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GB bob stars undaunted by challenges

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Eleanor Oldroyd Eleanor Oldroyd | 23:41 UK time, Sunday, 21 February 2010

I've managed to find some interesting locations for the interviews I've done for 5 live's Winter Olympics coverage.

Near the Big Brother house for Torvill and Dean. In a café slap bang in the centre of Whistler for Chemmy Alcott. And just the other day, we had a British gold medallist sitting on our sofa - Amy Williams popped in to talk to 5 live Sport's Mark Pougatch down the line from the house I'm sharing with BBC TV's Clare Balding.

And for World Champions Nicola Minichiello and Gillian Cooke, Team GB's great hopes in the women's bobsleigh?

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It's a family affair for GB's Chemmy Alcott

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Eleanor Oldroyd Eleanor Oldroyd | 01:27 UK time, Wednesday, 17 February 2010

So what do you do if you're on a skiing trip and the weather's too bad to get onto the slopes?

Well, you sit around in a nice café in the resort and chill out over a coffee or two. Even if you're Britain's top skier, Chemmy Alcott.

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No comeback regrets for Torvill and Dean

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Eleanor Oldroyd Eleanor Oldroyd | 21:14 UK time, Wednesday, 10 February 2010

In all my years of going to interview sportspeople, I've never had a set of directions like these.

"Walk up the road and turn left at the Big Brother House. You'll see Bobby Davro's cabin on the right, and the entrance is just ahead of you."

The venue is Elstree studios, home to ITV's Dancing on Ice. The sports stars in question are the one and only pair of Torvill and Dean.

I'd gone to talk to them about their glorious career, of course, but also about the only serious blip on their otherwise stellar record.

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