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The Beijing Games on the BBC
Adrian Chiles

The 2008 Beijing Olympics and Paralympics on the BBC

BBC TV team Olympic impressions

Adrian Chiles


Adrian is one of the BBC's most versatile and admired presenters, and is famously football-mad – in particular about West Brom.


Adrian joined the BBC originally for three weeks' work experience and by 1993 was presenting Radio 4's Financial World Tonight.


In 1994 he started presenting Wake Up To Money on the relaunched Radio 5 Live.


His 5 Live show Chiles On Saturday won the Sports Category Gold in the Sony Radio Awards in 2002.


He is a presenter on Working Lunch on BBC Two on weekdays and presents Match Of The Day 2 on BBC Two on Sunday evenings.


A football dream came true for Birmingham-born Adrian in 2006 when he worked on the World Cup for the first time, presenting the BBC's nightly highlights programme.


Adrian has also written and presented a number of other programmes for the BBC. These include So What Do You Do All Day? – a look at the lives of some of Britain's highest

profile figures – and, most recently, the daily magazine programme The One Show.


"For me, I think the Olympics represents the apotheosis of all the usual stuff about sport: the dedication, the glory, the disappointment, the tension, the joy, the despair …


"But it's also the chance to learn about different sports and become passionate about them in a very short space of time.


"Also, brilliant though they are, the competitors often are purely athletes, not celebrities. And that makes it so much more special.


"My favourite Olympic memories are the stuff I saw as a kid: Ovett, Coe, Thompson, Foster etc. It was so magical.


"Also the moments of sheer drama; I remember Olga Korbut falling off the beam and crying. I was absolutely captivated. I remember my Dad saying she'd be sent to Siberia as a punishment and I didn' t know whether he was joking.


"I really can't wait for Beijing. I just have no preconceptions, which is fascinating. I've been to Hong Kong and Macau but doubt that's much preparation for Beijing.


"Once there, I'm really looking forward to seeing the cycling, table tennis, badminton, athletics and weightlifting.


"As far as British hopes go, Tom Daley seems to have some pretty unstoppable momentum.


"Looking ahead to 2012, assuming it's a massive success, which I think it will be, London, and the UK as a whole, will have a new-found sense of itself.


"I sense all athletes work as hard as they possibly can, but the added incentive of competing on home soil will surely give them a little extra."








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