Going for gold

Mike O'Mahony, author of Olympic Visions, has been interviewed by BBC News Magazine. His book traces the evolution of the Olympic Games through pictures, including the growing role of women: 2012 is the first Olympics at which women are competing in every event. The book also explores the interaction between politics and the Olympics, describing how social movements have used the Games to combat issues such as sexism and racism.

To listen to Mike O'Mahony describing Olympic Visions please click here.