Olympic Thursday, 16 February 2012

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 and the BBC 2012 Olympic website.

You can find details on Twitter by following #olympicthursday and @BBC2012.

Olympic Thursday, 16 February 2012:

  • Victoria Pendleton and her London 2012 nightmares
  • Jess Ennis and her schoolday bleep tests
  • Wrestling's Kurt Angle
  • Phillips Idowu's hair choice for 2012
  • British Fencing

Please ensure any use of BBC content credits the relevant programme as outlined below.

Victoria Pendleton and the Track Cycling World Cup (text and video)

As world-class track cycling arrives in London’s Olympic Velodrome for the first time, #olympicthursday comes from the centre of the Olympic track while BBC Sport and BBC Radio 5 live profile leading British star Victoria Pendleton. Is she still plagued by nightmares about London 2012? Are ‘dark forces’ still at work? And is the London Olympics the last we will see of her on the track?

bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/17046058

Jessica Ennis speaks to BBC School Report (text and video)

BBC School Reporters Stefen and Maisie interview the heptathlon superstar about her preparations for the Olympics, and the sacrifices she made growing up so she could achieve her dreams. Plus, how good was she at the bleep test when at school? And will our reporters accept her challenge in a sit-up contest?

bbc.co.uk/schoolreport/17051561

Kurt Angle (text and video)

BBC Sport reveals the salutary lesson offered to Britain’s Olympic hopefuls by the 1996 wrestling gold medallist and pro wrestling superstar, as he returns to amateur sport for a shot at the London Games.

bbc.co.uk/sport/0/wrestling/17033499

Phillips Idowu’s hair (video)

Phillips Idowu is one of Britain's most recognisable athletes as a World and European champion, but the triple jumper is also well known for his striking dyed hair.

Pink, blue and red have all featured in the past, but what colour will it be when he takes to the track at London 2012? BBC chief sports writer Tom Fordyce attempts to find out

bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/16956012

Flying fencers in Olympic qualifying scramble (text)

BBC Sport meets British fencers in Doha, Qatar, battling to earn vital Olympic qualifying points as they fight to prove their worth and get nominated for the Games. It’s the latest in a frantic non-stop world tour for the British fencing team in the weeks to come. Includes 39-year-old mother-of-two Georgina Usher, up against students half her age for a place at London 2012 as an epee fencer.

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