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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Preview of December

Winding down 2008 with a Top 8 of '08

A quick post this evening to preview what remains here at The Science of Sport for 2008.

We have had a bumper year, filled with World Marathon Majors, Tour de France doping scandals (and signs of a fightback by doping control!), technological controversies (Speedo and Pistorius), and of course, the big highlight of 2008, the Beijing Olympic Games, which we did our very best to cover "behind the scenes" (physiologically speaking of course!)

Over the course of the last year, we've seen amazing growth here as well - some time tomorrow, we'll hit our 400,000th visitor since we started out about 18 months ago! And we have a few big ideas to build on the last 12 months. As I mentioned in my last post, it's looking like I'll have a little more time on my hands to actually implement some of the ideas we've picked up (many of them from you) in the last few months. So that's something to look forward to (hopefully!).

But for the rest of 2008, and now that the sports world is winding down, it's a good time to reflect on the year, and so for the next two weeks, I'll be starting a new series called "The Top 8 of '08".

The series will look at the Top 8 sports stories of 2008, from the perspective of Sports Science. In keeping with our Mission Statement and Vision, our purpose here is to provide that second and third-level of insight, to look beyond what happened, and try to interpret how it happened, why it happened. And so this Top 8 series will be my attempt to look at the year through the "X-ray Glasses" of a sports scientist.

I have a fair idea of what those Top 8 stories will be - the swimsuit issue, doping in sport etc are obvious candidates. But, as always, I welcome suggestions, so if you have any stories you'd like to nominate, feel free to do so, either in the comments section below this, or on our FaceBook group. (if you haven't joined, click here to join now!)

Join us over the next two weeks for a more story-book look back on science and sport in 2008!