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02/08/2012

Duration:
2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 02 August 2012

Chris is live from the heart of the London 2012 Olympic Park. The Olympic extravaganza continues with exclusive athlete interviews, live music from our Bandstand Grandstand and famous faces are put through their paces.

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    With With Rabbi Maurice Michaels, Olympic Chaplain for London 2012.

    There’s lots of talk about expectations and whether we’ve won as many medals as expected. Every athlete comes to the Olympics with expectations. Not necessarily expecting to win a gold medal. Any medal would be wonderful for the vast majority and most know that the best they can expect is to achieve their own personal best. These are realistic expectations. That’s not to say that athletes don’t have dreams that they can achieve more: that the Olympics atmosphere, roar of the crowd, some magical moment will combine to create the performance of a lifetime. It’s an aspiration that everyone should have. We can all fantasise, so long as we know in our heart the reality.

    When I was appointed a chaplain at the Games, people wanted to know what I was going to be doing. I didn’t really know what to expect, so had fantasised about a range of possible scenarios, most of which I wasn’t up to dealing with, so it was with trepidation that I arrived at the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy area on my first day to meet my colleagues and receive instructions.

    Meeting and greeting people, helping with queries and leading Services are key elements of the work and far more realistic than the expectations I’d originally had, so I’m not at all disappointed that the fantasies didn’t become reality. But what happens when we don’t meet our realistic expectations? Many athletes are having to come to terms with that. They can be terribly upset, but my hope is that they will accept the challenge of doing better next time.

    There is one area in which my expectations are high: the legacy of the Games, what happens afterwards. I’ve lived almost the whole of my life in east London so I’m looking forward to seeing the Athletes’ Village develop into new homes and new communities. I want to experience the regeneration of an area I’d seen deteriorate over many decades. These aspirations are no fantasy, they’re realistic and achievable

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