Sir Chris Hoy, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Jason Gardener
After four years of intensive training, this weekend will decide which track and field athletes will have the honour of representing Great Britain at the Olympics. The Aviva 2012 athletic trials take place between 22nd to 24th June in Birmingham. Ahead of the trials BBC 5 Live’s Mark Chapman, Darren Campbell and Kelly Sotherton hosted a special programme of “London Calling” in front of a live audience at the Alexander Stadium. European Champion hurdler Andy Turner and British long jump record holder Chris Tomlinson joined the panel to reveal what it’s like to room with other athletes in the Olympic village.
Before athletes can start planning their accommodation at the Olympic village, they need to qualify. This year the competition is fierce as former Olympic gold medallist Jason Gardener told BBC London’s “Towards London 2012”. For further coverage of the UK Athletics trials at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium join me on BBC 5 Live on Saturday 23rd June.
Andy Coogan was a successful athlete whose career in the 1930s was cut short by World War II. After years of imprisonment in the notorious Japanese camps, Andy Coogan returned “a bag of bones” and unable to regain his previous physical prowess. His legacy however was to inspire one of Great Britain’s most successful athletes and his own nephew… Sir Chris Hoy. BBC 5 Live’s Colin Murray caught up with the indomitable Andy Coogan and Sir Chris Hoy for “Colin Murray’s Gold Run”. For updates and photos follow @BBCGoldRun on Twitter
Back in 2009, the International Olympic Committee approved a series of new sports, including women's boxing, for inclusion in the 2012 London Olympics, and proposed that golf and rugby be added to the 2016 programme. Charlie Brooker invited comedians Miles Jupp and Susan Calman to make their own suggestions for new Olympic sports in the Radio 4 series “So Wrong It's Right”.
The magnificent Olympic site in Stratford with its stadia and manicured lawns seems a world away from its past as post-industrial wilderness of abandoned factories and railway sidings. Radio 4’s “Making History” explores the history of site and future of its extraordinary finds.
Among the most sought after tickets for the London Games are those for the 100 metres men’s final. Twenty-four hours earlier it's the women's race, where Usain Bolt's team-mate Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce hopes to defend her Olympic title. BBC World Service caught up with the Jamaican sprinter.
Eleanor Oldroyd is back next Friday. The next BBC Olympic 2012 download will be presented by BBC Olympics Correspondent Gordon Farquhar on Tuesday 26th June.