Episode 16 British Olympic Dreams


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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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business loans or mortgages. Time now for British Olympic Dreams.

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The crowd are on their feet! What a start! Olympic champion! Bringing

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Great Milton get the gold medal! -- Great Britain. What a performance!

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 47 seconds

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The Olympic champion! Absolutely Two of gold medals from Rebecca

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Adlington! You are absolutely brilliant!

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He has destroyed them in the home straight! Mo Farah does it again!

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Jessica Ennis! She concerns the status as the very best.

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Welcome to a special Golden edition of British Olympic dreams. The most

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famous clock in the world is ticking down to the Games. Let the

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final preparations begin. Today we bring you a choice

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selection of Team GB's brightest hopes for success. First up the

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sailor who launched the Torch Relay at Land's end in May. Already the

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winner of three gold medals, Canon Ben Ainslie make it four in a row?

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-- can. He is a fierce competitor on the

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water. To beat him you have to be at your very best. If you are not

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you do not have a shot. He is a fantastic athlete, probably going

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to beat the best sailing at great there has ever been. I can

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seriously say I know no-one I would put my money on more than Ben

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Ainslie. Every time he does the business.

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I think that his talent will be recognised for many generations.

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is a very quiet guy, just gets on with his business. Doesn't really

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worry about what is happening around him. I can see a lot of

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money within him. It makes you feel very proud to

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represent your country at the Olympics. That is where the special

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aspects of the Olympic Games, that you are representing Great Britain

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on the world stage and you feel that so much more at the Olympics.

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The British team has done fantastically well. This is an

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incredible opportunity for London 2012. When you talk about living at

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the Olympic level, it is obviously a lot about hard work, what you are

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willing to put into it. Most importantly it is about dealing

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with the pressure of racing at the Olympic Games. It is only every

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four years. You may or may not get another opportunity to be there. It

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is a lot to deal with. You have to be have to handle that pressure

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when it counts at the key moments. It is such a cliche to say that the

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top performers raise their game when it matters. But no-one does

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that like Ben. You never doubt. You never doubt on a last race that he

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will come up with the goods. It is literally just channelling all of

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that aggression and make it productive, working hard at being

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more physical, being aggressive and tactical. I think that race against

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rabbit in the Sydney Olympics was the most pressure I have felt in my

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career. -- Robert. There was so much at stake in regard step our

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personal battle which we had been having for four years. Robert one

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in the 1996 Olympics. I got the silver. -- won the gold medals. If

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I lost again in Sydney that would have been very hard to take. He is

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the kind of guy that you can never count out of a race, even when he

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is in a tough situation, he seems to break back. You can always be

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sure that he will be behind you and try to pass you and doing his best

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to be the winner in the end. I dreamed of going to the Olympics

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maybe one day and maybe being successful. But I never dreamt that

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I would get the opportunity to do it on home waters. We had all that

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training can see when we were kids. It would be incredible. It is a

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pretty special place. They have been training there for many years.

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It is home away from home. There will be a lot of people going down

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to see Ben Ainslie complete and be part of that moment. Hopefully he

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can win another gold medal. It is a sport I have made my life. It is

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what I enjoy doing. To be ever to race at the Olympics at the highest

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level, that is what keeps me going and focused and determined to try

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Jessica Ennis started 2011 a strong favourite for heptathlon Alan bit

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of gold. But the subsequent loss of set indoor and outdoor totals shows

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nothing is certain in sport. We joined her with her coach she

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competed at the prestigious golf this meeting in Austria, a crucial

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dress-rehearsal for the Olympics. In Austria in a small town, this

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will be the one heptathlon that Jessica does before the Olympics.

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Is the one chance to see what kind of shape she is sent. Everybody is

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here except for my javelin coach. But it is great to have everyone

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here. The physiotherapist. They know my body inside out.

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Those socks are terrible. It is tense when you're coming to

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debate. It is nice to bring a bit of humour a few days before the

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event. Just about to start. They will

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start the first event. She went well and she is happy. Card asked

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for anything more than that. -- we cannot ask for.

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We have to be happy with that. A little bit nervous about the jumps.

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We have not done any jumping competitions before coming here. We

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will see. I think it should be all She will not be happy with that in

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the slightest. We'll just move on. A very solid shot board, her

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season's best. -- shot put. If she can run quicker than 2321, heaven

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You know the last five metres? You needed to lay in in! A I have a lot

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more to do tomorrow. -- lean in. tension in this event. Don't try

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too hard. But still put in an I am so glad I have not come away

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Personal best. Nice that. If she runs to 14, she might break the

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I am so pleased that I managed to get most of the events right and

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scored a personal best and the British record. It is brilliant. It

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is all about the Olympics now. I have done my first heptathlon of

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the season. My next big one is the Olympics. It is very much here now.

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I'm ready. Now to a hopeful who is used to a

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bird's eye view. Tom Daley. He media spotlight has been fixed

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on him since he made his debut in Beijing aged just 14, turning him

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into a house on it. But what does he reckon about his rise to stardom

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and chances of success in London? Who better to tell us and the young

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We have known he is quite special. My first Olympic Games were in

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Beijing in 2008. I was the youngest member of Team GB, only 14 years

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old. It was an amazing experience. I can remember going there and

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being completely taken back by how big the Olympics were. I remember

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walking out the Opening Ceremony seeing all of these thousands of

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people cheering and the audience and just the scale of the event was

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incredible. My first competition was the Synchro competition. I

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remember standing on the ward looking at the water and seeing the

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Olympic rings and thinking, wow, I have actually become an Olympic.

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For me the individual competition went well. I came seventh. For 14

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euros, I consider that very good. Tom Daley. -- 14 years old. Going

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into 2009 it was the World Championships. I was 15. I came

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away with a gold medal, quite unexpected. That was my greatest

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I went in there completely not expecting to win a medal. It's I

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went in there and just tried my best. I rumbled some of the Chinese

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competitors and came away with the Going into 2010, I went to be, was

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games. It was an amazing event. -- going to the Commonwealth Games. I

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did not expect to come away with two medals. That was a great

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achievement. In 2011, I had four new diets. It increased my degree

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of difficulty. I ended up coming fifth at the watch and the chips,

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but that was expected because of the four at New dives that I had. -

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- the World Championships. It is about time that we got some

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good news in our family. It has been a very tough few years, losing

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family members and things like that. For me it will be great, and for my

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family, to be had -- to be able to have a good Olympic Games. 2012,

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the Olympics are just around the corner. I have become world series

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champion individually and also in the synchronised competition. So

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for me, I cannot wait to go to the Olympic Games in London, compete in

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front of a home crowd, and I cannot wait to get there and compete.

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You can find out much more about his campaign for Olympic gold in

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Tom Brady, diving for Britain, on BBC One, Monday 21st July.

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This time four years ago, a 19- year-old swam her way into Olympic

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history by winning two gold medals and setting a new world record.

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Success has brought the weight of expectation for Rebecca Adlington,

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but she has found some unusual ways of dealing with it.

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You are quite a fan of the jigsaw. I love them. Do you fancy this one,

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in 50 minutes? 100 pieces. Your time starts now.

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competitiveness is going to come out in me. Where did it come from?

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It is something that I loved going over. For me, you do not get angry,

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or stressed, you are always going to solve it, it is not a problem

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like a maths equation. Putting together and I love London one. You

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qualified for London 2012. I feel pretty good. It was strange because

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so many people were coming up to me and saying, of course you are going

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to qualifiers. It was one of those things that is never a guarantee.

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She is still using her feet, Rebecca Allington. I kind of a new,

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but I was on target, towards the end of the race, and I was sick

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thinking, yes, yes this is kind of it. -- it was such an emotional

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time. Especially with Joe qualifying as well, I have got so

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many amazing memories. Could we get two medals? It looked like it could

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be Rebecca Adlington, the gold- medallist. Great Britain, gold and

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bronze, Adlington and Jackson. It must have been incredible to share

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the podium with someone you know so well. It is incredible, we were

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thinking, has this just happens? We were shocked. It was amazing to

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have two British girls up there. Especially one that I am so close

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to. I would cherish those memories forever. No-one can take those

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medals off me. People ask me where I keep them but I do not know. I

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think they are at my parents' house. For me, my parents come to every

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need that I have been too. They have been all over the world,

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supporting me. It is so nice to share with them because they have

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been behind me the whole way. I always feel that they are not just

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my bagels, they belong to them as well. -- my medals. If I offered

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you a gold in the 400 metres, and a silver in the 800 metres, would you

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take it? I do not know. I would probably say no. I want to do my

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best. 800 is the bent that I love a lot more. -- is the event. You won

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two got in Beijing. It is obviously going to be two in London. I cannot

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say that. That is what makes it exciting. It is going to be

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extremely tough but I want to improve. Whether I come away with

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gold, silver, bronze, as long as I have done my best, I would be happy.

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How long was that? That was completed in less than 40 minutes.

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But you did half. It was a joint effort.

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On the 1st August, if all goes according to plan, Greg Searle will

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line up in a growing final, begin to win Olympic gold at the age of

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40. It will be 20 years to the day since he famously joined his

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brother to take on one of the greatest running parings of all

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time. They met up to talk us through that epic encounter in

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Barcelona. We always knew that we could get to

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the final and we believed that we could be -- we could win. It all

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came together on that morning. They were not looking at us. It was like

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David and Goliath. Literally. The night before the race, sitting down,

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having a very earnest conversation, saying, we are good enough to win

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this thing. If we come in any position except for first that

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counts as losing. Do you remember thinking at the time, about now,

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this is the Olympic final, maybe we are going to win a gold medal?

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went away. I'm sitting here thinking, we planned this. We

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planned this for the halfway mark, they are doing it straight away.

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Not only did they go out to a land of clear water, they carried on

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going. A left behind is not too bad. Now I'm thinking, right, Olympic

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final, it is my job to make sure that we raise the race of our lives.

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Does it schlocky when you looked at it now? I remember a day or two

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later, and I could not believe it was our race. There is going to be

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some fireworks to get back on terms. One month and a half. They are

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going for a change of gear. This is where Gary did he is the thing. I

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cannot remember many of the words that he actually said. But I

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remember this unshakeable belief in his voice. We had only practised at

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once or twice. What can they do here? They are making the effort

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and closing the gap. We came into silver-medal position and I thought

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wow, we are going to win the silver. I remember throwing their Ford away

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and saying no, we are here to win. We have got 15 strokes to get to

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the Italians. They are coming and coming again. They are going to go

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through them. I think they can do it. I was looking at their bow man.

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We were coming up, coming up, and they just kind of start running --

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rowing. That is a great achievement. A fantastic race, what an amazing

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upset. That is how you are meant to celebrate. You cannot describe it.

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When you are on a medal podium, and you have the ultimate accolade,

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there is nothing better, being at the Olympic Games, of representing

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your country, winning, the flag are going up, the national anthem, it

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does not get any better than that. It was she guts and courage. When I

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look at what rate has done, my complete and utter emotion is

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jealousy. Why didn't you bring me up and say, why didn't we do this

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together? I like winning an Olympic gold medal, I like to do that, but

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do I want to do all the training and be away from my family? I want

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to be 22 again, winning a gold medal in Barcelona, I enjoyed it a

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lot. Would I do it now? As a whole career, I am already proud of my

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time. Darling into the Olympic Games, it is the same mentality as

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it always was. -- going into. I would only be happy if I win.

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Everything else will feel like losing.

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That's it. The Games are almost upon us. So much has happened since

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we started following Britain's Olympic hopefuls at the end of 2010.

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For many, the dream of pique -- becoming a London an Olympian is

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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.


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