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The Olympics, the greatest show on earth. A sporting carnival of
athleticism and produce wes, Extravaganza of passion. Invented
by the ainshents and sent on mount Olympus, to offer the King of the
Gods. Now at last in its true spiritual home. Stratford, East
London. Join us as we tell the story of the glory that is the
Olympic Games. Tingeel down the spine. Even now it makes you go wow.
The story of the greatest athletes on the earth. He was like a living,
breathing action man. And the odd crazy priest. The most compelling
events ever invented. And jumping over fences. The fitest human
beings in the world. It was just unreal. She was like a machine!
some slightly out of breath ones. Yes coming soon to a television
screen near you, the Olympics minutes, 50 most amazing moments,
welcome to our choice of the very - offer. Let's get under way,
Lieutenant Columbo on the TV Osmonds top of the charts and half
the male population look like geography teachers. It is 1972. In
muepnich it is the mens basketball final, against the USSR. It was
pride at stake and USA had never been beaten. It is like Germany and
England in football. Negotation Russia there was a war brewing,
Russia there was a war brewing, likes the most extreme rivalry.
COMMENTATOR: This could be the winning shot, such pressure on a
young man. COMMENTATOR: Three seconds left of play, and the
United States kept their record. The Yanks won another medal. Let's
all celebrate with a corn dog. COMMENTATOR: The most fantastic
ball finish in the Olympics. Hong on a second. You have officials
making the signal, three on their hands. That's because the USSR
signalled for a time out and it was given eventually. We talked to the
Refs, we like more time please, I will punch you in the head if you
don't give me more time. COMMENTATOR: The rev said three
seconds left to play. What can you do in three seconds. You knew...
Once they've reset the clock again. That the Russians were going to
score. COMMENTATOR: I do not believe it. The Soviet Union scored
and won! COMMENTATOR: Can you believe it is possible. Holy
Kremlin. To lose to the old enemy and in such a controversial fashion
it was major, major scandal. They would have beared it a little bit
more, if it was to any other country, but to the USSR no way.
was the first time the USSR hadn't won the gold medal until basketball
was introduced to the Olympics in was introduced to the Olympics in
1976t shows every second counts. When you think of the countries
that have produced the Olympics fastest men, you think of America.
And Jamaica. But mainly America. As the Games head today Moscow in
19 80 the world was in shock as the USSR along with 65 other nations
forced the athletes to boycott the limbs, because of the invasion in
Afghanistan. It was a dark side. But at least it meant fast
Americans weren't going to be there, and us Brits may have a chance of
winning something. 1980 Olympics were interesting, because the
Americans boycotted it. And they're all traditionally very good for
sprint events. All the Americans and car a beans, none were there.
It was a great expectation. Scotsman, Alan Wells paleest
sprinter, was in with a chance. Before you may say no, he may
scrape fourth or fifth, and all of a sudden there was someone who can
get a medal We were introduced to his shy and retiring wife, Margot
who was in the stands. It appears he is cheered on or married to,
mental. It was perfect, he won the gold. Wells had done it, scareed on
by wife Margot. COMMENTATOR: Alan Wells goes along with the all time
greats. It was the first time a Brit had won the 1 Park Si-Hun
metre final since 1924. Unbelieveable I got a gold medal,
in an event I had less chance in. He is still an Olympic champion,
for a man from Scotland to win the final that's good going. It is his
name on the record books, but he's got it and he's done and deserves
it. He was this incredible diver who won in 198. He was out-and-out
one of the best divers in the world. Yes he was good as he gets. He lost
his head. He misjublged it, and banged his head on the board.
That's got to hurt. This kid's face says it all. Greg Louganis could
not survive, the Olympics was over! Not really. He doesn't do dying, he
does diving and incredibly, he and his sore head went to achieve
Olympic glory Could days later with stitches he wins the gold medal.
How hard core is that. Is there any other athlete who
could come back so quickly from such an injury and win a gold medal.
He is ironman. If I stubed my toe there, I was never there again.
Greg Louganis and head and shoulders above the rest. 1984
Olympic Games, American style. of the free, home of the brave, and
in 1984 host of the greatest ceremony ever seen. A warm welcome
from the citizens of California marked a huge scale of opening
ceremonies, there was dancing girls, a rocket man and dancing pianos.
Rocket man had nothing to do with Olympics at all, it was something
amazingly cool. Just comes out of nowhere and plys around for a bit
and that's him done. He wasn't carrying a bat done or relay, he
was a rocket man on his own. What about a hand holding sing along
with this lady. # We can change things
# If we start giving # Why don't you #
They cut to Paris, French people holding hands. Wind mill in
Rotterdam, holding hands and there was us, in kilts, we might as well
as been eating leaks. If you thought the Opening Ceremony was
dramatic the Closing Ceremony was out of this world. The Closing
Ceremony was a sci-fi spectacular. The love child of Frankenstein in a
stormtrooper had a message for the watching world. I have come a long
way, because I like what I've seen. It wouldn't surprise me if people
watched that and said, the aliens have landed. Hey, babe, you want to
come in here, you never guess what's turned up at the Closing
Ceremony. I salute you. The show that kept on giving. How do you top
that all off, Lionel Richie. # All night long #
. Music Martians and monumental madness, how future games compete.
We have more coming up. When I'm not filming here, I use this place
as a retirement home for old Olympians, it takes a lot of upkeep
but you should think about it. retirement home for golden oldies.
Or silver or bronze. It is not about the winning, it is about the
taking part. Kelly, show me that bronze again you won in Athens. But
Dean, you didn't win that did you. When I sat on the start line for
the Olympics in '92, I was unemployment carpenter, married and
two kids, no money. Chris Boardman was Britain's great hope. In the
four case cycling race, he would need belief for gold. If there was
a gold medal for modesty, he was the man. I didn't believe me,
because that happens to other people, people you see on
television. In the final he was up It was an exhilarating moment for
Britain. But Chris had his wheels firmly on the ground. A lot of
athlete manage to get excited, I used to get scared.
COMMENTATOR: Chris Boardman has Lehmann in his sights. He laughed
him en route to gold. He was unstoppable.
He doesn't just catch him, he overtakes him and on the line he is
ahead. Completely incondeefable. Chris Boardman is going to take the
gold medal to be the Olympic champion. To be last on a velodrome
is unheard of. And how much of a beast he was, and had the guts to
say, I'm not going to win this, I'm going to catch him up and overtake
him. One of the greatest performances I've ever seen...
Chris Boardman is the Olympic champion, what a fantastic displace.
He remained the unflapable modesty. I was aware, but emotionally, not
the euphoria I was expecting. I'm always a glass half sort of person.
Chris Boardman cycling super hero, not that he would let it go to his
head. All American hero, sprint superstar but Olympic inspiration.
In 1988 selves diagnosed with graves disease, a thyroid problem,
that can lead to strokes, and blindness. After receiving
radiation treatment, she was told she was lucky to survive. She could
have lost her feet, she came back, not only fighting the disease but
got herself back to Olympic level fitness. In 1929, 19 months after
unable to stand up. She was back on the starting line for the hundred
metres final. You think an athlete who almost
lost their feet would never come back to the sport. But she had a
fighting spirit in her, who could realistically win a medal. It was
amazing. She overcomes this incredible,
almost terminal illness, comes back to the Olympics and wins a gold
medal. It is a great moment in sport. Deeverdeeverdeever, a
champion and one of life's survivors. Next we have the story
of a man who wasn't satisfied with being the best at one discipline,
he want to be the best at ten. It is known as the toughest event of
them all the decathlon, ten disciplines, each of them more
demanding, challenging and harder than the one that came before. Yes,
thank you Dean. This isn't about you. This is about the other fella,
the one with the moustache. COMMENTATOR: The crowd already
abroading the greatest all-round athlete in the world. At the 1980
Games Daley Thompson stormed to gold in the decathlon. COMMENTATOR:
Thompson the Olympic champion. An icon was born, inspiring our
children in facial hair habits. It was in LA four years later the man
with the tash, that made Hulk Hogan look like a schoolgirl cemented him
on the books. But could his performance match his personality
and allow him to win a second gold and become a legend? Yes!
He's rock n' roll. He was like a living, breathing action man.
Swiss army athleteings he could do everything, he's amazing. Daley
Thompson was a rock star, he was my hero, every boy in the '80s, loved
him. COMMENTATOR: World champion and twice Olympics champion.
There's no-one in the world who can match that record. He didn't making
history and giving the nation one of the greatest Olympic moments,
winning not only the second gold but smashing the world record.
was a great performance, showcaseing the full strength and
agility. Dave could do nothing but make headlines. Whether it was on
the track or podium, whisling the National Anthem, rather than
singing it. He is doing complex harm any. That's his rebellious
side. There's no denying or anyone like Daley Thompson. He was the
best we had, and greatest Olympian ever. He is still rock n' roll,
I've been flat tyre events and he rocks up in a track suit, and
thinks what is he doing, but you know what, he is Daley Thompson, he
The triple jump. One of the select Olympic sports that Britain chooses
to exsell at. Edwards left a marker in the sand when he took the gold
in Sydney in 2000, but in 20004, all eyes were on Phillips Idowu.
He's the only guy he's taken to sport and I thought wow, who is
this player. But it didn't go to plan. COMMENTATOR: He has a red
flag. He is a great athlete who wins medals, on this day, awful.
Everyone can freeze up just before that big moment, I'm sure there's
many men when the big moment is about to happen and he can't rise
to the challenge. We can forgive a single mistake, but two is taking
the Mickey. COMMENTATOR: Now he is in real trouble. He was training
for years, how are you getting this wrong, time after time. He had one
more chance to get it right. COMMENTATOR: Phillips Idowu is out
of the Olympics. Having a complete mayor in front of the stadium, let
alone the rest of the world, it must be pretty difficult to take.
COMMENTATOR: Where do you go from here? Home.
It was more than a bad hair day in Athens, but four years later, he
picked up a silver and maintained So just how will he fare in London
and how will he be styling his hair. When he get the juch and nails it,
he is unbeatable. 2012, he's going to get gold. Don't let us down big
guy. For all the glory of the Olympics, sometimes there are
athletes who do their best, but their best isn't good enough.
can have bucket-loads of determination, but without talent
you're never going to climb on the medal podium. For those athletes,
they may as well have stayed at home. Do you mean Eddie the Eagle.
I mean Eric the eel. Here's ski jumper Eddie in his prime. We love
an underdog. People trying their best but never winning anything.
But in Sydney Aquatic Centre, we were introduced an underdog, who
blew Eddie the Eagle out of the water.
After his two competitors got disqualified for false starts,
extorl Guinea, swimmer found himself the sole swimmer. He only
learnt to swim eighth months before and never got his trunks left in an
Olympic size pool. Eric the Eel was a man, who, essentially could
barely swim. All was going OK, but then someone told him he had to go
back again. First length he gets through it, but on the way back the
guy's knack kered. He is racing no- one, and yet still he almost didn't
finish it. COMMENTATOR: This guy doesn't look like he's going to
make it. I was on the side and I thought I would have to go in and
get him. Slowly and surely the Aussies started getting behind him.
I'm not sure he will make it, this is the Olympics, he has 17,000
people shouting for him. There's a bit at the end, saying please make
it. Let not have the lifeguard in to save you. Jung-Il Byun wins the
stroke. He underdoggyed himself in the slowest time. I'm feeling good.
I am happy. The swimming pool facilities must be very poor. But
you think maybe if there isn't a pool, take advantage of the
hundreds of miles of coastline. the next few years, Eric was keen
to show the world the eel was the real deal but the Government
wouldn't grant him a visa to travel to Athens, four years later. What
do they know. It was one of those things that makes the Olympics
special. Roger Kingdom had a dream. Gabrielle had a dream and I have a
strange recurring dream involving lots of little rabbits.
But at the 1929 Olympics it was a Dream Team that stole the show,
with the USSR basketball db United States basketball team. They were a
team of superstars. These guys were the best players on the planet.
Magic Johnson, Charles Berkeley. Micheal Jordan.
And you had at least another five, huge names in the States. That kind
of team if you assembleed it on a PlayStation, or XBox you would
think you were chaegt. For the first time stars from the NBA were
allowed to compete at the Olympics. Imagine bars clonea 14 played in
the Scottish League, that's how superior they were.
COMMENTATOR: This is exhibition stuff, early on by the United
States. It was the sporting equivalent of Paris Hilton taking
on Stephen Hawking in a Mensa test and the results were inevitable.
COMMENTATOR: United States toying. They an my late everyone. It was
pretty much like the Harlem globe troters every game, they were
It would be ever beat every team by an average of 40 points. It was
ridiculous how easy it was for them. It was men against boys stuff, even
though the boys from tall. Croatia was in the final, with America
scoring 117 en route to victory. Come on, you can't have five top
athletic black guys, against a team of five white gays in Croatia, in a
game which involves running high and juching. You know who is going
to win that. It is all over the result by no means a surprise. A
performance as expected. Magic Johnson and the USSR the Dream Team
Yeah it is mad and insane, but you know what, that's what the Olympics
are, and that's what it takes to be a winner. The light came on and it
was obvious that he had hit me. Exhaugs, it looked like she downed
a bottle of vodka and detached from a hen party somewhere. American
swimmer, Spitz spits wasn't just a King of the pool he had the look.
After all nothing says 70s, God like a Beatles hair cut and tash.
It is the combination of Magnum PI, porn star athlete. That's Spitz
spits. # Daddy cool #
That is the best moustache ever worn. You're talking hundreds of a
second, making the difference between first, second and third, so
you're not going to grow a moustache, which means you could
lose by 1 Park Si-Hunth of a second, or you can't breathe. Sports
technology and water friction study robed your Olympic swimmer of a
good Muzzy. Another world record for the superSwitzerland.
In 1972, Switzerland won all seven events he entered. Breaking a world
record in everyone. He is lightening, seven golds says it all.
He could have swam so much faster, if he put a cap on and shaved off
the beard. COMMENTATOR: Wonder swimmer of Spitz spits. It was
amazing, seven golds and records, it was never going to be beaten.
was, 36 years later, thanks to fellow American, with Michael Fred
Phelps. When a record is broken, you're not cool any more, you have
nothing you have nothing to say. can only judge it in the point in
history. He was the best guy on seven events on that Games. Imagine,
the and the letism needed not just to race against the clock, but
hurdle fences at full pelt as well. It is not eegsy. Explosive power
and timing, it has to be one of the toughest Olympic events of all time.
You're about to show my silver medal... We're not, something
better, something called horse OK it is actually called the modern
pentathlon, invented and based around the five skills a cavalry
officer would need. The events involved are pistol shooting,
fenceing, swimming, running, and last of all, naturally, showjumping.
It is all a bit horses, guns and swords, generally not many things
we can practice. We didn't do pentathlon at our school. It is a
tricky event but gets you have to when it comes to the equest treeian
discipline, as like the individual horse riders, they don't have their
own horse and have to ride a unfamiliar beast. You walk forward
and take the Ping-Pong ball, it has a number, all the horses are lined
up, they have numbers on them. is the ultimate lucky dip, but in
2008, we saw how unlucky pairings We've got four other sports to
train for. We're not spending all that time on a horse.
Yeah that definitely seems to be the case.
I know what event I'm looking forward to at London 012.
Beijing Olympics, OK, was phenomenonal.
As we've seen the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics is the precurseor
to the greatest show on earth and it is crucial you do everything as
you can to make it as perfect. The Chinese went above and beyond the
call of duty. 15,000 performers, four billion TV viewers and cost of
$1 Park Si-Hun million. Nothing was left to chance, the world was star
struck, as this girl stole the planet's hearts. Wearing a red
dress and pig tails she charmed the audience with rendition of Ode To
But it wasn't her voice we could hear. The kid they got to sing and
had the Voice Of An Angel didn't look like an angel, so this young
woman was asked to step in a recording booth and sing her
version of the song which was dubbed on to the I aming of a young
girl, which, to be honest looks similar, but she did have straight
teeth. Perhaps we used Brad Pitt in a bores Johnson wig to introduced
Next thing you're saying is the fireworks was CGI'd. They looked
impressive. If it they done a few sly bits, good on them, I want it
on DVD. The Brits can take a leaf out of their books now CGI most of
Hackney, I live there, and it won't look good on camera. No pressure
then. Who was that. Dean Macey, sufd from loads of injuries.
not surprised, driving like that. They never lose their competitive
spirit do they. Athletes will go to great lengths to earn their moment
of glory at the Games and none more so than David Neville who did his
best to secure a bronze in the 4 Park Si-Hun metres in Beijing.
diped really early which meant he was falling through the line.
must feel awful if you're the guy feeling really, that's how you will
beat me, there should be a note saying how I came third. In the day,
he has Olympic third medal, Superman dive or not, he got
through. All that matters he got the third and got bronze. Which
other bronze medalist do you remember. This guy is remembered
for being a bronze medalist, It is 2004 and in the men's sprint
relay the US are red hot favourites. Whereas our boys were rank
outsiders. Team GB given no hope we're going to get our arses kicked,
we're the underdogs. We were making up the numbers. Americans were the
favourites of course they were. Everyone thought, oh it is a done
deal, United States will win it. Running the first leg was Jason
Gardener. Right then was the best changeover we'd ever had. Bang the
baton was gone. I can't tell you the relief for that baton out of my
hand. Next up Darren Campbell to Marlon Devonish. Half way through
the race, we think, we're still in it. Campbell to Devonish to Francis,
it was the perfect race, each pass being better than the other pass,
it was like a beautiful game of football. It came down to the
smallest of margins, of 1 Park Si- Hunth of a second. That's the
difference between winning and losing in the areinyas It was this
baton exchange between Americans the two that cost the favourites.
But Darren Campbell and the boys it must have been the most amazing
moment of their lives. At lantarks the United States gym
nasstx team, came down to the final event an 18-year-old American.
team events was very, very close, for the medal positions. Very
difficult to land. She goes down, she's injured, she's liching with
an ankle injury. Surely she couldn't take a last crucial
decisive juch. Everybody's counting on you, aren't they. You don't want
to let anyone down. It was as close Determined not to let her team-
mates down, she must have the strengthth to go again.
To stand up and go, I want the gold this much that I'm prepared to
maybe cause myself long-term injury, that's pretty incredible. That's
superhuman. That was her big finish. Yeah it is mad and insane, but you
know what, that's what the Olympics are, and that's what it takes to be
a winner. When she lands, she does a weird movement thing like a
toddler, shuffling along the carpet and I don't know if that's
celebration or terribly injured. Following her success she was
carried to the podium by her coach. Boy did they celebrate. Only way
you can ever be excused of doing the dance is you're pissed, you're
in Lanzarote and it is 3am. Magnificent Seven they're doing
impront tue versions of the Mararana.
So in 1988 and things are going rather well. Sthool then, this
happened. American Park Si-Hun hundred and Roy Jones is fighting.
He pummeled him.El He beat him into the ground.
He demolished this guy. He kind of went, bring your face closer and
I'm hitting it. He absolutely hammered him from
pillar to post for three rounds. You're thinking he's won, that's
obvious. In the blue corner.
Everyone knew it, including the guy he fought against it. He looked
embarrassed. He must have said, whatever happens, he's the gold
medalist. Outrageous decision in my opinion.? The aftermath, all three
judges voting against Jones were suspended but Park was allowed to
keep the gold medal. Worse decision I've ever seen. That is a total
farce. It is so hum bring to see ageing
Olympians, ending their lives so serenely. Not all Olympians had
glorious sporting years. Montreal Olympics in 1976 will be
remembered for many things, chaef among them Princess Anne becoming
the only royal competing for Britain when she swapped a tiara
for a hard hat and road one of her mum's horses. 1976 was famous for
an extraordinary case of sabotage as Boris Onischenko took on Jim fox.
Fox told the referee, after Boris Onischenko had hilt him. A light
came on and it was obvious that he had hit me. Dis-Oniskhenko had-the-
it switched, every time he had an opponent he swapped the switch.
the sward if you depress the point how did it work. He had two wires
coming from the handle here, with a little switch, so, when he hit him,
oh yeah, the more times:. All you needed to do is thumb flat.
fact is there's no point in doing all these training, and I will he
be doing this, three hours he was winning points when he was in the
dressing room. It is like a James Bond villain would come up with, to
win the game against Bond, that he has a button in his sword.
Who would have thought the aim is to stab your opponent with a sword
was so dastardly. Someone must have said, dishonest dis-Oniskhenko, I'm
taking the day off. Fox and his team went to win gold. He came a
tax driver. If somebody cheats in the Olympic Games there's no real
point in having them at all. What's the furthest you've ever run?
metres. Can you imagine running for 26 miles? Would I have to jump
fences. No you wouldn't. But even without hurdles, the matter ton can
A true test of stamina, grit and determination, the Marathon is one
of the most testing of disciplines, in 1984, women competed for the
first time too. As it is such an old outdated mind set, males are
big and women do other things. one sumed it up, as Gabriela
Andersen-Schiess. I love the determination to finish, and if you
can get around a Marathon course, good for you, but, she looked like
she'd council a bottle of vodka on the way and was detached from a hen
party somewhere. It looked like she had an imaginary friend that was
trying to get her to leave. Let's comeen, let's go. She's like, no,
no, stop it. Joorks stop it Charlie, I will
finish it. Suffering from heat exhaugs, she took five minutes and
44 gruelling seconds to finish the last 44 metres of the race but
still beat four other runers. Everyone was trying to run in and
save her. Guys in white, going, no. No. But she makes it, and the crowd
gives her an amazing ovation. deserved it, she may not have won
gold but she won our heart and a well deserved lie down. Britain is
rubbish at most things, so if someone is good at what they do, we
love them. In 192 it was Linford Christie, when he wanted to win the
100 metre sprint. It is always the biggest event. It is the one
everyone wants to watch and if you're an athlete it is the one you
want to win. After rein wining his first race at 26, he had taken
silver behind Carl Lewis, but now at 32, Kristy stormed to victory in
9.96 seconds. It was just this air of confidence about him, that you
knew there was going to have to a superhuman effort for him being
first past the line. No-one else had it on that day.
COMMENTATOR: Kristy comes storming through, it is Linford Christie.
remember, he came through the line and the arms were up, the British
flag and the Union Jack. COMMENTATOR: The greatest prize in
sport. That was the big win, the fact we had the fastest man in the
world living in our country. Still to come: Madge stesty. - Majesty.
No-one thought a woman could run 100 metres. Madness, the look on
his face, it is just like. misery.
She's stopping, this makes this an almost impossible situation for
Paula Radcliffe. She really couldn't do it. Cuba is famous for
many things, some popular some not. In the 2008 games it was Taiwan doe,
that made the headlines Angel Matos made the headlines. Angel Matos a
hero of mine, took the law, when the referee of the match ruled
against him. He thought, I could just kind of, accept his decision,
or, I could use my gifts and kick him in the head. He chose that
option. It wasn't the right thing to do. It wasn't going to get him
any more poins but fair place, you're kicking the guy against you,
a guy is having a G kick him, if if anyone disagrees, kick them. Matos
was furious about the rev disqualifying him and the reaction
At the 1988 games in Seoul, a good athlete became a great athlete, as
Jo Jo Jo made - Flo-Jo made her But it wasn't just her newly
manicureed nails that had changed. She came back looking bigger,
better, faster and harder. Times she ran were offer the planet.
200 helped her team win the relay. She's running times which a good
male athlete will run. That's what I try to be practice, try to make
it look relaxed. No-one thought a woman could run the 100 metre at
the time she did, but she did. smashed the records into little
pieces. COMMENTATOR: Greatest women sprinter in all time. She became
plagued of rumours with testosterone. They kept talking
about bizarrely mousse scar she was. You could go in the mens race.
was immensely talented athlete. It is a shame she could have done it
clean, she could have made crazy times. She never failed a drugs
test, but died of heart complications ten years later.
There will be always abquestion mark, but the thing is she's one of
the greatest Olympians ever. Greco- Roman wrestling. It is, Aleksandr
Karelin was looking to win a fourth gold. The only thing scareier than
Aleksandr Karelin is Aleksandr Karelin after you accidentally
pinched his bottom. The only man who stood between the Russian and
another Olympics triumph was Jason Gardener. Karelin had been
undefeated for 13 years, and Gardener was competing in the first
Olympics. People love the underdog, and we
were looking at the American. I'm thinking he's going to get murdered.
Nobody gave him a crack. COMMENTATOR: Karelin the Superman
COMMENTATOR: Karelin the Superman from Russia.
. COMMENTATOR: One point was given to Gardener. He never won anything
before. We thought the Russian guy was going to use him as a toothpick.
COMMENTATOR: He leads by one point to nil. Shock horror, Karelin get
beaten by a man called Rulon - that's a deoat rant, right.
Gardener produced a sensation. He won by a point, fending off Karelin
in the last 30 seconds. The King was dead.
Long live the King. The Olympics is renowned for showing the greatest
athletes of all time but in Athens we were introduced to someone else
entirely. Meet the strange and dangerous, horror. Previously he
turned up in Silverstone and ran in front of the cars. I think, he
thought, well, fast cars, maybe I should go in front of a runer and
small and Brazilian. That's what he did, he wasn't going to miss the
biggest stage, as he chose to ruin the hopes of winning gold in the
Marathon as he led after 22 miles COMMENTATOR: My goodness me, that's
an absolute disgrace. The look on his face, he is just like... Not
only is the most important day of my life, I've been accosted by some
prat. It was all for a worthy cause. I went to Athens to draw the
attention of all mankind to the nearness of the second coming of
Christ. Thanks for the heads up. is a Marathon, he ran so far, he's
trained so much. And then one motheron can screw it up. Amazingly,
he recovered his exposure to finish third. But robing him of the gold
has clearly been on his conscience and he decided how he can repay the
Brazilian for causing him heartache. I would like to go to Brazil and
his tribe and village. I'm not sure you will be welcome,
and steer clear of London 2012 while you're at it. The Beijing
games were watched by over a billion-and-a-half of people.
Olympic teams strived to ensure they fitted into the ancient
customs and traditions. But the Spanish basketball team seemed to
miss that memo. Spanish basketball team posed for a photo, they did a
parody, of an oriental expression. It is racist. What a way to treat
the hosts. Maybe they thought it would endear them. Anything I could
think is maybe they thought it wasn't offensive.
It was offensive, very offensive, but hold on, it is not their fault,
they were told to do it by sponsors. They blamed it on the sponsors, who
was sponsoring them, Bernard manning. There must be at least one
person, who said, is that not racist. No it is just OK, it is a
laugh. A whole nation, not only that, but a nation that has
absolutely billions of people. team went to win the silver medal
but history will remember them for this snap more than anything else.
relay, the Americans are the biggest fish in the pond. There's
only been a few times they haven't won the four by 100 metres relay.
It was their property, it was the sprient relay. At Sydney they were
up against the Aussies and the cowboy of swimming, AGary Hall Jr,
decided to raise the temperature, when asked to about the host
chances, he said they would rubbish the Americans with a guitar.
should have said I'm going to mess you up with a pile of laundry.
it comes. It was like a public spat between large sal monies and tune
yas, and with the big race approaching, all eyes and hopes
were on the Aussies, to see if they could upset the yanks. It was cat-
and-mouse all the way through, nobody could call it COMMENTATOR:
America second with fastest swimmer going in now, surely the Americans
will win. By the third relay Yankees were looking good, leaving
a final length show-down, between Gary big mouth and Ian Thorpedo
Thorpe. I thought this is game over. I can't believe. Ian Thorpedo
Thorpe pulled the swim of his life out. COMMENTATOR: Thorpe is coming
back, I can't believe he is going to do this, he's done t Australia,
crowd were going mental. COMMENTATOR: I cannot believe he's
done that. The goose Butchs, tingeels down the spine, that's the
best feeling I've ever had. It is a new world record. They stuffed the
Americans, this is outstanding. When the Aussies, won, they did
this fantastic thing, played the geetars, and made them eat their
words. It was brilliant. Contrast between the American team and the
for lorn faces and the Aussies on the blocks, it was fantastic.
know AGary Hall Jr is getting this thought his life, hey Gary, what's
up Gary, how is it going. Gary, What are you doing. I'm singing Tom
Jones, I'm trying to make you feel at home. Listen, nobody imitates my
mate Tom, nobody. You enjoyed it, athletes must draw on superhuman
feeling of nerves and calm. But doesn't always work out like that.
Trying to outpunch his opponent he decided to use his brain and the
rest of his face to earn victory. There's the head, he is untidy.
of the rules is you can't head butt, you're going to lose points.
COMMENTATOR: There again, up and down he goes. When it comes to the
judge's decision, : As soon as they lift his hand all hell breaks lose.
There's all sorts of trouble in the ring. This is most unprecedented
from the normally calm and sane Koreans. He looks like a mix
between Wild West fighter and maerbl arts fighter. It is fabulous
entertainment, completely disgraceful. At one point I thought
it was a world beginness attempt, to see how many Koreans you can fit
in a box. By the end, there was 11. I never saw anything like this in
any amateur contest whatsoever. Not content with starting a riot, he
wanted to get his point across with a sit in protest. Looks like a lie
in though. Let's look at this, you head butt your opponent you lose
the fight and you think the best thing to do is stage your own sit
in protest. Which was hilarious, because you have the most
aggressive sport, boxing and you've chosen the most peaceful protest,
to have a sit in. The thing is how they handle it, they turn the
lights off and go och and leave him. the corner and he looked like a sad
clown. He did at least break one record, staging the longest sit-in
in Olympic boxing history, before disappearing into the night.
Of course, behind almost everyone who takes part in an Olympic event
there is a story of dedication and hard work. Yes, I ever told you how
much hard work and dedication I put in? Yes, several times. But there
are some who do not deserve to be there and who have no right to
share a stage with some of the world's greatest athletes. Do you
mean...No, Much worse than that. Of all the Olympic events, the
steemple chase is one of the more unusual. It's a 3,000 metre race
but they have four hurdles and one water jump. It's like the grand
Grad National. It's OK, to watch, but it's full of crazy guys.
this man decided to mount a late challenge. He was dressed in full
gear and he just looked like he'd just got out of bed in full gear
and he came on to the track. COMMENTATOR: There's a crazy guy
there. I hope someone gets hold of him. They're primed for terrorist
attacks and chemical warfare and they can't stop one loony breaking
out of the crowd. Everyone was going, "Oh, terrible, a protester
on the track - oh, he can hurdle !" He only had two weeks of training,
one week going round ASDA and the other week running away from his
carer in the mental home. No-one knows if they ever caught him.
When it comes to Greco-wrestling, the Yanks love it. And one man they
love to see wriggling around without much on is Kurt Angle.
watched him when I was young doing body slams and stuff. What kind of
a name is Kurt Angle? High, I'm Tom ice Secretary of State lease, and
I'm Sine and this is my brother Cosine. But Kurt shocked the world
by beating the Iranian Abbas Jadidi. There was the American God up
against the mean, evil Iranian! Where is the moustache? But what
really made Kurt Angle's victory so amazing is that ze it with a broken
neck. Yes, you heard me. An actual broken neck. I was surprised he had
a neck. You'd have to hit him with a bus to break it. Kurt fractured
his neck prior to the Games but still competed. No doctor was going
to stop him from grappling with some tough Persian ass. Imagine
what he's going to say to his kid if he stubs your toe? Hey, you
stubed your toe? I won a gold medal after breaking my neck!
Colin, what's all this I keep hearing about the Olympic ideal.
What does it mean? That you have to win at all costs even if you gouge
out your opponent's eyes? No, it's about the importance of take part.
So it's not about winning? Winning doesn't matter? No. That's lucky.
Paula Radcliffe, the fastest woman marathon runner of all time, with a
clutch of world records, and three- times winner of the London Marathon,
twice of New York and winner of the Chicago Marathon. She is the best
and she is out. Paula was the golden girl of British athletics,
without a doubt. It is quite rare that a British athlete is the best
ever at their thing. She arrived is Athens with all hopes pinned on her.
Going into Athens she was going to be the girl to bring back the
golden medal, but people put it round her head too early.
Inexparticularlycally she ran the race looking more like Daniel
Radcliffe than Paula. Four miles before the end she realised she
wasn't going to win it, so rather than carry on, she just stopped.
think she should have crag dragged herself over the line, because it
was the Olympics. But when she started crying, you just thought,
"Poor woman, she couldn't do it." feel I've let everyone down.
haven't let anybody down at all. Five days later, Paula had the
chance of redemption in the 10,000 metres. Paula is a fighter and if
anyone could come out of that it would be Paula. The 10,000 metres,
for Paula, that's a sprint. This is what legends are made of. Come on,
Paula. Hang on, she is at the back. COMMENTATOR: Oh, she is stopping.
She has stepped off the track. Radcliffe tried her best for
Britain, but it didn't go to plan. It has been the lowest of the low
and totally crushed me emotionally. I know she wasn't in shape to do it
and physically and medically probably shouldn't have competed. I
would have liked to have thought I would have had the balls she had
and gone through with it. But she's a woman and doesn't have balls. But
she is back for 2012 and we're backing her to give us a great and
not heart breaking Olympic run. History will remember her as one of
the best British distant runners of all time.
Still to come: Love... If for some reason that led us to get together,
I would do it a million more times. Heart break...COMMENTATOR: Oh, it's
broken. And despair. COMMENTATOR: Oh, and Decker is down. I think she
heard something lost in translation -- Mary - deck her The Sydney
Olympics went down as a roaring success. It was the best by far.
Everyone says they were the best so far. But for some reason the Vault
gymnasts couldn't rise to the occasion. There was a wipeout on
that vault. I was competing and I just couldn't figure out what was
wrong. No-one could put their finger on it.
Running up and...oh, no, what's going on, I don't understand.
someone thought to measure the Vaulting horse and discovered it
was set 5cm lower than the standard 125, upsetting years of meticulous
training. I reckon it was just the guy with the overalls and the
spanner who set it wrong. It was like an aggressive version
of You've Been Framed. They didn't get gold but they got �250 from
Harry Hill. Those poor gymnasts, some of those falls looked
revaulting. Sorry! Spritsspritssprits' record of
seven golds might just have been topped by Michael Phelps. Everyone
knew that in Beijing Mark was going for eight. So many people didn't
think he could do all eight. Thanks to the feet the size of
Alaska he can swim faster than an electric eel. He has long arms and
massive feet to get them through the water. He's built for swimming.
But could the merman live up to the hype?
The first final. Is he ready? COMMENTATOR: A stunning swim!
COMMENTATOR: He's got the gold. Michael Phelps is still on for
eight. That is unbelievable. Every time he won a medal, it was, right,
he's got his first then his second. COMMENTATOR: Number three is in the
bag, it's just whether he wins the world record. People were counting
down his medals. COMMENTATOR: golds. Four races, four world
records. There was no-one going to beat him. COMMENTATOR: The USA are
going to take the gold in the 4X4 relay. He was just lightning.
COMMENTATOR: On, Michael Phelps, he's got it. Another world record.
Six golds and six world records in six days. Oh, he's got it!
It was the smallest margin of victory in our sport. COMMENTATOR:
I cannot believe he's just done that. Not only must he have been
knackered, but ....COMMENTATOR: That is it, eight straight gold
medals, Michael Phelps is the greatest. Absolutely brilliant.
If I could pick a gold medal to win, my country's first-ever gold medal,
it would definitely be in football. And in 2000 in Sydney that was the
dream of little old Cameroon. After qualifying as runners up in their
group, they drew Brazil in the quarter-finals. Everyone thought
they would get thumped. But they didn't. They beat them and despite
having two players sent off! To beat Brazil with nine men is
impressive, 11 is good, but with nine! If anything, it's arrogant.
In the final they faced Spain. The game was a cracker. We didn't give
them a hope against Spain because Spain has talent cueing down the
block. They were 1-0 down after two minutes. Then 2-0 down.
COMMENTATOR: And it's taken. half time it seemed Cameroon would
have to settle for second, but it seems the African had other ideas.
COMMENTATOR: It's an own goal. It went all the way to spot kicks,
where Cameroon became Germany... And Spain became England.
COMMENTATOR: Cameroon have never known celebrations like it.
The great thing about the Olympics is that on the day, if you have
luck going your way and everything goes right, you win. And that was a
huge, huge thing for football in Africa.
Now, some people say that true love is inspired by cupid's arrow. But
what a lot of folk don't realise is that a rifle can do the job as well.
GUNSHOT I just got rid of that bloke who was hang around at the
back. The skier? Yes, he's been a right nuisance.
Meet Matthew Emmons. In 2004, he was regarded as a fastest, bestest
shooter in the West and in the Athens games the gold medal was his
if he could nail his last shot. Unbelievably, he hit someone else's
target. How could he miss his target?! All he had to do was hit
his target and he'd win. It's like a footballer kicking it in the
wrong goal. But he was approached later that night by Czech shooter,
Katerina who offered him consolation. He was drowning his
sorrows in a bar and he found love. That's preying on the vulnerable.
He's feeling low, move in and marry him! They are already thinking of
movie titles for it. Stupid Cupid. At Beijing four years later now
with his wife cheering him on, it was redemption Michael wanted, not
love. All he had to do was score an easy shot. COMMENTATOR: He only has
to hit the target to win the gold medal. Ready...aim...COMMENTATOR:
Oh, no. I don't believe it. And I think
he's surely blown it. I think the second time it happened he was just
feeling cocky because he was thinking, "This is never going to
happen. I can close my eyes and turn my head and isle' never do
what I did last time. COMMENTATOR: There is no rhyme or reason for him
to repeat what he did four years ago, but incredibly he has. But he
made up for it in love. Win or lose I know she is always going to be
behind me. If what happened in Athens led us to get together I
would do it a million more times. I wouldn't change a thing. He is
definitely the best shooter out there. There is going to be a
reason why this happened, I am adjust curious why it happened.
gold medal for me, that's the truth. It's 1984 and American, Evander
Holyfield is favourite to win the gold medal in the boxing
competition. He was a shoo-in for gold.
He was knocking people out. He's an amazing fighter and a real
success story for America. However, in the semi-finals it all goes pear
shaped against a Kiwi. Barry versus Evander Holyfield wasn't just
shocking, it was confusing. COMMENTATOR: Just as the referee
stayed" stop" this man threw another punch. Barry was caught by
a left hook that was deemed illegal. COMMENTATOR: I have a feeling he is
going to disqualify the American for hitting Barry after the command
to stop. Holyfield gets disqualified, but the rules are
because the feller was knocked out he can't box for 28 days, so he's
out. There was no final. That's right. Holyfield couldn't go to the
final due to disqualification, and nor could Barry because he was
knocked out. So Barry goes down as a bronze medallist, and comes up as
a gold medallist, and the silver medallist goes to another guy.
should have gone to Holyfield. the guy on the podium pulled
Holyfield up on to it. It was a proud moment in the true spirit of
the Olympics. Now, it is time to see a true British legend. He may
never have won a gold medal but the whole nation can agree his
contribution to the cause has been outstanding. It is hard to
overestimate his importance. It's my silver medal from Seoul, is it?
No. We're talk being Boris Johnson. Just as the Chinese closed the
Beijing Games with style, panache and theatre, it was time for the
world to get a first glimpse of what we would have to offer four
years later in London. The world held its breath. # Always Look On
The Bright Side Of Life #. When a bus went out to Beijing, there was
something slightly crap about that, it has to be said. I think they
should have been more realistic, and made the bus turn up late due
to unattended luggage found on it. We don't want you to think it's
going to an slick event. Get a bus in and Boris and mess it up. That's
fine. They were introduced to Boris Johnson and they weren't just
pointing at him because he was blond. He looked like he'd been
picked out at random from the crowd to wave the flag. Go on, dad.
COMMENTATOR: Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, receives the flag and
waves it enthusiastically. forget fireworks, we have E level
students inadequate dancers and what more do you need to up the
Olympics ante, non-other than the musical dream team of Leona Lewis
and Led Zepplin. The Chinese had never heard of Led Zepplin before
and Leona Lewis, who they wanted to turn glue. And arrive David Beckham,
doing his bit for British skinheads. All he had to do was put the goal
into an enormous goal....he missed. Inevitably, he bottled it. We said,
"Listen, we've got a bit of history and we're idiots and we don't take
ourselves as seriously as all that. So I think you'll find there will
be a similarly Carry On spirit to the Olympics and I don't think
anyone will mind. 2000 and Beijing, our track cycling
team was phenomenal. 13 went, 12 won medals. How amazing is that?
I don't think we'll ever see the likes of the performance at Beijing
again. We had more medals than most countries in one small cycling team.
All our big guns were on song. There was this feller. COMMENTATOR:
The Olympic Champion was chist Hoy. This girl. COMMENTATOR: Rebecca
Romero is the Olympic Champion. this buy? COMMENTATOR: Bradley
Wiggins is the goad gold medallist. It was a truly incredible
achievement. Despite all the glory, there was one man left feeling a
little empty-handed. Everyone did so well, but a lot talk about the
one man who didn't come home with a medal. Unlucky 13. Our best cyclist,
Mark Cavendish. Sucks. # I am the one and only #. He was
the fastest man on two wheels, but that was proved wrong.
It's like being in a science class with Bill Gates and everyone
getting an A, not him. In the lead- up to the Games Cavendish became
the first Brit to win four stages of the Tour de France. Everyone
knew that he hated the fact that he was the only cyclist without a
medal. What could suck more than being on the plane back from
Beijing without a medal and you're eating a crappy tuna sandwich when
everyone's looking at their medals. The disappointment of Beijing is
what has probably driven Mark Cavendish on to what he has
achieved. The guy is undoubtedly talented but it probably spurred
him on. He is having the last laugh now because he is the fastest man
in the world in road racing. can he grab gold? In London?
Colin, you've run a lot of races, what shoes do you wear? Running
spurs, of course. Would you ever run with bear feet? Nobody would do
that? Maybe a South African with a British passport running the 3,000
metres? It's 19 84ra at the LA Olympics all
eyes were on Britain's adopted medal prospects, Zola Budd, the
shoeless wonder. I don't think there was a character as cool as
Zola. She didn't need trainers, she was that good. It looked like all
the adults were competing against a child who had part of her kit.
was at the height of South Africa's apartheid and brought to Britain by
a newspaper, Zola Budd was a controversial figure. But she found
a place in history when she stood toe-to-toe about an American and
was the only one left standing. They clashed in a tangle and Mary
Decker fell down. COMMENTATOR: of the favourites is now flat out
on the end field. Zola Budd was in front and Decker was behind and she
ran into the back of her. If you're driving a car and you pile into the
car in front, it's your fault and that's the same in athletics.
think she misheard her instructions, "Mary - deck her." COMMENTATOR:
Mary Decker is being escorted from the track. But she finished seventh.
Daley Thompson proved in 1908 and 1984 that he was the man by winning
gold in the decathlon in both Olympics. But all good things come
to an end. So, the world looked to Daley once more to defend his title
at the Seoul games. He was looking to get an unprecedented third gold.
Daley would not have started it if he didn't think he could do it.
COMMENTATOR: Oh, it's broken. do you break one? They're designed
-- I think the number one thing is not to break. It was a disaster,
Daley injured himself on the process, meaning he missed out on
the medal places. He came fourth. There's nothing wrong with that.
Dean, as well you know. He would have got three Olympic golds in a
row, and he got injured and didn't retain his title. He'd be heart
broken. Devastated. Apart from ice hockey, Canada were unknown in the
Olympics. This was their one guy, Ben Johnson. Their one chance at a
gold medal. And it came in the 100 metres final which was shaping up
to be the greatest race in history. In the red corner, there was Ben
Johnson in the blue corner was our Linford and in the other red corner
was Carl Lewis. Someone was looking intense. He looked odd. The mad,
bulging eyes and he was huge! eyes looked like the baddie in Who
Framed Roger Rabbit, when they just came out of his face. He looked as
if he could win all the Olympic events twice in one day!
COMMENTATOR: Ben Johnson got a brilliant start and he's away and
clear. And Lewis is not going to catch him. Johnson wins it, Lewis
second and Christie third. In the blink of an eye it was observer
with Johnson crowned Olympic Champion, not just breaking the
world record but smashing it. COMMENTATOR: There is no question,
who is the fastest man in the world. # You're simply the best. # He'd
beaten the American dream, Karl Lewis. He creamed him. All the boys
got smashed by this little bullet of a man. He could have afforded to
do a rollover at the en. Very quickly the scene went from one of
celebration to "hang on a minute, what actually happened here?"
seemed too good to be true and it was. Two days later, John somebody
was banned for having a banned substance in his blood. He was not
just on one drug, but all the drugs. Johnson's face said it all. In
recent years he still denies any wrongdoing, claiming his drink was
spiked. Go that happens when you get your drink spiked, I want it on
a regular basis. Win a gold medal in 9.9 seconds, yes, than you.
Whatever happened, he claimed to be prouder of his gold medal than
anything, as no-one could take it away from him. But, yes, they can.
I would have pawned it off. He must have known he was going to get
caught. He had been unforgettable. Yes, he cheat, but his legs still
ran that quickly and it was unheard of. What were you taking? Red Bull?
Still to come: A duelling twosome. COMMENTATOR: Ovett is watching him
all the way. It's a bit like Starsky and Hutch you had to love
one or the other. A bunch of fives. COMMENTATOR: Mission accomplished.
And a perfect ten. COMMENTATOR: she's got. It is incredible.
It's Barcelona, 110 metre hurdle final. Right. Eight men ready to go.
The gun goes, bang. All of us explode out of the blocks and take
the first hurdle. Keep going, second and third hurdle, which
seems like an eternity and as I'm getting close to the line and ready
to dip..Where Did you come? Seventh? What about the other race?
Oh, I picked up the silver medal there.
Yes, that's right. My Welsh friend Colin Ray Jackson has his own
Olympic story to tell and what a story it is. In 1988, Jacko lined
up as an inexperienced youngster up against the best opponents on
mother Earth, including Roger Kingdom. COMMENTATOR: Kingdom wins
it and Jackson second. A silver medal in the Olympics and
only beaten by a Power Ranger. Incredible. But four years later in
Barcelona he was red-hot favourite to win and he was talking the talk.
To know that you are the best 110 metre hurdler in the Games will be
a wonderful feeling. You'll definitely win more respect
straightaway when they say, "Colin Jackson Olympic Champion." But he
looked rusty in the semi-final, seeming to forget that the idea is
to jump over the hurdles rather than hit them. COMMENTATOR: Jackson
is coming through clean, Jackson second. But if you're going to make
a mistake in the Olympic Games, better to do it in the semi than
the final, right? Surely Colin, in lane three would be on his best
when it mattered most? COMMENTATOR: Colin is struggling. Maybe not.
COMMENTATOR: McCoy is the Olympic Champion and Jackson run right out
of it. Colin Jackson, when it really came to it, hadn't got it.
Colin's dream of gold medal glory was never realised as he finished
seventh and McCoy triumphing instead. But he will still go down
in history as a sill very medallist and surely the greatest ever thing,
next to Tom Jones to come out of Wales?
It's 1996 and the big news -- Chris Evans has blighted our screens with
TFI Friday. Horrendous. Thankfully, there was one man to lift our
spirits during this dark, dark time. Michael Johnson. At this time,
Michael Johnson was the best. was a runner I would hope to be
something like Michael Johnson. As a human being I wish I was more
like him. He wasn't your shy and retiring type. He put himself at a
disadvantage because he was wearing, like, Mr T's jewellery.
wasblinged up and wearing gold shoes. If you're wearing gold shoes
you know you're going to win. you're Michael backson I think you
can wear clown shoes. He won in that weird running style. Everyone
was criticising his technique because he runs like a chicken. But
they don't realise it's 300 pounds of jewellery. His upper body does
not move. Nothing moves apart from his arms and legs. Arrogant, just
taking it, taking it, taking it. COMMENTATOR: Absolutely bolt
upright. He ran completely wrong and still won! COMMENTATOR: John
son, wins. First up, in the 400 metres. COMMENTATOR: He ran the
perfect race. Then he kicked them ought in the 200 metres. The man
was on fire! I couldn't believe what I was
seeing. I was literally...I couldn't believe it.
COMMENTATOR: Johnson is going away by yards. You couldn't quite
believe that somebody could run that fast. He was a bit of a God of
the track. He may have run in his own unique style, but his00 metres
smashed its way into the record books.
The bond between father and son is unbreakable, unless you are this
guy and at the 1992 Olympic Games we saw a prime example of a dad and
the fruit of his loins working together.Er reckon redman had
suffered an injurey-ravaged sfpblt but hopes were high. He starts off
amazingly well. You're going to smash this one. He pulls his ham
string. COMMENTATOR: And redman has broken down.
He said, "I heard this pop and I thought it was something in the
crowd" and suddenly he realised it was his own leg. COMMENTATOR:
hopping his way to complete. It may not be wise. Are you going to pull
out of the race? No. The stretchers are there, walk off. But he refuses
to give up. He wasn't running, he was hopping towards the finish.
Somehow his dad gets through security, which is worrying in
itself. Gets on to the track and goes up to him ander reckon leans
on him. COMMENTATOR: He's been battling
through and he can't hold it. He knows he would have had a chance.
The applause builds up. This is a real human moment. Father and son
complete the race together. An iconic moment and a beautiful story.
You just wanted to scream but the fact that he didn't let that beat
him. Yes, he didn't win the race, but he was still a winner. It is an
amazing moment in Olympic history that sums up the spirit. It's not
about winning, but about his determination. And then he was
disqualified for being helped by his old man. COMMENTATOR: He's won
nothing but admiration. I don't think he or his old man gave a toss
for being disqualified. The fact is, they did what they did and everyone
stood up and applauded him despite the result. He may not have won a
medal, but he is a true Olympic hero nonetheless.
It's 2004 and in Athens Kelly Holmes is desperate for Olympic
glory but no-one gave her a hope. She was 34. So many people would
have retired before then. Injurey- wise she'd been through the mill so
many times. Fractures. Gland lr fever, torn muscles. Nobody had any
idea that this 34-year-old woman could come back and get on the
medal podium. First up was the 800 metres and proving to be quite the
Brit, she was miles off the pace. COMMENTATOR: Kelly Holmes, dead
last. You can imagine at that moment that you could completely
lose the plot and change everything and I didn't. I just stayed there.
COMMENTATOR: Kelly Holmes and Maria Mutola are doing the right thing
and sitting off the pace. But she suddenly came up to it. As I came
round the bend I was trying to overtake Mutola. She barged me and
that probably was a moment that made me win the gold. COMMENTATOR:
Kelly Holmes, fighting for the gold medal I just remember saying to
myself "relax" and as I did it, I took that crucial step.
COMMENTATOR: Can she get there. One more yard, come on Kelly Holmes.
It's gold! # You're unbelievable #. When she crossed the line she
didn't know if she had won or not. She checked the board and Steve
Cramm is saying, "You've won it" as if she could hear him. That face is
bun of the greatest reactions to an Olympic gold medal, purely because
of the out and out surprise. Next up for Kelly was the 1500.
This time she was the favourite, but only two women had ever done
the 800/1500 double before. Could she join them? This was my dream
since the age of 15 to be Olympic Champion. COMMENTATOR: Kelly Holmes
moves to the back of the field. She now needs to dig in there. Can she
be as controlled as the 800 metres. It looks so easy. The way she came
through it was unreal. She was like a machine. And then she was on the
home straight. COMMENTATOR: Kelly looks around to see the danger.
remember thinking in my head "God!." COMMENTATOR: Kelly Holmes
for Great Britain wins the 1500 metre title. You are the double
Olympic Champion. I don't think she could believe it, everyone watching
couldn't believe it. There wasn't a dry eye in the house.
Throughout the years of the Olympics the chances of a gymnast
ever scoring a prefect ten is about as likely as Jed wood not saying
anything stupid. But a certain 14- year-old Romanian achieved the
impossible. How can you be perfect? Surely
there's always got to an little glitch in there that's not
impeccable? She's an absolute legend. She was
this young girl that came into this woman's sport and completely
transformed the whole world of gymnastics.
She just captivated the audience. She wasn't just a gymnast, she
would go out and it was a show. This young girl goes out there and
just blows everyone away, getting the first perfect tens in
gymnastics. COMMENTATOR: Ten she's got. It is
quite incredible. She made history. She was a perfect ten. The size of
a tadpole and the bendiness of a slinky and the charm of a smug cat.
It was not one, but one after another and another. It was just a
shame there wasn't a proper score board built that could show four
dij its to go above 9.99. A maker who made those clocks got in touch
with the manufacturer and said, "What if you're not going to be
able to show this?" and they said, "We'll cross that bridge when we
come to it, because, let's face it, we never will." The come tater had
to keep explaining that she hadn't got 1.0, she had actually got ten.
Even now it still makes you go...she was just a natural star.
COMMENTATOR: An extraordinarily composed young lady of 14.
Hey, look at this, it goes all the way to twelve. Yes, it's a clock,
Colin. A clock. We're back down under for the 2000
Olympic Games, where it was all about one woman. Come on, Cathy,
you can do it? At only one of 11 Aboriginals in 628 Australian
athletes, Cathy Freeman was looked upon to take the nation out of its
place. It seemed ridiculous to say the whole hopes of a nation were on
this one woman, but it was. She did everything. She lit the flame and
done the lot. But lighting the flame was just the start, the world
excepted her to run away with the 400 metre golds, but could she take
the pressure? Yes, she could, especially as she was dressed as a
superhero. I do think, if I knew that the whole world was watching
me, I might have chosen a different outfit. She looked so cute with the
hood on and a whole-bodysuit. think she wore it to get into her
own little bubble and forget the world and she wanted to run as fast
as she could from A to B and that's what she did. COMMENTATOR: Cathy
has the world at her feet and the nation's soul on her back. It's
under way. The crowd roaring Freeman on and the response is
there. On the near side it's Freeman. The nation expected and
she has not disappointed. There were 112,000 people in that stadium.
There was so much noise it was sickening. She handled it and with
grace. If you watch that video back and you don't have a lump in your
throat there is something wrong with you, I think. There was a
great moment when she had the Australian flag and the native flag
in her hand. And that's all we needed all along, was someone to
run really fast. Hats off to Cathy Freeman, legends.
Now, this next bit is something that everybody remembers. Yes, it's
a real classic. Something that sticks in your mind for ever.
the viewers what it is. course...what is it?
Man U versus Man City. MacVersus PC. Jolie verse ious Aniston. But in
the 1970s what really divided the nation was middle-distance running.
There was a huge rivalry between Seb Coe and Steve Ovett. It was
like Starsky and Hutch you had to love one or the other and you were
either in the Coe camp or the Ovett camp. They didn't look like they
could be friends. One looked like Chas and Dave and the other looked
like, well, a Tory MP. Seb Coe, very clean-cut, Cambridge
University student, the model on and off the track. Ovett was a bit
more rock'n'roll and edgy. I remember him winning a race and 30
metres to go, he was waving to the crowd. I was an Ovett man. He
looked like if he wasn't running he would be sweeping for the Council.
Families were split. Not quite, but you get the picture. In the 800
metre final in Moscow, Coe was a certainty to win, nothing could go
wrong. They were both very good athletes and they were going to
double up. Coe was clear favourite for the 800 metres and everyone
thought he would win it. COMMENTATOR: Coe can't get through
and Ovett is coming through. Coe gets the silver. And Ovett looks up
in triumph. It was, like, a massive talking
point, the fact that we knew he was good, but that's Coe's event. How
dare he. I suppose I must have clocked up more Cardinal sins of
middle distance running than I have in a lifetime. It was like day was
night and night was day, the fabric of what we knew had been shifted.
Next, the 1500 metess, Ovett's favourite race. Could he do the
double? COMMENTATOR: Could this be Ovett's defeat? Ovett is in trouble
and Coe wins it. In a result that shocked the world, Coe struck back.
It just shows you the mental strength of Coe that he had got
over the disappointment of not winning his major event and won the
15. How much could the British public take? They'd swapped over.
They both came home with an Olympic gold medal, but in the wrong event.
People are talking about who should light the flame in London 2012.
People are saying it should be a race between those two and whoever
gets there first. I think that's a brilliant idea. Usain Bolt has
saved my sport. And after Beijing 2008 there wasn't a person on the
planet who didn't know who he was. He became a megastar in Beijing.
The sooper human freak of nature. The Jamaican was the biggest thing
to hit athletics in years, and not just because of his massive six
foot five inch frame. He was a bolt out of the blue. All of this before
the start. It is brilliant. I don't know what the celebration is. He
says it's a lightning bolt. But I fail to see how. As he lined up for
the 100 metre final, the world asked if he could live up to the
hype. I was in the Bird's Nest Stadium and it is the event and
it's over so quickly. You don't fully take it in, even if you're
there. COMMENTATOR: They get away first time and Usain Bolt streaking
away. It's gold for Jamaica. That is superb, it's a new world record!
He has blown them all away. It was clear that Usain Bolt wasn't just
the real deal he was the nuts. knew he'd just run the fastest of
any human being. He was so fast that he could slow down and just
look at the other guys! You're out. Some in the audience were not
amused. Everyone got so het up about that. Why? That wasn't
disrespectful, that was him pumping his chest saying, I'm so high.
Imagine what his rivals thought when they watched the race back and
saw his shoelaces were not done up! I don't believe that. Maybe he
would have been 9.3 if he'd done his laces up properly. Next in the
200 metres he was hoping to collect an astonishing double. Could he do
is it? COMMENTATOR: Usain Bolt already going past the others.
set that stage alight. COMMENTATOR: Blasting round the top bend, he's
in second place. What's the time? It's gold for Usain bolt blt and a
new world record. I do not believe it. Brilliant! 19.30. Into a head
wind. Oh, just the fastest man on this planet and whatever happens
from now on he'll always be remembered for that. He'll probably
be the fastest man I'll ever see, ever. Bolt is already celebrating
the Olympics which he is going to rein. He ran so fast that he went
into the future and saw himself with it. I am number one!
Britain has much to be ashamed of. Take this weirdo for instance. But
in Sydney 2000 a whole nation stood proudly and saluted a home-grown
hero. Sir Steven Redgrave is not your arcy typial sports star?
Redgrave looks like the kind of guy you buy your bacon from. Rowing is
an elitist sport. Every year we have Oxford versus Cambridge, never
Luton Poly. But for most of us,er is Steve is a hero in spite of all
of this, thanks to five golds in five different Olympics. To win
five gold medals, back-to-back with different teams in different
eventss. It's unbelievable. I think he is the greatest sporting person
this country has ever had. The fact that he is such an amazing and
charming man is testament to his character. It would turn me into an
absolute prick if I'd won all the medals. During his career he had an
operation to remove his appendix and was diagnosed with diabetes.
It's amazing that somebody could push themselves to that extreme for
that long. I'd be very, very surprised if he's not lighting the
torch in July. But he could have changed all that. If anyone sees me
go near a boat, you have my permission to shoot me. And there
he is, four years later back in the boat winning another gold. Five
Olympic gold medals, it's absolutely unbelievable.
And so we've finally arrived. to cross the line and find out who
our winner is. Let's now find out who is going to stand on top of our
met forcal podium. Who is it? winner, the person who has got to
number one. This is our amazing Olympic moment of all time.
And I will beat any man in the world and I want everyone man in
the world to know it. I am the greatest. We've seen lots of
sporting moments but the ones that stay in the memory are the ones
that transcend sport. From Jessie Owens, and the Black Power salute
to Cathy Freeman. Muhammed Ali is the greatest sportsman of all time.
It all started when he won Olympic gold in 1960. A medal he later
claims to have thrown into the Ohio River in protest in America against
racism. He also protested against the Vietnam War and inspired Martin
Luther King. So, he was the perfect choice to light the Olympic flame
in Atlanta, the spiritual home of the civil rights movement. A
sporting giant starting the world's greatest sporting event. Muhammed
Ali lighting the flame is the best moment of any opening ceremony
there has ever been. He's such an iconic sports person. He's just a
one-off. The greatest sportsman ever having the opportunity to be
recognised. It was a beautiful moment. I've never known a stadium
of 80,000 people hold their breath. COMMENTATOR: What a moment. One of
the great figures in sport. # Come on, come on, come on #.
There's no other like him in any sport. COMMENTATOR: The sacred
Olympic Flame burning brightly over the American city of Atlanta.
he is with the eyes of the world on him lighting the flame with
Parkinson's and he just did it. is a legend and I think it's only
right he carried the torch. that's it. Those are our amazing
Olympic moments. But there's always one thing you know about the
Olympics. Yes, next time there will always be more. More glory, more
spectacle, more records, more tears. And more medals for Team GB. Could
we unearth another Linford. Or a silver medal at the hurdles. Or a