Team GB and Eurosport unite to relive London 2012 celebrations

26 May 2020

Rebecca Adlington, Tom Daley and Adam Peaty are among the British sporting stars joining forces with Eurosport throughout this week to reflect on some of the historic moments from the London 2012 Olympic Games.

All week, Eurosport 2 will be dedicated to showcasing some of those halycon highlights from Team GB's record-breaking Games success nearly eight years ago, with a special daily highlights show providing the platform. 

The eight-episode series - which is running from Sunday 24th May to Sunday 31st May - will look back at those successes and medal snapshots, telling the incredible tales of Team GB's stars through the eyes of the athletes themselves.

Today's episode (Tuesday 26th May) will focus on the swimming and diving that took place at the London Aquatics Centre - including Daley's unforgettable bronze medal in the Men's 10m Platform competition. 

Tom will review that medal-winning performance himself, while two-time Beijing 2008 champion Adlington and current Olympic, world, European and Commonwealth champion Peaty - inspired into his recent successes by London 2012 - will reflect on the big stories of the Games from the pool. 

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Rebecca Adlington will give her memories of the London 2012 swimming action

Looking back for the programme, Adlington - who won Women's 400m and 800m Freestyle bronze in London - said: "It gives me goosebumps and it's not just from a personal aspect. Obviously it was the last Olympics that I swam, a home Olympics.

"But I'm just such a proud Brit. Whenever anyone talks about it, I'm like: 'Yeah, we did that! We put on that show!" It's just because we did such a good job. It's such a moment in my life that I'm so proud to be British." 

As for Daley's reflections on his first Olympic medal, they provide what a whirlwind moment it was. 

"It was the most surreal, crazy experience," he said. "To go from how loud it was before every single dive, so much so that you couldn't hear yourself think, to then when the referee's whistle blows you could hear a pin drop. 

"It was so surreal to even be in that scenario in the first place, let alone walking to the end of the platform looking down and seeing the Olympic rings, knowing that you were in complete medal contention. You just had to not mess up that last dive and you were going to be an Olympic medallist.

"For me, that has always been my dream." 

Each show will air daily at 2pm and be repeated at 7pm on Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player. 

Each episode will feature in-depth insights with retrospective interviews through the eyes of some of Britain’s iconic athletes, including cycling greats Sir Bradley Wiggins, Lizzie Deignan, Sir Chris Hoy and Joanna Rowsell Shand. 

Looking back at the gymnastics will be Beth Tweddle, Max Whitlock and Kristian Thomas, while Kath Grainger, Helen Glover and Greg Searle will analyse their successes on the water at Eton Dorney. Jade Jones, Gemma Gibbons and Anthony Ogogo will review their respective successes in fight sports and athletics’ Super Saturday heroes Greg Rutherford and Sir Mo Farah will relive the special night when Team GB astonishingly secured three gold medals in just 48 minutes in the Olympic Stadium. 

London Aquatics Centre
The London Aquatics Centre

Eurosport will also shine a light on some of the global stars of the Games, including Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt.

Throughout the week, Orla Chennaoui will host Eurosport’s nostalgic trip down memory lane, starting with Danny Boyle’s iconic Opening Ceremony. Each day will have a different sporting theme with the celebratory series set to strike the same chord that garnered such positivity across the nation ahead of what turned into one of the greatest sporting periods for Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 

Eurosport presenter Chennaoui said: “As a journalist, London 2012 was one of the greatest sporting events I’ve had the pleasure of covering and I am thrilled to be involved in re-living some of the biggest moments once again. Having so many of the medallists discuss the defining moments of their careers and the legacy the Games has left, is incredibly exciting for me personally and I’m sure for Eurosport viewers.”   

Jamie Steward, Senior Director of Eurosport UK, added: “We’re delighted to bring UK audiences the opportunity to relive the special moments from London 2012. By complementing highlights of the historic Games with exclusive interviews from the heroes of Team GB, we hope sports fans across the country will relive the special summer and experience the feel-good factor felt eight years ago.”

Sunday 24th May will see Eurosport 1 screen the widely acclaimed Opening Ceremony from the Olympic Stadium.

Monday 25th May will focus on cycling with Sir Bradley Wiggins, Joanna Rowsell, Lizzie Deignan and six-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy covering the unprecedented Team GB successes on the roads and in the velodrome.

Tuesday 26th May will see Tom Daley join the team to review his medal-winning performance in diving whilst Adam Peaty – ear-marked as a future prospect back in 2012 - and double Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington will reflect on the big stories of the Games from the pool.

Wednesday 27th May will feature gymnasts Max Whitlock, Beth Tweddle and Kristian Thomas looking back on a Games that saw Team GB secure four medals for the first time in a single Olympics and kick-start a golden era for the sport in the UK.

Thursday 28th May will see rower Helen Glover, winner of the first Team GB gold of the Games, as well as five-time Olympic medallist Kath Grainger and Men’s Eight medallist Greg Searle, discussing the memorable moments from Eton Dorney.

Friday 29th May focusses on combat sports with boxing star Anthony Agogo discussing his and Team GB’s impressive performances in the ring, whilst medal-winning pair Jade Jones and Gemma Gibbons reflect on their taekwondo and judo successes respectively.

Saturday 30th May will give viewers the chance to relive the iconic night of the games – known ever since as Super Saturday. On a memorable night at the Olympic Stadium, Team GB secured three gold medals with Greg Rutherford, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill and Sir Mo Farah all topping the podium. Greg and Mo will look back on the historic evening and discuss some of the other seminal moments.

Sunday 31st May will see the week come to a close with Boyle’s equally impressive Closing Ceremony to book-end a celebratory period in the country’s sporting history.

Eurosport will also showcase some of the other memorable events during the week including the best of the action from the football competitions, canoeing and the standout Team GB performances in the equestrian.

For more of Rebecca Adlington's London 2012 memories - and other highlights from her glittering career - why not revisit this story from earlier this year?