In a final edition of the show ahead of the Games, the team join some of the likely stars of the London Olympics, including swimming world champion Rebecca Adlington.
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The crowd are on their feet! What a start! Olympic champion! Bringing
Great Milton get the gold medal! -- Great Britain. What a performance!
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The Olympic champion! Absolutely Two of gold medals from Rebecca
Adlington! You are absolutely brilliant!
He has destroyed them in the home straight! Mo Farah does it again!
Jessica Ennis! She concerns the status as the very best.
Welcome to a special Golden edition of British Olympic dreams. The most
famous clock in the world is ticking down to the Games. Let the
final preparations begin. Today we bring you a choice
selection of Team GB's brightest hopes for success. First up the
sailor who launched the Torch Relay at Land's end in May. Already the
winner of three gold medals, Canon Ben Ainslie make it four in a row?
-- can. He is a fierce competitor on the
water. To beat him you have to be at your very best. If you are not
you do not have a shot. He is a fantastic athlete, probably going
to beat the best sailing at great there has ever been. I can
seriously say I know no-one I would put my money on more than Ben
Ainslie. Every time he does the business.
I think that his talent will be recognised for many generations.
is a very quiet guy, just gets on with his business. Doesn't really
worry about what is happening around him. I can see a lot of
money within him. It makes you feel very proud to
represent your country at the Olympics. That is where the special
aspects of the Olympic Games, that you are representing Great Britain
on the world stage and you feel that so much more at the Olympics.
The British team has done fantastically well. This is an
incredible opportunity for London 2012. When you talk about living at
the Olympic level, it is obviously a lot about hard work, what you are
willing to put into it. Most importantly it is about dealing
with the pressure of racing at the Olympic Games. It is only every
four years. You may or may not get another opportunity to be there. It
is a lot to deal with. You have to be have to handle that pressure
when it counts at the key moments. It is such a cliche to say that the
top performers raise their game when it matters. But no-one does
that like Ben. You never doubt. You never doubt on a last race that he
will come up with the goods. It is literally just channelling all of
that aggression and make it productive, working hard at being
more physical, being aggressive and tactical. I think that race against
rabbit in the Sydney Olympics was the most pressure I have felt in my
career. -- Robert. There was so much at stake in regard step our
personal battle which we had been having for four years. Robert one
in the 1996 Olympics. I got the silver. -- won the gold medals. If
I lost again in Sydney that would have been very hard to take. He is
the kind of guy that you can never count out of a race, even when he
is in a tough situation, he seems to break back. You can always be
sure that he will be behind you and try to pass you and doing his best
to be the winner in the end. I dreamed of going to the Olympics
maybe one day and maybe being successful. But I never dreamt that
I would get the opportunity to do it on home waters. We had all that
training can see when we were kids. It would be incredible. It is a
pretty special place. They have been training there for many years.
It is home away from home. There will be a lot of people going down
to see Ben Ainslie complete and be part of that moment. Hopefully he
can win another gold medal. It is a sport I have made my life. It is
what I enjoy doing. To be ever to race at the Olympics at the highest
level, that is what keeps me going and focused and determined to try
Jessica Ennis started 2011 a strong favourite for heptathlon Alan bit
of gold. But the subsequent loss of set indoor and outdoor totals shows
nothing is certain in sport. We joined her with her coach she
competed at the prestigious golf this meeting in Austria, a crucial
dress-rehearsal for the Olympics. In Austria in a small town, this
will be the one heptathlon that Jessica does before the Olympics.
Is the one chance to see what kind of shape she is sent. Everybody is
here except for my javelin coach. But it is great to have everyone
here. The physiotherapist. They know my body inside out.
Those socks are terrible. It is tense when you're coming to
debate. It is nice to bring a bit of humour a few days before the
event. Just about to start. They will
start the first event. She went well and she is happy. Card asked
for anything more than that. -- we cannot ask for.
We have to be happy with that. A little bit nervous about the jumps.
We have not done any jumping competitions before coming here. We
will see. I think it should be all She will not be happy with that in
the slightest. We'll just move on. A very solid shot board, her
season's best. -- shot put. If she can run quicker than 2321, heaven
You know the last five metres? You needed to lay in in! A I have a lot
more to do tomorrow. -- lean in. tension in this event. Don't try
too hard. But still put in an I am so glad I have not come away
Personal best. Nice that. If she runs to 14, she might break the
I am so pleased that I managed to get most of the events right and
scored a personal best and the British record. It is brilliant. It
is all about the Olympics now. I have done my first heptathlon of
the season. My next big one is the Olympics. It is very much here now.
I'm ready. Now to a hopeful who is used to a
bird's eye view. Tom Daley. He media spotlight has been fixed
on him since he made his debut in Beijing aged just 14, turning him
into a house on it. But what does he reckon about his rise to stardom
and chances of success in London? Who better to tell us and the young
We have known he is quite special. My first Olympic Games were in
Beijing in 2008. I was the youngest member of Team GB, only 14 years
old. It was an amazing experience. I can remember going there and
being completely taken back by how big the Olympics were. I remember
walking out the Opening Ceremony seeing all of these thousands of
people cheering and the audience and just the scale of the event was
incredible. My first competition was the Synchro competition. I
remember standing on the ward looking at the water and seeing the
Olympic rings and thinking, wow, I have actually become an Olympic.
For me the individual competition went well. I came seventh. For 14
euros, I consider that very good. Tom Daley. -- 14 years old. Going
into 2009 it was the World Championships. I was 15. I came
away with a gold medal, quite unexpected. That was my greatest
I went in there completely not expecting to win a medal. It's I
went in there and just tried my best. I rumbled some of the Chinese
competitors and came away with the Going into 2010, I went to be, was
games. It was an amazing event. -- going to the Commonwealth Games. I
did not expect to come away with two medals. That was a great
achievement. In 2011, I had four new diets. It increased my degree
of difficulty. I ended up coming fifth at the watch and the chips,
but that was expected because of the four at New dives that I had. -
- the World Championships. It is about time that we got some
good news in our family. It has been a very tough few years, losing
family members and things like that. For me it will be great, and for my
family, to be had -- to be able to have a good Olympic Games. 2012,
the Olympics are just around the corner. I have become world series
champion individually and also in the synchronised competition. So
for me, I cannot wait to go to the Olympic Games in London, compete in
front of a home crowd, and I cannot wait to get there and compete.
You can find out much more about his campaign for Olympic gold in
Tom Brady, diving for Britain, on BBC One, Monday 21st July.
This time four years ago, a 19- year-old swam her way into Olympic
history by winning two gold medals and setting a new world record.
Success has brought the weight of expectation for Rebecca Adlington,
but she has found some unusual ways of dealing with it.
You are quite a fan of the jigsaw. I love them. Do you fancy this one,
in 50 minutes? 100 pieces. Your time starts now.
competitiveness is going to come out in me. Where did it come from?
It is something that I loved going over. For me, you do not get angry,
or stressed, you are always going to solve it, it is not a problem
like a maths equation. Putting together and I love London one. You
qualified for London 2012. I feel pretty good. It was strange because
so many people were coming up to me and saying, of course you are going
to qualifiers. It was one of those things that is never a guarantee.
She is still using her feet, Rebecca Allington. I kind of a new,
but I was on target, towards the end of the race, and I was sick
thinking, yes, yes this is kind of it. -- it was such an emotional
time. Especially with Joe qualifying as well, I have got so
many amazing memories. Could we get two medals? It looked like it could
be Rebecca Adlington, the gold- medallist. Great Britain, gold and
bronze, Adlington and Jackson. It must have been incredible to share
the podium with someone you know so well. It is incredible, we were
thinking, has this just happens? We were shocked. It was amazing to
have two British girls up there. Especially one that I am so close
to. I would cherish those memories forever. No-one can take those
medals off me. People ask me where I keep them but I do not know. I
think they are at my parents' house. For me, my parents come to every
need that I have been too. They have been all over the world,
supporting me. It is so nice to share with them because they have
been behind me the whole way. I always feel that they are not just
my bagels, they belong to them as well. -- my medals. If I offered
you a gold in the 400 metres, and a silver in the 800 metres, would you
take it? I do not know. I would probably say no. I want to do my
best. 800 is the bent that I love a lot more. -- is the event. You won
two got in Beijing. It is obviously going to be two in London. I cannot
say that. That is what makes it exciting. It is going to be
extremely tough but I want to improve. Whether I come away with
gold, silver, bronze, as long as I have done my best, I would be happy.
How long was that? That was completed in less than 40 minutes.
But you did half. It was a joint effort.
On the 1st August, if all goes according to plan, Greg Searle will
line up in a growing final, begin to win Olympic gold at the age of
40. It will be 20 years to the day since he famously joined his
brother to take on one of the greatest running parings of all
time. They met up to talk us through that epic encounter in
Barcelona. We always knew that we could get to
the final and we believed that we could be -- we could win. It all
came together on that morning. They were not looking at us. It was like
David and Goliath. Literally. The night before the race, sitting down,
having a very earnest conversation, saying, we are good enough to win
this thing. If we come in any position except for first that
counts as losing. Do you remember thinking at the time, about now,
this is the Olympic final, maybe we are going to win a gold medal?
went away. I'm sitting here thinking, we planned this. We
planned this for the halfway mark, they are doing it straight away.
Not only did they go out to a land of clear water, they carried on
going. A left behind is not too bad. Now I'm thinking, right, Olympic
final, it is my job to make sure that we raise the race of our lives.
Does it schlocky when you looked at it now? I remember a day or two
later, and I could not believe it was our race. There is going to be
some fireworks to get back on terms. One month and a half. They are
going for a change of gear. This is where Gary did he is the thing. I
cannot remember many of the words that he actually said. But I
remember this unshakeable belief in his voice. We had only practised at
once or twice. What can they do here? They are making the effort
and closing the gap. We came into silver-medal position and I thought
wow, we are going to win the silver. I remember throwing their Ford away
and saying no, we are here to win. We have got 15 strokes to get to
the Italians. They are coming and coming again. They are going to go
through them. I think they can do it. I was looking at their bow man.
We were coming up, coming up, and they just kind of start running --
rowing. That is a great achievement. A fantastic race, what an amazing
upset. That is how you are meant to celebrate. You cannot describe it.
When you are on a medal podium, and you have the ultimate accolade,
there is nothing better, being at the Olympic Games, of representing
your country, winning, the flag are going up, the national anthem, it
does not get any better than that. It was she guts and courage. When I
look at what rate has done, my complete and utter emotion is
jealousy. Why didn't you bring me up and say, why didn't we do this
together? I like winning an Olympic gold medal, I like to do that, but
do I want to do all the training and be away from my family? I want
to be 22 again, winning a gold medal in Barcelona, I enjoyed it a
lot. Would I do it now? As a whole career, I am already proud of my
time. Darling into the Olympic Games, it is the same mentality as
it always was. -- going into. I would only be happy if I win.
Everything else will feel like losing.
That's it. The Games are almost upon us. So much has happened since
we started following Britain's Olympic hopefuls at the end of 2010.
For many, the dream of pique -- becoming a London an Olympian is
In a golden final edition of the show ahead of the Games, the team join some of the likely stars of the London Olympics, including swimming world champion Rebecca Adlington and high-profile heptathlete Jessica Ennis.
Ben Ainslie takes us on board in his bid for a fourth successive sailing gold medal, while we look back to the Searle brothers' unlikely rowing victory at the 1992 Barcelona Games and join younger brother Greg's bid for gold 20 years on.
Ore Oduba and Sonali Shah present.