Stories of the Olympic Games: Swimming

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Episode 4 of 4

Duration: 1 hour

This series telling the history of the Olympics takes to the water to explore how swimmers have swum faster and faster to win gold.

From its earliest beginnings in chilly waterways open to the elements, the Olympic swimming competition has driven the development of technique in all the four strokes.

Faster, Higher, Stronger reveals how the front crawl first evolved in Australia after a Solomon Islander introduced the stroke from the rough seas of the Pacific. How the butterfly grew out of the breaststroke, but only after swimmers began swimming the older, more sedate stroke with a double over-arm action to go faster.

Combining cutting-edge filming techniques to analyse performance, period reconstruction and unique archive footage from the very earliest Olympics onwards, the programme includes interviews with great Olympic champions such as Mark Spitz, Dawn Fraser and Ian Thorpe, as well as contributions from British medal winners Sharron Davies, David Wilkie and Adrian Moorhouse.

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Credits

Narrator
Adrian Lester
Narrator
Adrian Lester
Series Producer
Alastair Laurence
Series Producer
Alastair Laurence
Director
Matt Pelly
Director
Matt Pelly
Producer
Matt Pelly
Producer
Matt Pelly

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Hall of Fame

Sebastian Coe

Olympians who pushed the limits of human endeavour to go Faster, Higher, Stronger.

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