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Tonight, a special programme. The Olympic countdown begins in earnest.
We are live in Loughborough, home of Team GB, and live in London. I'm
here at the Olympic Park. The Olympic Stadium, and now, open
today, the aquatic centre. We will be listing the ones to watch from
the East Midlands, and we will have exclusive access to our top
Olympians. More sightings of a young mother hours before she was
murdered. Police hunting her killer Billy she tried to flag down cars
for help. She was after just a lift Welcome to Loughborough. One year
from now, the world's greatest sporting event will be under way.
We are in Loughborough, which will be home to Team GB in 2012. The
impact on the East Midlands will be massive. More on that later, but
let's go down to the Olympic Park in London, to join our sports
editor. It is breathtaking. This is the main Olympic stadium that will
become so familiar in 366 days' time. The whole park is staggering.
Local businesses have helped build it. Volunteers from the East
Midlands will help staff it. You may have a ticket for the event
here. You may watch it on the TV, but one of the things that has
become clear to me is that this will be an event like no other.
This is what the Olympics meant to Mansfield in 2008. Unprecedented
crowds. What about 2012? Some of our Olympic greats have been in awe.
A venue can help bring the best out of an athlete. They will have a
test event next year, and then the Olympic Games themselves. You well
enough this. It will be the biggest How is Loughborough in the build up
to the in Olympic Games? It has the best university in the country. We
have is in preparation camp there. Every member of the team will go
through Loughborough in one form or the other. I was delighted that we
chose Loughborough, for obvious reasons. I try not get too biased
about it. Here's another man from Loughborough. Steve Backley. It is
very special. It makes it feel very real. It has been a long time
waiting. The sixties has gone quickly, but a lot of work has been
done in the meantime, and East -- keep getting update. I have been
here for the first time, and it is very special. Most of the action
will be in the capital, but readers like the East Midlands should feel
very much part of the Games. This is a games for the entire country,
and people across the UK are more than welcome in London. That is
Boris, and I will be down at Paul sideways-on -- late in the
programme. But it has been quite a It certainly sounds like it. The
Olympic Park is in an area where people might not know that well.
How easy will it be for people to find their way there? It is an
unfamiliar part. It is the East side of London. But they are fast
trains running from St Pancras to the heart of the park. There's a
new shopping centre being built in Stratford, and it takes 10 minutes
to reach here from St Pancras station. It is very much in the
breach of the East Midlands. Thank you very much. The Olympics have
resulted in many lucrative contracts for the East Midlands
businesses. They reckon the total amount available could be �300
million. Firms in our region are being encouraged to make the most
of this opportunity to grab this advantage of a decade that is being
called by some as a golden decade for British sport.
London has been calling for 2012. But now it is time to consider
Flying Down to Rio. It was a call made in Loughborough today.
Businesses burst to compete for contracts at Russia's Olympics in
three years' time. For the World Cup. And the Olympics in 2016.
Brazil is no different. With the right team behind Duke, we can
export ourselves to those markets. There are opportunities in
infrastructure. I had am sure that our products but we sell but can be
used. The government says that there is big business in big
there is big business in big sporting events like London 2012.
Around 220 businesses in our region Around 220 businesses in our region
will be involved. They won 315 contracts. A total value of �300
contracts. A total value of �300 million. It is claimed that just
getting your product out there during the Olympics can make a
difference. This lot profound is supplying hydrogen engines for
London taxis. It isn't ideal first deployments of these zero-emission
vehicles. -- it is an ideal deployment. Opportunities abroad
over the next decade cannot be ignored. Who is supplying the
curtain rails? Who is supplying the tickets to getting? They are many
small things that they really do need. They can be quite specialist.
Is the export recovery is to happen, businesses may have to be winners
in the world of sport, both home and away. East Midlands businesses
are being encouraged to have a shot at winning some new contracts. More
from us later in the programme, but now back to the studio. In other
news, police hunting the killer of a young mother in Nottingham say
there was a number of sightings of her flagging down traffic before
she was found. Caroline coin's body was found later. A picture of a
Her body was found by a -- with a head injuries. B28-year-old had
earlier left a party by foot, and a number of sightings like this one
at 1am saw her flagging down traffic. She was trying to flag
down buses. Somewhere on that route, she may have become de toric --
disorientated. Maybe she was after a lift home or just a bit of
comfort. Maybe someone did give her a brief lift. Again, it is it
important and vital that people come forward so we know what was
going through Caroline's minds. Police also want to know where this
size 3 trainer went. It was missing from her right but. If the person
responsible for killing Caroline has discarded that Sue, it may be
vital evidence. Eight photo of the T-shirt Caroline was wearing has
been released. Police are doing the rounds reassuring the public. It is
the public that will most likely hold the key for them. The nothing
she met -- the Nottinghamshire police authority... Nottinghamshire
police say that some stations are not accused by the public and many
NICE to be saved. Police can be contacted via community centres
instead. The details of closures will be confirmed later this year.
We are having to make decisions about a Weatherby make these kind
of savings or whether we reduce the amount of police officers doing
frontline activities, and we clearly said that our priority is
to keep officers involved in neighbourhood policing and the
front line. We believe that is the priority that the public want.
than 300 jobs will be created if a supermarket is built on a former
after -- hospital site. Morrison's wants to build on the old
Derbyshire Royal Infirmary site. The company says it is aiming to
open at the end of next year if planning permission go through
smoothly. There will be opportunities for construct and
workers. One of our biggest manufacturers has switched on the
biggest Solar Panel rate at any factory. They have been installed
in record time. The power from the solar panels will provide enough
energy to build 7,000 cars per year. That is all from us. Time to go
back to Loughborough. Thank you. They keep tell -- they keep telling
us that the Olympics is not just about winning medals, but also
about the taking part. And also inspiring young people. Charnwood
Athletics Club inspiring -- I am in Derby Market Place, where
they have been marking the final countdown to London 2012 today.
Let's be to one -- I will be speaking to one of our Olympic
locals. And the weather tomorrow is likely to be a knockout. I will
have the weather at the end of the As you can see it is all beginning
to happen here. There is a proud sporting tradition at Loughborough
University. When the 2000 Olympics happened, what effect all that have
on the town? It might be over 100 miles to the
Olympic village, but five-under million pounds of improvements are
under way at the train station. is great news. There are platform
extensions. We have wanted them for many years, we have increased
parking, if we also have new lifts. Many of the athletes, they will see
this town for the first time. staff are looking for to read. They
are having the Japanese team, they have been burning a few words are
Japanese. It is not just that the train station where the work is
taking place. Hearing the centre of the town, there is building under
way on a new hotel. They are excited about what the Olympics can
be the last breath. A it will be very good for the town. Go Team GB.
We will bring money to the town. I'll be there! A I think it ought
to have a lot for the town. Olympics will be massive the
Loughborough. The tower has suffered over the last 18 months.
With the Olympics being here, we have Japan, the Olympic team, that
will be a great boost, for the years to come as well. Hopes are
high that it will not just be the athletes getting the gold.
They are doing their warm-up exercises, looking at them I am
feeling tired just watching. It is not just about the athletes, there
are thousands of volunteers who will be helping the smooth running
of the Olympic Games. They are called Games Makers, we joined a
tour of the candidates during the selection process.
Over 240,000 people have applied to volunteer, that only 70,000 will be
Games Makers. Clement is having his it burst into view. I'm a bit
nervous. I'm not used to interviews. The difference between the games is
the volunteers. I used to be a football referee. I've always
enjoyed the Olympics. I want to try and make it a success for the
British people. They should not be nervous. It is a one that to one a
discussion of what they can tell us about their skills and experience.
It is not like a job interview. Mean there is a volunteer, she is
helping to do the interviews. was excited when I heard London was
going to get the Olympics. I was pleased with how it went. When she
asked me about anything challenging, I was surprised. I delivered a baby
last week. If I can do that, I can do the Olympics.
I am sure he can. Clement proving there that he can deliver. He will
hear the has got the job in October. Let's go back to Derby and enjoy
another Olympic celebration. They have been staging a party here
all day. It is the only one of its kind outside London. People are
looking at some of the Olympic torches close-up. This man was part
of the Olympic torch relay team back in 1948. The main reason today
was to give youngsters the chance to have a go at different Olympic
sports. Boxing will there be a sport for women for the first time
next year. I am joined by Naomi Reid. My dad was a professional
boxer. You are triple jumping, if 20 Todd has come to Cynthia? Yes it
has. I'll be 18 when the Olympic comes. How confident will be be
ball-winning something at the next Olympics? And I'll try my hardest.
You have seen kids having a chance, it is great to see. Yeah, I have
seen some of the kids doing triple- jumper. If they are at a very high
standard. The bigger the Olympics will have a big legacy in
Derbyshire for? I hope so. The torch coming to Dhabi is massive.
Derby is planning on building a new track. Back to you.
Thank you very much. Coming up later in the programme. We are
going back to the aquatic centre. Find out how crocheted lie-ins and
ceramic flyer -- flowers are playing their part in the Olympics
There is no doubt that facilities here at Loughborough University are
superb. Let's talk to the Director of Sport, Chris Earle. It feels
more real now, we one year to go? The children are inspired by the
fact it is coming up soon. Deep think it all come down to medals?
It matters that we get at least 4th in the medal table, that is where
we were in Beijing, that is our aspiration this time. You must be
excited on a personal level, this has been five years in the making?
We are very excited. It is a fantastic opportunity for a bus.
How do you think that you're at Leeds will do in London next here?
I think we will do well. We have this a 19 based here, we have the
athletics team as well. They will make a good account of themselves.
I have no predictions. Thank you very much for talking to us.
There is a lot more sport going on. Welcome back to London. This is the
aquatics venue. It is a spectacular setting. 17,500 supporters will be
in here. The most notable feature is the wave like a roof. Tom Daly
will be performing the first dive in a BBC One Special shortly after
our programme. We are hoping their medals in one year's time. Heres
might take on the East Midlands as to watch.
Rebecca Addington was the first one to win gold last year, it would be
remarkable to repeat its, she will be disappointed not to get one.
This man has been set back by illness. On the track we are
expecting medals, this girl has showed signs of returning to her
best. Andy Turner has a medal in his sights. As long as we do not
drop the baton, we have a very good record in relays. Our hockey sides
are remarks the world's elite. Piggy French should be in the medal
hunt in the eventing. This man may be our surprise package.
They will be medals in people, we all know about Rebecca Badminton --
Rebekah Addington. The swimming team have given the exclusive
These are some of Britain have's the best swimmers. Ballet was part
of their preparation for the World Championships. We are all ready to
go to performance. It is about thinking how you use your body.
Over the next 12 months you'll be getting to know this team if Batty
follow their Olympic process. Fran Halsall, I swim freestyle and
sometimes but applied. Saw me maybe an individual support -- sport, but
this is death and the team. We have so much banter, he it is a lot of
fun. It is like a team sport. not let the joking full-year, they
are as dedicated as they come. the head coach of the intensive
training centre. Early-morning starts, strict diets, and miles and
miles of practice. You cannot say died in and give me a gold medal,
you have to look at your strike rate, when you are breathing, if
how many kicks you do off the turn. It is all about the Olympics. Some
of the group will be hoping for a medal, others know they are just
trying to make the team. It is a dreamy have had since a child. I
want to be the surprise winner on the team. We will have the inside
track on the swimmers are aiming to be Britain proud.
This is where their journey will end. The Olympic Paul. The world's
media attention will be focused here. We may be the only original
crew allowed here, but they are 1000 representatives from all
points of the world. Looking good. Meet the athletes of
the future. They are doing toning up exercises. Crocheted a lions and
ceramic flowers, not the first thing you would associate with the
Olympic Games. But they are works that had been a commission to tie
in with the Games. Two artists we are very different
works of art. They are part of the Cultural Olympiad. This manner is
producing ceramic flowers, they are moulded from play with painstaking
detail. I am producing 2000 ceramic flowers to go around the country. I
am producing things like this. This is going to Blenheim Palace. The
roses are going to the Houses of Parliament. Marrying the arts with
the Olympics is not a new idea. Up until the 19 up 50s artists created
works are that was up -- inspired by sport. It is clear to see the
scale of challenge is still there. This artist has spent 18 months
working on a three joined crocheted lions. They are inspired by the
Olympics. She has got prove 36 miles a Derbyshire were all. --
wall. The Lions are going to tour the region. The art work which has
been produced will last for decades. There is all relate what we do to
raise specific time when this time hosted an Olympic Games. With one
year to go, there is clearly a lot left to do. Both artists are hoping
that they will leave a legacy supporting sport and culture.
We liked our art. Merle art, this is my Romeo and Juliet moment. Are
you there? I am hoping you are going to come up and rescue me. It
is far too early to think about the weather for the next 12 months.
Something like today would be Something like today would be
perfect. We have had a cloudy all week so far. We expect it to stay
that way. It will be a little bit he made. Let's look at tonight.
This was sent in by Graham. He was out harvesting using a 1940s binder.
It has been a cloudy day. You can see the cloud of bubbling up. There
are only one or two breaks in the cloud. That is how it will stay
going into the evening. As we go overnight, the cloud will be
increasing. We expect some low cloud are too old in. -- to come in.
A minimum temperature of 13 Celsius. Tomorrow is a cloudy start. It will
lead than clear, we are hopeful it will become a brighter day, maybe a
little bit of sunshine. With that sunshine, temperatures will warm up,
23 Celsius. Friday will see high pressure, are a few showers first
thing, dry and brighter as we go into the afternoon. The outlook on
Saturday will be Brier -- dry and sunny. A good weekend.
What do you think of this? And the original Olympic torch from 1948.
That is yours to borrow, to borrow. What will the weather be like for