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Jaine Sykes Jaine Sykes | 11:51 UK time, Friday, 27 July 2012

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It's an exciting time here at BBC Three right now. That's because we're now broadcasting 24 hours a day every day during the Olympic Games!

To get us in the sporting mood, we caught up with our Olympics presenters Sonali Shah and Rishi Persad ahead of the Games to find out their Gold medal predictions for the next two weeks...

Sonali says...

Sonali Shah

Britain hosting an Olympic Games is once-in-a-lifetime stuff. If that isn't enough to get you excited, then you're a tough nut to crack. But I'll keep on chipping away. Just think about it for a moment - more than 10,000 athletes from over 200 countries are about to go into battle on British soil, having sacrificed and sweated so much to become Olympians.

The athletes I've got a close eye on tend to be those I've spent some time with. I'd love to see Shanaze Reade win a BMX gold after seeing her crash out in the final in Beijing. I've also got my fingers crossed for top sailor Ben Ainslie to win a 4th straight Olympic gold. And I think we all want to see Tom Daley win a diving medal.

The sport I'm most excited about watching is triathlon. You don't need a ticket for most of the Olympic course, so it's a great chance for those who won't get to see any other sport in person to be part of the Games. Britain has never won an Olympic triathlon medal, but Team GB goes into a home Games with both of the sport's world champions in Helen Jenkins and Alistair Brownlee. I'd certainly bet on a triathlete adding to Britain's gold medal tally.


Rishi says...

Rishi Persad

When I think back to the day in 2005 that Jacques Rogge announced London would host the Olympics I realise how much life has changed. Most significantly my dad was very excited for me that there may have been an opportunity to work at the Games. Sadly he passed away two years ago and I'll miss his unique assessment of my performance during the next couple of weeks.

But that's enough reflection. We should really be looking ahead to what's coming. I've picked out a couple of events and athletes I'm hoping could be successful for Great Britain. I've steered away from some of the obvious ones such as Mo Farah, Jess Ennis and Mark Cavendish.

On Saturday, the Badminton begins at Wembley Arena and I think there's a chance of a gold medal in the mixed doubles, courtesy of Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier. They got to the final of the World Championships at the same venue in 2011 and are getting better all the time having only joined forces two years ago.

I'll be at Greenwich Park for the final two days of Eventing where Great Britain has selected a powerful team led by world number one William Fox-Pitt and including the Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips and the always smiling 51-year-old Mary King appearing at her sixth Olympics.

Their preparation is almost complete, mine is still continuing. There's lots of information I need to install into my tiny brain and there are lots of other little bits and pieces to do, such as sort out my clothes and I definitely need a haircut. I'll hopefully be able to chat to some of you during the Games (using the hashtag #bbcthree2012) and I hope you all enjoy it as much as we want you to!


Olympics coverage begins on BBC Three from Saturday 28 July at 8.30am. Never miss a moment of London 2012 with BBC Sport's interactive video player, where you can watch up to 24 HD live streams.



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