Olympic Thursday, 15 March 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 and the BBC 2012 Olympic website.

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

  • Tim Brabants and his battle to defend his Olympic title
  • Richard Buck’s mystery donor
  • School Report at the Olympic Park
  • Edith Bowman and Labrinth try their hand at Archery

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

All available at BBC Sport Online


Tim Brabants – sprint canoe (Text and video on BBC Sport website, video/audio available for other outlets on request)

After two years back on the wards following his Beijing 2008 gold and bronze medals, Dr Brabants has returned to sprint canoeing for London 2012. BBC Sport looks at his battle to reach the Games and defend is Olympic title ahead of younger British rival Paul Wycherley.

Lucy Hall – triathlon (Text)

Britain’s triathletes are on top of the world, but the production line doesn’t stop with Helen Jenkins, Alistair Brownlee and younger brother Jonny. BBC Sport meets Lucy Hall, the 20-year-old who recorded her first senior victory on the international circuit last week, and who could be set to lead the next wave of GB triathletes to glory – if she can just steer clear of stray dogs.

Tina Cook – eventing (Text)

As the selection battle hots up within Britain’s eventing team, BBC Sport and BBC Radio 5 live spend time with Tina Cook, one of GB’s top riders, at this week’s Cheltenham Festival to assess the runners and riders for a berth at London 2012.

Richard Buck – athletics (Text)

Britain’s Richard Buck is given a £10,000 cheque to fund his training ahead of London 2012. But who sent it? BBC Sport speaks to the 400m runner to find out more about the mystery donor who saved his Olympic dream.

Olympics 2012 podcast (Audio)

The latest edition of our podcast bringing you the best Olympic sporting content from across the BBC.

Ian Thorpe – swimming (Text and social media)

BBC Sport builds up to a big night in Australia as Ian Thorpe, who has already admitted his bid to reach London 2012 seems doomed to failure, puts his Olympic dream on the line at his country’s national trials later that night.

Constantine Louloudis – rowing (Text)

Twenty-year-old Constantine Louloudis talks to BBC Sport after an impressive performance at last weekend’s national trials catapulted him into contention for a place at this summer’s Games.

BBC School Report

We’ll have the best from a future generation of Olympic sports reporters as the BBC’s School Reporters swing into action throughout Thursday, taking part in our broader campaign: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolreport. We will be live at the Olympic Park with schools representing every BBC national and regional newsroom, and students will be grilling Lord Coe at a press conference in the Copper Box.

Edith Bowman and Labrinth try their hand at Archery (Video and Audio)

Radio 1 DJ Edith Bowman and Labrinth have decided to prepare for the Olympics with one of the lesser-celebrated sports: archery. On Friday 16th March they will head up to an archery centre in London to get trained up by Team GB archer Lucy O’Sullivan.

They’ll be set the challenge of popping as many balloons as possible off the target… but there’s a twist! Each balloon contains an embarrassing question. The more balloons they pop, the more questions their opponent has to answer.

You can find out what happens during Edith’s show on BBC Radio 1, 7-10am on Sunday 18th March.