Gabby Logan presents highlights from today's athletes' parade in Manchester to celebrate the 800 athletes who represented Great Britain at the Olympics and Paralympics.
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Good evening and welcome back to Manchester, where we have enjoyed a
fantastic celebration of what was a wonderful summer of sport for
Paralympic GB and Team GB, and the rain here in Manchester certainly
didn't dampen the spirits. # Breeze driftin' on by,
you know how I feel Andy Murray is a double
Olympic gold medallist! Sarah Storey is Great Britain's most
successful Paralympian! Adam Peaty takes Olympic
gold for Great Britain! That is a third gold
medal for Bethany Firth! Glover and Stanning defend
their Olympic title. # Blossom on the tree,
you know how I feel # It's a new dawn, it's a new day,
it's a new life for me, yeah, COMMENTATOR: A double gold
medallist in the 100 metres. Alistair Brownlee, the Olympic
trialthon champion! Kadeena Cox, gold in the Velodrome
and gold now on the track. # Scent of the pine,
you know how I feel # Oh, freedom is mine,
and I know how I feel # Yes, it's a new dawn, it's
a new day, it's a new life for me COMMENTATOR: Laura Trott
is Britain's most successful female Max Whitlock - double
Olympic champion. Jason Kenny's got it,
a sixth gold medal! Mo Farah is going to
get the double double. It is a mixture of sunshine and
showers, almost exactly one month since the closing ceremony of the
Paralympics so it is a chance today to relive events in Rio and refresh
memories, which is worth doing bearing in mind what was achieved.
There will be youngsters watching who revel in the success and take it
for granted that in Olympic terms winning medals is normal. Go back 20
years to Atlanta, there was one gold medal at the Olympics. Steve
Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent. I can remember being part of a team that
came back, and our parade was a convertible car. Float number one
has just started moving. Libby, how does that memory fit in your own
mind? It feels like such a long time ago, so much has happened since
then. Been on holiday, been visiting family and friends so it feels like
a long time ago already. Any downside to wearing your two medals?
They keep bashing together, having two they get scratched really
easily. Never mind! Looking down on the city of Manchester and a
reminder of what was achieved. The Olympic Games, Great Britain and
Northern Ireland claimed 67 medals altogether, and ahead of China in
the table which is always a useful marker, behind only the United
States. Two more medals overall than managed at London 2012. Paralympics,
147 medals in total, 27 more than in London.
It is an absolute treat, Manchester looking resplendent. Jazz, I will
come to you first because it must seem like ages ago when you won your
first silver medals but here you are taking in the applause you deserve.
What is it like? We have had a bit of rain but that has not dampened
it. We thank the public for the support because it has been
incredible. Write until we landed we had incredible support from everyone
and it is amazing to be here today and thank everyone. Jack, I'm sure
you want to say the same message. Rio was some time ago and now you
finally get to meet the public that gave so much support. Yes, it is
nice to do it with the Olympians and Paralympians together as well. For
me personally I had no idea what the sport was like at home. To come back
and see thousands of people in the streets of Manchester, out in the
rain as well earlier. They have stuck through it, it is nice to be
here and to be able to say thank you to everybody because they are
massive part of it as well. Becky James, world champion, and a double
Olympic medallist as well. Just talk about your journey you had for the
three years building up the Rio 2016 because a lot of people won't
remember what you went through to be here on this float, enjoying the
Manchester crowd you know so well and rejoicing what was a great
summer. It was a really tough journey. The two years coming into
the Olympics was really hard, especially from 2014 I was injured.
I had a long period off. I had a really good year out from Rio, and
to be standing here with two medals aren't to be celebrating with
everybody is incredible. Anne Dickins, four years ago what were
you doing? Standing on the side of a road just like this, waving at the
athletes I had been looking after at 2012 and I was a games maker at that
very parade so it seems funny to be on a float waving back at the
people. And was competing at the Games a dream or at Fort or none of
that? I always said it would be nice to get the Rio, but to get the -- to
the final and to win a medal was more of a dream than I could ever
have hard. It is difficult to know where to look and who to mention,
there's so many to talk about, and big crowds. We are expecting upwards
of 100,000 in Albert Square, where the parade will end with an onstage
performance and greeting of the athletes.
It has been a normal year, hasn't it, Joe, and here you are in
Manchester, just normal, isn't it? Yes, just normal! It is fantastic to
see everybody supporting Team GB and the Paralympians, and the rain has
just about stopped. Could you have imagined all those months ago this
is how you would be celebrating? This is a dream, to be standing here
with this around my neck is a dream achieved. We are here living it and
it is amazing. Float number 12 has Olympic rugby, Olympic sailing,
shooting, tennis, triathlon, and Matthew Pinsent is on float number
12. Lutalo Muhammad, I'm afraid the only
question anyone will ask you for years is why didn't you run away?
There's a lot of cold of course! Losing by 0.1 with one seconds ago
was devastating but being here I cannot help but smile, I am in great
spirits and I have another opportunity in four years which I
will take with both hands. Everybody lived with you through those tearful
moments, that must have been horrendous at the time. It was
absolutely devastating, probably one of the lowest points of my life but
the sun did rise the next morning and I've got another opportunity in
four years. I'm still very blessed to be an Olympic silver medallist as
sad as it was at the time so it is all smiles. Hannah Russell, and
Bethany Firth who has come complete with poncho. Very cleverly done,
Bethany. You know all about wet weather. This is just a little bit
of something. Yes, nothing will stop us smiling. Exactly, Great Britain's
most successful Paralympian 2016, that is huge. We can see all four of
your medals, what did that feel like? It just meant that all of
those hours of training were worth it and the whole team did incredible
as well so it was great to be out there. Your housemates in Rio as
well, Hannah Russell, who didn't do too badly either, three medals in
total, two of them gold. How nice is it to celebrate with the British
public? It is fantastic, this time around to have a parade in
Manchester and London is incredible. Everyone can get together and
celebrate the success Britain has had. It might be wet but look at the
smiles on these girls' faces. The time has come, this is what we
are all here for so first onto the Albert Square stage, ladies and
gentlemen, the British Paralympic athletes!
# Gold! Always believe in your soul # You've got the power to know your
indestructible # Always believe
# Hannah, I'm going to jump in here, you can share my umbrella.
The unstoppable Hannah Cockroft. Two gold medals in London, two in Rio,
you have done some phenomenal things. How are you, looking back on
it? It means nothing until you come somewhere like this and see the
amount of people behind it. Thank you for coming out into this
terrible weather and supporting us. Another man who knows the taste of
victory, Richard Whitehead. There wasn't much question about you
bringing home the 200 metres gold but the 100 metres gold, if that
race had been 101 metres long I reckon you would have added. If it
was 101 metres maybe I would be retired now and not thinking about
moving on to Tokyo so today is a great celebration about what we did
in Rio, but without the support here in Manchester and the rest of Great
Britain, it is all about you guys really. So thank you for the
support. You are awesome. Without the volunteers, the national lottery
players, everyone in gold hats, we love you!
# I've got to kiss myself I'm so pretty...
#. Jessica, come over here. Jessica
Ennis-Hill, Manchester! The rain stopped appropriately. I know, I'm
not looking very glamorous. What was the parade like? Incredible, we
cannot thank you enough for the support you have given all these
years, and for you to turn out and cheer and wave your flags is
incredible, thank you. We know you have announced your retirement
now... I tell you what, we might have a future in panto if this
continues. How long did you think about it?
It was a tough decision, I knew in my heart it was the right decision
but it was still difficult to make it public and say it. The messages
and support I've had over the years has been incredible. I can't thank
you all enough, it's been very special. Ladies and gentlemen, the
British athletes, Jessica Ennis-Hill.
What you make of a crowd like this? Think of the weather and how long
they have stood here, what does it mean to you to get this reaction? It
means everything to me, I would like to thank everybody for coming out
today, especially in the brain. Manchester, I love you! I think it's
fair to say Manchester loves you. -- especially in the rain. Enjoy the
rest of it. Can I do something cheeky? You always do. I'm going to
go down and do some cheeky selfies! That, ladies and gentlemen, is the
last we will see of Nicola Adams for the next two and a half hours. Let's
not forget every single member of the Team GB track cycling squad came
back with a medal from Rio. So did that help you all or did it kind of
put added pressure on as the Exxon went on Exxon went on the next one
went? Went? I think it really helped. Especially day one, Callum
and Phil won. They won and broke the Olympic record on day one of the
competition. For me, that gave me so much confidence in our team, the
preparation, the equipment, everything that we'd done together.
That gave me so much confidence they had won. Day one and Phil was
running around with his medal and we were like, we want one as well. The
day we braced I remember looking up and seeing all the men's team
pursuit squad there watching us. I said, wow, they came to cheer us on.
I was so glad they done that and the next day I found out they'd been
told to be there for a BBC interview so it probably wasn't of their own
accord. But it was nice to see them all out there. Thank you so much for
talking to us, and all the team who have come out, Team GB cycling.
Dame Sarah Storey, you are the most successful female Paralympian GB has
ever produced. What does that mean to you?
It's huge. Tanni Grey Thompson is an incredible athlete, I voice looked
up to her. I don't think it will ever think in I had won more gold
medals than she has. She has been an incredible mentor to me throughout
my career and will continue to be so, she is so incredible. You've
done that crossed two sports but you've done two in the same games,
breaking a record that stood for 28 years for Great Britain. 32! 32? Who
wrote these cards? Yeah, it was fun. I went out there to achieve what I
did. We weren't sure if it was going to go as well as it did but I went
out there and performed the best I could and I'm happy with what I did.
Max Whitlock, take a bow. What you did in Rio was phenomenal. Talk us
through that day. It was a crazy day. To do it in the
space of an hour and a half was unbelievable. The support we've had
this whole journey and for you guys to be here today, even in this
weather is just incredible. We didn't realise how much support we
had until we stepped off that plane, so thank you. In terms of support...
CHEERING 10 million people were watching you.
Did you kind of comeback, were you getting stopped in the street
everywhere? The recognition has gone up a bit, but for the individuals,
for the sports profile, it's been incredible. The amount of gymnasts
I've heard doing gymnastics today is crazy. So hopefully we can keep that
continuing, that's been our mission, to inspire generations, inspire
people into sport, so we're doing quite well in it. Ladies and
gentlemen Lee Pearson was the first man into the stadium because he was
the flag bearer for ParalympicsGB. How did that one feel? I got awful
friend saying do something funny with the flag over your face. I was
like, this is the most important time of my life, I'm going to intend
to stay on the scooter and not drop the flag. You manage that and you
manage to stay was taken gold and silver. You got an individual silver
in 2012 that determine due to come back and get the this year? It did.
Just before 2012 this particular horse broke my back in four places,
but he did behave himself out in Rio and I love him to bits. The silver
medal was so important on the Wednesday, and on the Friday we
picked on and did our job and got the gold.
Please put your hands together for the Olympic hockey team! CHEERING
AND APPLAUSE I knew that was going to get a big
round of applause. You could feel every decibel of that
cheer. Doing it in style! , and have a chat. Captain Kate
Richardson-Walsh. Are you all right? Yes, I'm a little bit like a drowned
rat but I'm a Mancunian, so I'm totally fine with it! Back on home
turf? Yes, lovely to be home, thanks for having us. I've said it before
and lots of people have said it since, 9 million watched on the
Friday night. Do you feel that was the defining moment for women's
sport, team sport? I think all of the performances from
the Paralympics and the Olympians, everyone did an amazing job. For
women and young girls were just saying to them, go out and achieve
your dreams. You can do if you work hard, if you're dedicated, anything
can happen. Helen and Katherine, don't try and
hide. Step forward, step forward. Hello
ladies. Do you think it's hard for them to appreciate for you guys
training is quite lonely? You are up and out early, anti-social hours.
With that in mind, how important our days like this?
It's amazing because you almost feel quite selfish that your training
every single day for a goal that is the biggest thing you can think of,
it feels like you're the only one that cares. When you race and you
realise you might have inspired some on, you might have made some on's
date, you might have made them excited, you might have got them to
pick up a new sport you realise, it's not about me, it's about
everyone, young and old. You don't have to want to be the next big
thing, you don't have to want to be the next Olympian, but what you can
gain from sport from health and fitness and making new friends, it's
just endless. The fact that we can do our jobs and be so lucky to do
what we do for a living, and have a reception like this at the end of
the day, I think it blows all of our minds.
The strength of British rowing is phenomenal and gets better and
better. And also the style and good-looking. Look at them! Didn't
get quite a big cheer! That was just friends and family. I mean, it is.
The whole team has been so successful crossed all the sports.
And in the crowd as well! I think we know there is an expectation to
deliver big results now and we'll know that's what we're aiming for
and the intensity day to day in training comes through in those big
results. Everyone who saw the success in London and enjoyed the
big day is out after that knew what it'll be like. Everyone wanted to
have a day like this. I love these hats by the way. Do you want one?
Yes, I do. Can somebody here...? Health and safety wouldn't have been
very happy there, you could have had my eye out. There you go. CHEERING
Now I've got you a hat hopefully you won't stump me for this question,
what's next? Holiday. Good. Huge congratulations, your third
Olympic Games, how did this one compare? It was great, to come from
a home games in London, which is outstanding, and come to this one in
Rio was incredible. I'm so shocked by all the people who have come out
today and supported us. But it's fantastic, so thank you. Ellie
Robinson, I'm disappointed you've come down with your hood down after
that entrance in Rio. What was it like coming out that incredible Rio
crowd? The crowd in Rio were amazing, they knew how to get
everyone going. When you walked out for your race, it was an amazing
atmosphere to walk out and it got you going for your race. In a word,
you two are so smiley and new support each other, but what about
in the pool? Does that get wiped off and there's a more serious rivalry?
Yes, I'm very competitive. That was a quick answer! LE beat me in some
of the races are not happy about that. Hopefully that will change in
Tokyo. -- Ellie I support my team-mates all the way, the whole of
ParalympicsGB and Olympics GB. Where a great team and we're proud to be
British, so it's great. We were talking about the growth of some
other sports. Taekwondo has grown, even from when you were there in
London, 2012? I remember going to London on the would say, what sport
do you do? They didn't know what taekwondo was. Now I'm going on the
bus and everyone is screaming Jay Jones and knows me and knows the
sport, it's just unbelievable, really, the difference in a few
years. -- Jade Jones. What was the difference between competing in
London and Rio? In London I was just a young kid that went there and
bought my heart out and won. This time it was so different. I had all
that pressure going into it. I didn't think how much better it
would be until I got there. It was just light relief, more than
anything. Lutalo seems to be working the crowd differently to what's
going on on stage. The final sport is the triathlon team!
# Gold, you've got the power to know # You are indestructible
# Always believed # You are gold #.
We have our men's competitors here. Alistair and Jonny Brownlee!
CHEERING Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, we were
having a bit of the debate because we were saying, will they come or
won't they? They are not the kind of guys that
say yes, here we are, we are fabulous. What you make of this
afternoon? It's been fantastic. I would have preferred if the coaches
had carried on going along the M62 going home... At least we would have
got some sunshine then. Thanks for joining us, goodbye! He's kidding,
he's kidding. You are joking, right? Of course. The support has been
fantastic. You do spend your life travelling and embracing all over
the place, you don't quite get a grasp of how many people, hopefully
follow what you do. That's what events like these are so special,
seeing people on the side of the road cheering you on and they've
been watching the Olympics, fantastic. Let's talk of Mexico,
that photo of the two of you and you helping him went viral. CHEERING
I'm not going to get heat exhaustion tonight, I'm telling you that! It
was incredible. I went to hospital the night after the race and I woke
up and turned my phone and it crashed and you realised how viral
that video when. It's a weird situation in sport when you actually
become more well known for losing a race venue did for winning the race.
If anything came out of it, it's very good for the sport and it made
Alistair good as well. You are both very, very good for the sport and
we're very grateful you are here. Ladies and gentlemen, despite his
comments, a massive round of applause, Alistair and Jonny
Have you had a good afternoon? Brilliant. Ellie Simmonds said it
best, is she so proud to be British. It's so easy to understand when you
see a crowd like this that come out and braved the rain, they braved the
wind and go wild for our incredible GB athletes. We have to say, one
massive, big round of applause once again for Team GB and ParalympicsGB.
Good night. It has been a wonderful reminder of what was a super summer
in Rio for Team GB and for many of these athletes out here this is the
last hurrah, the last party, the hard work starts very soon, as they
go back to training ready for another cycle. But fear not, because
Tokyo is only 1376 days away. From all of us, a very good night.
Semi... ..finals. I think the flavour's perfect.
Drama. Jeopardy. I just haven't been sleeping.
Excitement. Tension. This is manic.
Gabby Logan presents highlights from today's athletes' parade in Manchester to celebrate the 800 athletes who represented Great Britain at the Olympics and Paralympics.