I am thrilled to be hosting this special edition of Superstars; we have an incredible line up of Olympic heroes. What an opportunity for them to compete against each other across a range of diverse physical challenges."Gabby Logan
Sixteen of London 2012’s British Olympic heroes (eight men, eight women) will compete against their Team GB teammates in a dramatic and thrilling competition, as they vie to be crowned the two best all-round Superstars. The athletes’ versatility and determination will be pushed to the maximum as they participate in eight different disciplines - on the track in the 100 metres and 800 metres, on the field in the javelin, in the pool in a 50 metre swim and testing their archery skills. The sporting contestants will tackle a kayak race and use their cycling skills in a hill climb. Their efforts will culminate in a grand finale featuring the classic Superstars event – the gym tests.
The athletes taking part in the 90-minute television special are:
- Alistair Brownlee, Olympic gold winner, Triathlon
- Jonathan Brownlee, Olympic bronze winner, Triathlon
- Mo Farah, Olympic double gold champion for 5,000 and 10,000 metres
- Robbie Grabarz, Olympic bronze medal winner, High Jump
- Michael Jamieson, Olympic silver medallist in 200 metres breast stroke
- Anthony Joshua, Olympic gold winner, Boxing (Super Heavy weight)
- Andrew Triggs Hodge, Olympic gold winner, Rowing (Coxless Four)
- Peter Wilson, Olympic gold winner, Shooting (Double Trap)
- Nicola Adams, Olympic gold medal winner, Boxing
- Lizzie Armitstead, Olympic silver medal winner, Cycling (Road Race)
- Laura Bechtolsheimer, Olympic gold and bronze medal winner, Dressage
- Gemma Gibbons, Olympic silver medallist, Judo
- Helen Glover, Olympic gold medal winner, women’s coxless pair
- Katherine Grainger, Olympic gold winner, Double Sculls
- Jade Jones, Olympic gold winner, Taekwondo
- Christine Ohuruogu, Olympic silver medal winner, 400 metres
In addition, London 2012 bronze medallist swimmer Rebecca Adlington will also act as a mentor to all the athletes in the swimming event. She’ll be providing useful tips and guidance on technique, as well as of course encouragement to her Team GB teammates.
Superstars 2012 will be hosted by Gabby Logan, who - fresh from her success as one of the faces of the BBC’s London 2012 coverage - will oversee the proceedings. Gabby will be following in her father’s footsteps, as her dad, former professional footballer Terry Yorath, also featured on Superstars during the 1970s. She’ll be joined by former Olympians Denise Lewis and Iwan Thomas as pundits, providing their own unique spin on the action. The Superstars 2012 games will be shot in front of an eager crowd at the University of Bath, which boasts state-of-the-art sporting facilities. The grand finale will see the competitors battle in the historic setting of the city’s Assembly Rooms.
Gabby Logan says: “I am thrilled to be hosting this special edition of Superstars; we have an incredible line up of Olympic heroes. What an opportunity for them to compete against each other across a range of diverse physical challenges. My dad was on Superstars back in the late 70s and as a kid it was one of my favourite shows.”
Superstars 2012 is being produced for the BBC by IMG Media, part of IMG Worldwide. The Producer for IMG is Kate Robinson. The Executives Producers are Mirella Breda, Executive Editor Entertainment Commissioning for the BBC, Bob Massie for Massive TV and Rick Thomas for IMG.
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