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The Beijing Games on the BBC
Gabby Logan

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Gabby Logan


Gabby Logan joined the BBC in January 2007. She presents Inside Sport on BBC One, and The Gabby Logan Show on Sunday mornings on BBC Radio 5 Live, covering news, current affairs and entertainment.


A former international gymnast, Gabby began her broadcasting career in 1992 for radio and joined Sky Sports in 1996. She quickly established herself as a football presenter, joining ITV in 1998. In her nine years at ITV, Gabby's repertoire of sports expanded to include the World Cup, Champions League and the Premiership.


In 2004 she co-hosted Sport Relief with Gary Lineker for the BBC.


She is a key member of the BBC Sport presenting team with Wimbledon, Match Of The Day and Six Nations rugby among her credits.


Gabby is a columnist for the Times and has previously written for the Sunday Mirror, Independent and Yorkshire Post.


"For me, first and foremost the Olympics is about the sport, the athletes, the realisation of their dreams. With the exception perhaps of boxing, where the competitors often turn professional afterwards, it's the pinnacle of sport.


"When I was a gymnast it was my dream – I tried and I didn't make it and I understand how much it means for the athletes involved to be there.


"My first memories are of Moscow; I was seven years old. I remember Alan Wells's gold medal very well and the incredible efforts of Sebastian Coe. Then in 1984 it was the first time that my sport, rhythmic gymnastics, was represented, I was addicted to the screen and recorded every minute of the gymnastics which I played back again and again.


"I also followed Zola Budd with interest that year and love Daley Thompson. LA 1984 was the Olympics which inspired me to put more time and effort into my sport; one of my team mates from Leeds, Lorraine Priest, represented GB and I was so inspired by her.


"I was in Beijing in February and I loved it. I have always been obsessed by China, and I am so excited about going back in August, although I think it may be slightly less play and even more work then.


"Thinking about the significance of the Games being held in Beijing, I think this is a question which needs an essay for an answer. I think that the Games being held there is hugely significant not just for the people of China but for our understanding of the country.


"I hope that by opening its doors to the world China will start to fall in line with the basic human rights we expect from a country with such a huge impact on the economies of the world.


"Getting down to specifics, I'm really looking forward to seeing Tom Daley in the diving; Kelly Sotherton in the heptathlon; any of the gymnastics!; Paula Radcliffe in the marathon; and the three-day eventing. I think Kelly has a real chance of the gold in the absence of Carolina Kluft.


"I think London 2012 is an enormous opportunity for this country and I am so excited that the city I live in is hosting the Olympic Games.


"My children will be seven, the same age I was when I was first aware of the Olympics, and I can't wait to take them to see a different sport every day.


"I hope that Londoners will really get behind the Games and feel the benefit of having such a global event on our doorstep.


"As for Team GB, this is a massive opportunity for all the athletes involved and traditionally the nation hosting the Games tend to overachieve in the medal table; I hope it's the same for us!"








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