With just days to go until the LONDON 2012 Olympic Games commence, all eyes are on the Australian swim team as they finish their final preparations in Manchester in Northern England.
Foxtel presenter James Bracey, who caught up with the swimmers at Manchester Aquatic Centre, said everyone looked fit, healthy and ready to go.
“According to head coach Leigh Nugent, this is the first time in a long time there hasn’t been a health issue in the camp for anyone,” he said.
“They are away from all the hype for now, but they know this time next week it’s game on!”
Most media interest lies with the Missile, James Magnussen, as he embarks on his mission to achieve four gold medals, all of which will be shown live and in full on Foxtel. Bracey spoke to Magnussen, who said; “I’m getting pretty excited now. The Games are getting closer and closer and I’m feeling really good in the water. It’s starting to kick in now that we’re going into an Olympic games. Hopefully I’ll have a couple of those gold medals on Foxtel’s coverage.”
Susie O’Neill, who will be providing expert commentary during Foxtel’s extensive coverage of the Swimming, said that while Magnussen was looking good, we shouldn’t dismiss his teammate James Robert, who is currently ranked second in the world in the 100m Freestyle.
“He will be right up there, and could possibly cause an upset. He is in a really good position with no pressure and no expectations,” she said.
O’Neill also said to look out for some of the swimmers flying under the radar such as Thomas Fraser-Holmes, who will be racing in the 400m Individual Medley on day 1.
“He’s ranked number six in the world going into the Games, and might just steal a medal from under the noses of the American and Chinese big guns.”
Foxtel’s coverage of the LONDON 2012 Olympic Games commences on Wednesday, July 25 at 7.00pm (AEST) with a half hour show, WELCOME TO LONDON, followed by live coverage of the Football later that evening.
The first day of swimming commences on air on Saturday, July 28 at 7.00pm (AEST) live on Foxtel’s designated Aquatics channel, LONDON 1, and includes the Men’s 400m IM heats and final, the Men’s 400m Freestyle heats and final, the Women’s 400m IM heats and final, and the Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay heats and final. All events will be shown live and in full on Foxtel.
Foxtel’s broadcast of the LONDON 2012 Olympic Games is proudly presented by Coca Cola, Coles, Commonwealth Bank, Harvey Norman, McDonalds, Mitsubishi, Procter & Gamble, Samsung and Telstra.