The Olympics

Will Perry, Eleanor Oldroyd and the 5 live team bring you the latest from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Featuring news, analysis and interviews with those going for Olympic gold.

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Sir Chris Hoy, Bradley Wiggins and Topping the Medal Table
Rowing pair Heather Stanning and Helen Glover end Great Britain’s five-day wait for Olympic gold while BBC Radio 2’s Simon Mayo gets carried away cheering on Team GB’s cycling sprint team. Sir Chris Hoy speaks about the unique design of the London Velodrome where he achieved his fifth Olympic gold medal. Seven-time Olympic medallist Bradley Wiggins speaks to Colin Murray about coping with the pressures of winning. After Chinese swimming star Ye Shiwen’s world record win at women's 400m individual medley, Radio 4's statistics programme “More or Less” asks if it really that extraordinary? World Service’s “The World Tonight” investigates the rivalry between China and USA at the London Olympic Games. Finally as millions tune in to watch the fastest 100 metres race in history, “The Now Show” speaks to the man who will fire the starting pistol.
Dátum: 2012-08-03 Idő: 17:20:00
Opening Ceremony, Rebecca Adlington and Olympic sex tests.
Comedians Rhod Gilbert and Lloyd Langford reflect on the Opening Ceremony of the London Games while singer Alex Trimble speaks about performing during the lighting of the cauldron. Ahead of Rebecca Adlington’s attempt to defend her Olympic 800m freestyle title, she reveals her thoughts on setting world record in Beijing and BBC Radio Nottingham speak to her fans in Mansfield. South African Caster Semenya returns to the Olympics after having her gender questioned at the World Athletic Championships in Berlin three years ago, BBC Radio 4's "Woman's Hour" investigates if the IOC's policy on testing for female hyperandrogenism is fair? In "Learning to Lose - An Olympic Confessional", slam poet Marshall Soulful Jones brings together the confessions of North American Olympic competitors who discuss the shame and agony of their losses. Finally as men’s gymnastics team celebrate Britain’s first Olympic team medal in over a century, BBC WM speaks to Kristian Thomas' supporters.
Dátum: 2012-08-01 Idő: 13:41:00
Michael Johnson, Shanaze Reade and David Quantick and...the Games begin!
Can David Rudisha dominate the 800 metres and finally achieve Olympic gold after missing out on Beijing through injury. Richard Bacon is joined by Olympian Michael Johnson and guests to discuss what may become the most competitive Olympic 100 meters race ever if Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Tyson Gay all run. As the rift between the BOA and triple jumper Phillips Idowu grows, UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee reveals why he will not be apologising. In a final London Calling, Eleanor Oldroyd speaks to rowing legends Martin Cross, Fred Scarlett and Kieran West about Greg Searle’s Olympic comeback. Can BMX rider Shanaze Reade put her bad luck behind her and secure a gold medal in London? David Quantick returns to Radio 2 to give the 2012 Games the full Blagger's Guide treatment.
Dátum: 2012-07-27 Idő: 16:40:00
Emma Pooley, Jeremy Hunt and fasting during the Olympics.
After Bradley Wiggins’ historic win of the Tour de France, Team GB cyclist Emma Pooley speaks about going for gold. BBC World Service investigates how top Muslim athletes are coping with the rigours of training and fasting as Ramadan falls over the Olympic fortnight. Tickets for wheelchair rugby or ‘murderball’ as it was originally known sold out in record time but can Team GB capitalise on the home advantage? After six years of planning and in the face of a strike by border agency staff, Minister for Culture, Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt speaks about an exciting and nerve wracking final week for the organisers. Millions of people worldwide will expecting to see records broken at the Olympics but can we really expect athletes to improve forever? Triple Jumper world record holder Jonathan Edwards, explores if or when we'll reach the limits of human physical achievement. Finally, how to convince the Boss to allow you to watch the Games at work.
Dátum: 2012-07-24 Idő: 17:00:00
USA Dream Team, Steve Backley and Olympic Village life
The Olympic Village will be home to 16,000 athletes and officials during the course of the Games but is it all work and no play? Eleanor Oldroyd finds out about the more steamy side of life in the Village. Judo star Ashley McKenzie reveals how his bad behavior nearly saw him miss the Olympics. Six-time Olympian archer Alison Williamson returns to her old primary school in Shropshire, while four-time Olympian Steve Backley tells BBC Radio Kent about his predictions for the Team GB medal haul. Will Ethiopian swimmer Yanet Seyoum be the next 'Eric the Eel'? Hundreds of millions of us will watch the Olympics on television but what about those sports fans who are blind or partially sighted? Radio 4’s Mani Djazmi learned about the trained “describers” who will provide audio description during the Games. After Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant claimed this year's London 2012 USA team could beat the 1992 USA Olympic Team, 5 Live looks back at the original Dream Team.
Dátum: 2012-07-20 Idő: 16:52:00
Olympic security, Zara Phillips and 95 medals for Team GB?
Lord Seb Coe, London 2012 chairman tells BBC 5 Live that Olympic security will not be compromised despite the contractor G4S’s failure to provide sufficient staff. As Britain’s Team Sky lead at the Tour de France, will they be able to recover in just five days to compete at the Olympics? Can Zara Phillips overcome her previous bad luck and make her Olympic eventing debut on her new horse High Kingdom? Radio 4 satirical “The Now Show” helps the young people digest all the latest news about the London Games. Team GB’s most capped hockey player Crista Cullen speaks about her recovery from recent injury and badminton singles player Rajiv Ouseph reveals his desire to inspire more young British Asians to become elite athletes. And can Team GB win 95 medals? It may be a pipe dream but that’s precisely what a panel of experts convened by BBC Radio 5 live's “Virtual Medal Table” predicted; Russell Fuller hears from the boxing experts and gold hopeful boxer Tom Stalker.
Dátum: 2012-07-17 Idő: 16:42:00
Olympic superstars are in town : Michael Johnson, Sally Pearson & Liu Xiang
Among the host of international athletes making their final preparations at the Aviva London Grand Prix is one of the hottest favourites for Olympic gold - Australian 100m hurdler Sally Pearson. How will the international superstars cope with ‘traditional’ British summer weather? Team USA sprinter Carmelia Jeter, world triple jump champion Christian Taylor and former world 5000m champion Bernard Lagat join Eleanor Oldroyd to give their views. Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang reveals the weight of expectation on him this year. Concerns over security, funding, transport and ticket sales – sound familiar? Clive James paints a picture of the Sydney Games in “Even As We Speak”. The Olympic motto is ‘faster, higher, stronger’, 5 Live and BBC World Service investigate how much this pinnacle of physical prowess has been enhanced by modern technology? Ivory Coast sprinter Murielle Ahoure speaks about her return to form and the legendary Michael Johnson carries the torch at Stonehenge.
Dátum: 2012-07-13 Idő: 17:45:00
Jonty Clarke, Jordanne Whiley and missiles in the East End.
Andy Murray and Jonathan Marray weren’t the only British finalists at Wimbledon, Jordanne Whiley also made history as part of the first all-British wheelchair tennis pair to make the final. Team GB hockey star Jonty Clarke explains why he values the public pressure and expectation attached to a home Games. After Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls was named in the British men's basketball squad for the Olympics, BBC Leicester’s John Sinclair speaks to Team GB captain Andrew Sullivan and head coach Chris Finch. BBC 5 Live Breakfast debates if surface-to-air missiles should be placed on the roof of East London flats during the London Games. Radio 2 travels back to the 1948 Austerity Games for The Ballads of the Games. Finally with less than three weeks until the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, the iconic Jet Pack Man of the 1984 Los Angeles Games carries the torch through Leicester.
Dátum: 2012-07-10 Idő: 16:45:00
Olympic heroes : Radmilovic, Bannister and Bolt
After the announcement of the Team GB Athletics squad, 18-year old sprinter Adam Gemili spoke his joy and surprise at his inclusion; 800m runner Lynsey Sharp on her controversial selection despite recording only a B qualifying time this season, and hurdler Andy Turner expresses relief after being named in the squad. Breaking records and gaining glory is the aim of every Olympian but who will make history this year? Usain Bolt was the icon of the 2008 games but after being beaten by his training partner Yohan Blake at the Jamaican national trials and withdrawing from this month’s Diamond League meet in Monaco, can the legendary sprinter return to Olympic glory? Eleanor Oldroyd speaks to Sir Roger Bannister about becoming the first man to run a mile in under four minutes in 1954. Finally, BBC Wales looks at the career of Wales' most successful Olympian, the Cardiff-born swimmer and water polo player Paulo Radmilovic.
Dátum: 2012-07-06 Idő: 16:49:00
Stuart Pearce, Christian Malcolm and the Olympic gardens
Spain maybe European Champions but Britain is looking forward to securing an Olympic gold in the football at the London Games. Team GB manager Stuart Pearce justifies his decision not to pick David Beckham for the squad but not everyone agrees, as former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson tells 5 Live’s Garry Richardson. After the men’s 4x100m relay failed to pass the baton at the European Athletics Championships, Olympian Derek Redmond reflects poor British technique, and Christian Malcolm speaks about team-mates Adam Gemili and Dwaine Chambers. Gardeners Question Time reviews the gardens of the Olympic Stratford site. In advance of British indoor volleyball debut this summer, Londoners Peter Bakare and Elizabeth Reed reveal their excitement in participating in a home Olympics. Without a doubt the biggest catering job this year is London 2012 and BBC Radio 4’s “The Food Programme” looks into branding of food products sold on the site.
Dátum: 2012-07-03 Idő: 17:15:00