Olympic Thursday, 29 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 and 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, 29 March 2012:

  • London Calling speaks to Luol Deng and Shanaze Reade
  • Liam Tancock on ballet and rock-climbing and his motivations for success in 2012
  • Paralympian coach Chantal Petitclerc on the “Plastic Brits” debate

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

BBC Radio 5 live: London Calling, 7.30-9.00pm

London Calling catches up with Luol Deng Britain’s first NBA all-star and Steve Parry speaks to BMX Olympic hopeful Shanaze Reade about how she came close to quitting the sport after her disappointment of crashing out at Beijing 2008.

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Liam Tancock – swimming (Text and video, audio/video available)

Two-time backstroke World Champion Liam Tancock tells BBC Sport how ballet, kick-boxing and rock-climbing will help him at this summer's Olympic Games. The 26-year-old from Devon also reveals he is motivated by “quick times and records” more than medals.

UK Sport’s Mission 2012

How is each of Britain’s Olympic sports doing in the final push towards the Games? The latest from BBC News and BBC Radio 5 live as funding body UK Sport reveals its final ‘traffic lights’ for every sport – green, amber or red – according to how well-prepared they are to deliver Olympic glory this summer.

Chantal Petitclerc – athletics (audio & video available)

The 14-time Paralympic gold medallist for Canada, now a coach to the British team, shares her view of the recent “Plastic Brits” debate with BBC Sport, arguing that any athlete wearing the GB uniform will be proud to represent the country and give everything they have to make that country stronger.

Nick Dempsey and Bryony Shaw (Text)

Reaction from Cadiz, in Spain, as Nick Dempsey and Bryony Shaw finish their windsurfing World Championship campaigns.

Rebecca Gallantree – diving (Text)

BBC Sport speaks to 27-year-old Rebecca Gallantree as she battles teenage team-mates for the one place available in her event at the Olympics. Plus, how she used an eight-year-old Tom Daley as a “guinea pig” for new dives.

Olympics 2012 podcast

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

Coming up on BBC One on Saturday a British Olympic Dreams & World Olympic Dreams double bill:

British Olympic Dreams, Saturday 31 March. 1.00-1.30pm

Ore Oduba and Sonali Shah present the latest on Team GB's preparations for London 2012. Long-distance swimmer David Davies, rower Helen Glover and hockey's Kate Walsh all feature in this episode, which includes reports from the Team GB base at Loughborough and from the official kit launch at the Tower of London.

World Olympic Dreams, Saturday 31 March, 1.30-2.00pm

Matthew Pinsent is in Rio de Janeiro, where he meets a boxer who still trains in the Rio favela where his father was gunned down and killed.

Elsewhere, India's five-time world boxing champion MC Mary Kom speaks about overcoming an unprivileged background and the emotions of fighting other women.

Plus, the young judo fighter who has become an inspiration to girls all over Brazil, the latest product of Australian swimming, and the village in Pakistan that has produced no less than 57 international hockey players.