AudioGO Celebrates the 2012 London Summer Olympics!

The roar of the crowds! The thrill of the competition! There’s no other sporting event quite like this one. Catch the Olympic fever and get ready for the games to begin with these great audio titles.

The Ration Book Olympics: When London Hosted the Austerity Games

Presented by Clare Balding, a four-time BBC Radio Olympic reporter

Take a look back at the last time the Olympics were held in London with this compelling chronicle of the 1948 Games. Three years after the end of the Second World War, rationing was still in force, bomb damage was in evidence and visiting athletes were put up in schools and RAF camps. Yet, the Games, in true winning spirit, were a resounding success!

Gold Medal Summer

Gold Medal Summer written by Donna Freitas, narrated by Jaselyn Blanchard

Whether you think of Romanian Nadia Comăneci scoring the first perfect 10, Mary Lou Retton winning the All Around Gold, or Kerri Strug’s triumphant vault, gymnastics are the iconic sport of every summer Games!

Competitive gymnast and author Donna Freitas offers young listeners a terrific tale about stretching some limits, bending the rules, and finding your balance.

Steve Redgrave: In His Own Words

Steve Redgrave — In His Own Words

Meet Britain’s greatest Olympian of all time. Rower Steve Redgrave is one of only four athletes to win gold medals in five consecutive Olympic Games. He discusses his early days rowing and his post-race emotions, and memories of his last race in this exclusive audio.

The Taking Part

Presented by Tim Franks, BBC’s Sports News Correspondent

Winning isn’t necessarily everything. Just taking part in the Olympics can be a life-changing event and a tremendous honor. Journalist Tim Franks chronicles the story of the athletes at the historic and tragic Munich Games, painting a vivid picture of what it takes to make it that far and what it means ever afterward to be an Olympian.

1980 Moscow Olympics: The Reunion

This edition of BBC Radio 4’s Reunion was recorded in July 2005, just after the UK won the 2012 Olympic bid.

What happens when politics intervene with the Olympics? In 1979, the British team was in training for the following year’s Olympics when Russia invaded Afghanistan. President Carter, backed by Margaret Thatcher, urged athletes to boycott the event. This fascinating program  features members of the British Olympic team as they recall that controversial year and reflect on the personal dilemmas they faced competing in the shadow of political opposition


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