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Olympic 2012 podcast: Sir Steve Redgrave, Venus Williams and Olympic Flame in Ireland

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Guest Blogger | 15:30 UK time, Friday, 8 June 2012

The Olympic 2012 podcast features a selection of Olympic stories from across BBC local, national and World Service Radio, brought to you by BBC Olympic Correspondent Gordon Farquhar.

This week additional tickets to London 2012 went on sale, but with seven weeks until the start of London 2012, nearly three million tickets for the Olympic and Paralympic Games remain unsold. Chief Executive of LOCOG, Paul Deighton spoke to 5 live to defend the slow ticket sales.

Five-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Sir Steve Redgrave tells BBC Radio Berkshire about his high hopes for the Team GB rowing squad. You can follow all the latest GB Rowing and Canoeing news in the build up to the Olympic Games at Eton Dorney by following @BBCRowing

5 Live’s Olympic Question Time brought together a panel of special guests in Hackney to discuss the major Olympic issues. On the panel; Olympic Gold medallists sprinter Darren Campbell and swimmer Duncan Goodhew, Gail Emms a badminton silver medal winner at the 2004 Athens Games, the Chief Executive of LOCOG, Paul Deighton, Sport Minister Hugh Robertson, and DJ Trevor Nelson, Hackney born and bred and a 2012 ambassador. Among the many issues, they discussed if football should be an Olympic sport.

Another sport not associated with the Olympics is tennis but Venus Williams told the BBC World Service about overcoming Sjogren's syndrome to fulfil her desire for another Olympic medal.

Six months ago Adam Gemili was playing right-back for Thurrock FC, but this week the 18-year-old Londoner ran the second fastest time by a European athlete this year - 10.08 seconds. 5 Live Breakfast spoke to the rising star about his prospects of competing at the London Games.

For nine years, nine months and nine days, between the second of September1977 and the fourth of June 1987, Edwin Moses dominated the 400 metres hurdles. The double Olympian and 400 metres hurdle great revealed how athletics became commericalised with Colin Jackson and Mark Foster for The Olympic All Star Show. And you can listen back on BBC iPlayer to other anecdotes and insights from Olympic icons such as Ian Thorpe and Nadia Comaneci.

Olympic Torch made its way to Ireland this week, touring Northern Ireland over five days before crossing the border to Dublin. BBC Ulster caught up with some of the torch carriers including Ryan Cinnamon and British athlete Dame Mary Peters. And you can follow the Olympic torch route throughout the UK by visiting http://www.bbc.co.uk/torchrelay

Eleanor Oldroyd is back next Friday. A second BBC Olympic 2012 Podcast will be presented by BBC Olympic Correspondent Gordon Farquhar every Tuesday.

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    I think it is disgusting the Olympic flame went to Ireland.

    Guest blogger? Gordon Farquhar is a BBC employee isn't he?

  • Comment number 2.

    We have the 'honour' of the lighted torch passing through here - they couldn't even get someone from the town to carry the thing. Farce from start to finish. I now hear they are telling already selected torch carriers they can't now carry it as reps from the sponsoring companies are muscling in.

 

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