena on July 28, 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand.

BMX: Australia's Caroline Buchanan has won gold at the UCI BMX World Championships in Auckland to put the demons of her London Olympics campaign behind her. And Lauren Reynolds won silver.

Lauren Mitchell performs at the uneven bars during the EnBW Gymnastics World Cup 2010 in Stuttgart, Germany.

GYMNASTICS: Gymnastics star Lauren Mitchell says the national women's team need to raise the stakes as they build towards the Rio Olympics.

Kimberley Mickle of Western Australia competes in the Women Javelin Throw Open during the Adelaide Track Classic at Santos Stadium on February 16, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia.

ATHLETICS: Javelin thrower Kim Mickle has forced her way into world title calculations with a personal best effort to win the silver medal at the Diamond League meeting in Paris.

IOC President Jacques Rogge announces Buenos Aires as the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2018 winning city on July 4, 2013 in Lausanne, Switzerland. The IOC Extraordinary Session held on the two days will allow IOC members to follow the 2020 summer Olympics candidate cities bids, the IOC presidential candidates briefing, and will elect the host city of the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2018.

YOG: The 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games will be hosted by the city of Buenos Aires in 2018, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge announced today following a vote by the IOC members at an Extraordinary IOC Session in Lausanne.

The beautiful Sochi ski cross course at the official test event for the 2014 Winter Games.

BLOG: Follow Australia's Olympic hopefuls on the road to the next Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Powered by Olympics.com.au @AUSOlympicTeam

Simon Gerrans of Australia riding for Orica GreenEdge takes the podium after winning stage three of the 2013 Tour de France, a 145.5KM road stage from Ajaccio to Calvi, on July 1, 2013 in Calvi, France. The 100th edition of Le Tour de France commences on the island of Corsica and ends July 21 in Paris.

CYCLING: Australia's Simon Gerrans of the Orica-GreenEDGE team won the third stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday (AEST) in a sprint finish at the end of the 145-kilometre ride from Ajaccio to Calvi on Corsica.

The Sigulda track in summer.

BLOG: Like most winter athletes in Australia I go from winter in the Northern Hemisphere for training and competing to a Southern Hemisphere winter in the off season. This means

Madonna Blyth poses during an Australian women's Hockeyroos hockey portrait session at on May 25, 2012 in Perth, Australia.

HOCKEY: Match reports from the Australian women's campaign at the Hockey World League in London where they are aiming to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

AOC President John Coates and Senator Kate Lundy at the AOC Annual General Meeting on 4 May 2013.

AOC President, John Coates, has congratulated the Federal Sports Minister, Senator Kate Lundy, after the ASADA Bill passed through the Senate saying it “reinforces the Minister’s strong commitment to the fight against doping in sport in Australia”.