Olympic Thursday, 22 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.

  • Team GB kit launch
  • Superhuman: endurance sport special on 5 live
  • Hockey Thursday Special with Kate Walsh & the Dutch Hockey team

This week, as hockey’s 2015 European Championships are awarded to London and the Olympic Park, #olympicthursday from BBC Sport becomes ‘Hockey Thursday’:

Kate Walsh (Text and video)

A succession of football and cricket captains have come and gone in the nine years Kate Walsh, 31, has led the English and British women’s hockey teams. BBC Sport profiles her journey: from taking the armband in 2003 as GB failed to even qualify for Athens 2004, through to leading one of the world’s finest hockey teams in 2012, and all the physical and mental anguish in between. Plus access to Kate’s own video archive of a year with her British team-mates.

GB can win gold, say Dutch team (Text)

One of Walsh’s opposite numbers, the captain of the world number one Dutch hockey team, tells BBC Sport that GB can win hockey gold at the Olympics this summer. But Maartje Paumen adds: “London is not far from home in the Netherlands, so I’m sure there will be lots of orange in the crowd too…”

Dribbling the marathon (Text)

BBC Sport speaks to two members of the British hockey team’s coaching staff, each intent on dribbling a hockey ball around this year’s London Marathon. How do you practice for that unique challenge, what do the team think, how will they cope with the backache, and what happens if they lose a ball?

Also this week…

Chrissie Wellington – triathlon

BBC Sport speaks to the four-time Ironman world champion. Why did she give up on her ambition to become an Olympic triathlon star in favour of the longer-distance race? Text, audio available

Team GB kit launch

All the latest from Thursday’s launch of the Team GB kit for the London 2012 Olympics, brought to you by BBC Radio 5 live, BBC 2012 and BBC Sport. Text, video, social media.

BBC Radio 5 live’s Victoria Derbyshire will broadcast live from the Team GB kit launch, 10am-12pm.

With special guests, Stella McCartney and Phillips Idowu, with Gail Emms as our guest between 10-10.30am, and Christine Ohuruogu, Ellie Simmonds and William Sharman between 11am-12pm.

Listen again on the 5 live website

5 live Sport, BBC Radio 5 live, 8.30-10pm: Superhuman

James Cracknell hosts an endurance sport special and hears from world champion triathlete Alistair Brownlee live from Leeds as he continues his recovery from injury and from rower-turned-cyclist-turned-triathlete Rebecca Romero.

Olympics 2012 podcast

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