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Entries on the BBC Olympics blog and 606

Martin Gough | 15:32 UK time, Friday, 29 May 2009


Before my own blog was launched, I contributed to the BBC Olympics blog and the 606 website. Here are some of those entries:

Rowers give early 2012 hint
London 2012 is still more than three years away but Great Britain's rowing squad announcement on Wednesday is likely to give a strong indication of who the big names will be for the next Olympics.

Grainger begins new Olympic rowing epic
It was one of the enduring sights of the 2008 Olympics: Katherine Grainger, who had just become the first British woman in any sport to have won medals at three successive Games, distraught and crying her eyes out on the podium. And it now promises to be one of the stories of London 2012 as Grainger has decided to keep on training until the age of 36 in the hope of finally winning gold.

Seconds out for Olympic scullers
On 7 December, heavyweight champion of the world Olaf Tufte puts his reputation on the line in the home of his arch-rival Mahe Drysdale in what looks like being an epic contest.

Olympic rowers back in action
On Thursday I got a chance to speak to two Olympic rowers, one with his sights firmly set on the future and one with an immediate job to do.

What now for Olympic rowers?
Andy Hodge has a neat way of summing his next mission up. "It's all about building on this," he says pointing to his pocket. In it is his first Olympic gold medal.

GB rowers do it their way
The training needed in pursuit of an Olympic rowing gold is brutal but one group have approached it with grins on their faces, and they may just have produced the viral hit of the 2008 Games along the way.

Campbell provides rowing's missing link
Alan Campbell's nickname may be "Monkey" but that has more to do with his physique than a reference to the missing link he provides to what I reckon is the most exciting period in rowing's history.

Olympic rowers still face big questions
The biggest news from the announcement of Great Britain's rowing squad for the Olympics was that there was no news. So instead there were questions. Will Kath Grainger - at her third Games - become one of the first British women rowers to win gold? How will the men's coxless four fare after an injury-hit season? Are Great Britain on course for their target of four Olympic medals? And just which boat is Britain's best bet for gold?

Look past the four in Lucerne
Great Britain's top men's crew, the coxless four, is in turmoil, but then what did you expect in Olympic year? And why are we still focusing on the four when there are as many as nine crews in contention for gold in Beijing?

Rowing steps out of two sizeable shadows
Great Britain's top crews train daily at the Redgrave and Pinsent Rowing Lake - a suitable indication of the influence Sir Stephen and Sir Matthew have had on the sport. Many of those who gathered for the announcement of the crews forming the basis of this year's assault on Beijing, took up the sport after being inspired by the duo.

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