Olympic Thursday, 2 February 2012

Category: Sport
Every Thursday in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympic Games the BBC will be broadcasting and publishing a series of Olympic-related stories/interviews/clips/blogs through BBC Sport Online, BBC Radio 5 live’s ‘London Calling’ and the BBC 2012 Olympic website. You can find details on Twitter by following #olympicthursday and @BBC2012.

Keri-Anne Payne (text & video)

BBC Sport’s Nick Hope on a weekend atop a mountain with open-water swimming’s world number one, Keri-Anne Payne.

Keri-Anne hopes the distraction of her own wedding can help her win Olympic gold in 2012. The Beijing silver medallist is one of GB's big medal hopes in the pool and fast becoming one of the faces of the London Games. As the pressure builds, she hopes she can stay on course for success by planning her marriage to fellow swimmer David Carry.

You can hear more from Keri-Anne Payne this Saturday, 1pm on BBC One, as British Olympic Dreams visits the swimmer in altitude training in Sierra Nevada, Spain.

Have your say on whether you think Keri-Anne Payne can add an Olympic gold medal to her collection by adding #Olympicthursday to your tweets

The Chaser

Who is The Chaser? He’s the star of CBBC’s brand new series Ultimate Sports Day, tracking down contestants over a 150m distance. But he’s also Stig-like in his anonymity. BBC Sport can reveal he has an Olympic pedigree, but no more than that. This clip from episode three of Ultimate Sports Day, to be broadcast at 0900 GMT on BBC Two this Saturday, 11 February, gives us a good look at The Chaser. Can you tell who it is?

Clip available at www.bbc.co.uk/sport

Lose? What do you mean, lose?

Having spent the last #olympicthursday at the yard of paradressage star Lee Pearson, BBC Sport looks at the only Britons who can claim to be unbeaten in all major international events since their sport’s introduction to the Paralympics in 1996.

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