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The Beijing Games on the BBC
Nicky Campbell

The 2008 Beijing Olympics and Paralympics on the BBC

BBC Radio team Olympic impressions

Nicky Campbell


Nicky Campbell co-presents the Breakfast show on BBC Radio 5 Live each weekday from 6.00 to 9.00am with Shelagh Fogarty.


Nicky joined 5 Live in October 1997, after 10 years on the drivetime and afternoon shows at Radio 1, to present the morning phone-in programme, and moved to Breakfast in January 2003.


Nicky has won four Sony Awards, including a Gold in 2002 for the 5 Live Breakfast programme's coverage of the 9/11 attack on New York, and was voted Variety Club of Great Britain Radio Personality of the Year in 1999.


As a TV presenter he has, over the years, worked on projects including Wheel Of Fortune, Top Of The Pops and Panorama, and he currently fronts Watchdog on BBC One.


"For me the Olympics represents that I'm a really lucky person.


"I was working for 5 Live in Sydney and Athens and love the whole Olympic experience.


"Each is very different and I try to help listeners to get a flavour of the city and the events.


"Looking back at past Olympics, I'll never forget the rowing finals last time at Lake Schinias.


"The GB four won on a photo finish. I was lakeside with the familes of the team – and live on air we linked Matthew Pinsent and co with their injured teammate Alex Partridge who was back in the studio.


"They' d named the boat after him and they were all in tears as they talked to each other on 5 Live.


"Thinking of Beijing, I'm fascinated to see how the Chinese respond to the attention of the world via the Games. What will they make of the scrutiny – and how will they react if things don't go according to plan?


"I think the significance of the Games being held in Beijing is that it's China's coming out party.


"From being a place most of us know little about and haven't seen much of … they are going to have to throw the doors open, for a couple of weeks at least.


"The question is whether the doors slam shut again when the Games end.


"With regard to the actual events themselves, it'd be great if Alex Partridge could win this time and it'd be nice if Paula Radcliffe could finish a race, unlike last time.


"As far as British glory goes, I just hope it won't be glorious failure...


"Looking ahead to 2012, it'll cost a fortune to buy tickets for my four daughters who'll want to be there.


"When London won the Games I had what my editor described as my 'Meg Ryan moment' on air. I was in Trafalgar Square and just kept yelling 'Oh yes!'


"For Team GB and for the city itself, it'll be the culmination of years of soul-searching over the money, rows over the lack of quality of our athletes, fears about the weather and general paranoia about the transportation.


"But it'll be fab, won't it?


"And will we be cheering on a GB football team – and if so how many Scots will be in it?"








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