For generations of steel stockholders Yorkshire has been home – and the steel city of Sheffield is of course at the heart of this.

Even the mascots of the London 2012 Olympics, Wenlock and Mandeville, were reputedly formed from the spilt drops of molten metal from the last girder of the Olympic Stadium.

But that is far from being the only association steel has with the Olympics, and a new book by academic Gary Armstrong and historian Matthew Bell looks at some more parallels between the sporting event and Sheffield in particular.

For example, London 2012 icon Sebastian Coe spent some of his youth in the city, before going on to win four Olympic medals.

More recently, Jessica Ennis-Hill was born and raised there, attended the University of Sheffield, and still lives in the city with her family.

Dr Armstrong said: “Sheffield’s contribution to the Olympic Games over the years is incredible.

“This book remembers the ordinary people – the miners, grocers and teachers – who devoted themselves to their Olympic dream even when history was against them.”

It serves as a reminder of how the generations of steel stockholders Yorkshire has produced have not only supplied the structural steel for Olympic Games of the past, but continue to provide the true grit and competitive spirit that have shaped the sporting spectacle to this day.

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