Jade Etherington carries the Great Britain flag at the Winter Paralympic closing ceremony, Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, Sochi, March 16, 2014 © Getty Images
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Olympics: Michael Phelps to end retirement
OlympicsUK Sport have rejected an appeal by British Basketball for the body to reconsider its decision to withdraw all Olympic funding from the sport
Winter ParalympicsKelly Gallagher has revealed that she is returning home from the Winter Paralympics in Sochi "less than skint"
Winter ParalympicsGreat Britain's wheelchair curlers secured Winter Paralympic bronze with a 7-3 win over China in Sochi
Winter ParalympicsVisually-impaired skier Jade Etherington and her guide Caroline Powell have become the most decorated British women in Winter Paralympic history
Winter ParalympicsJade Etherington has said she will "go for broke" in her pursuit of Winter Paralympics gold, while Team GB's curlers are on the verge of the semi-finals
Winter ParalympicsGreat Britain's Jade Etherington claimed her third medal at the Winter Paralympics after winning silver in the women's visually impaired slalom
Winter ParalympicsTeam GB's skiers have continued their history-making start to the Winter Paralympics after Kelly Gallagher won Britain's first ever gold at the Games
Winter ParalympicsGreat Britain's wheelchair curling team gained their first two wins of the Winter Paralympics with victories against Sweden and South Korea in Sochi
Winter ParalympicsSkier Jade Etherington has become the first British woman to win a Winter Paralympics medal on snow after earning silver in the women's visually impaired downhill on the opening day of action in Sochi
Winter OlympicsRussian freestyle skier Maria Komissarova has confirmed she has no feeling from the waist down following her Sochi training accident which left her with a broken spine
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2012 London Olympics:
The 2012 Olympic Games will be held in London, making the capital city the first to host the Games three times, with the summer spectacular getting underway with the opening ceremony on July 27. The first Olympic Games took place in 776 BC. Emperor Theodosius brought an end to 12 centuries of sport dedicated to the Olympian gods in 393 when he decreed that all such "pagan cults" be banned. It was not until 1894 that the movement, the modern Olympics as they are known, was revived. It was somewhat appropriate that the first event, in 1896, took place in Athens. The event has grown enormously, from an initial 245 athletes in 1896 to over 10,000 from 205 nations for the Beijing games in 2008 and there will be 26 sports on show in 2012.