I remember Mary Peters winning the gold medal and I remember being a big fan of Daley Thompson; he was phenomenal. I remember getting interested in the Olympics watching those two. I always loved watching Brendan Foster; there was nobody else from our country challenging in the 10,000m at his time, so he was the man. Then there was Sev Coe and Steve Ovett, naturally. They were both world beaters and they were both from our country! I also recall the middleweight boxer Alan Minter, who was boxing in the 1972 Olympics when I was on holiday. The caravan next to ours was full of his relations, so we'd watch the bouts with them! That got me interested in Olympic boxing.
I remember when Carl Lewis dominated everybody and won the treble and it's hard to argue against the five Olympic golds for Steve Redgrave. His dedication to training for more than 20 years was phenomenal, but as an event to watch, rowing doesn't really do it for me. So I would go for Michael Johnson, who might be my favourite athlete of all time because of his running style. He used to run leaning backwards! If Padraig Harrington was a runner he'd run like him because he had his own style and just went with it.
I bid for a raft of tickets and got none and when they started offering more then I didn't bother to bid. So I won't be going!
Usain Bolt has obviously caught my imagination and I want to see if he can do it. The 100m is over so quickly, but with all of the build-up that 10 seconds can often last half-an-hour. It's always an amazing race. I'll also be watching Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah, Victoria Pendleton and Sir Chris Hoy.
They did unbelievably well last time out in Beijing when they were fourth behind China, the USA and Russia. They beat Australia - hands up if you like beating Australia because I do! I think the target should be to beat Australia again. It would be a mistake to think we have to finish that high up the table again because it all comes down to one performance in four years, but if we get anything close we'll have done unbelievably well. But maybe the cheering crowds will make all the difference? Let's hope for the best.
I have a bit of a problem the legacy thing. I think 99% of people will watch the Olympics on television and do they really care where the Olympics is? If you're watching Jessica Ennis and you're inspired to take up sport, you'll be equally inspired if she's running in Montreal as you would be if she's running here. You could argue that more facilities are being built, and that might help, but I think it all starts in the mind. I see tennis courts all over the place that are empty and it's no good just having the facilities. There has to be a national consciousness as to what's available in terms of sport. If the Olympics helps that then great, but I'm not sure, when they sell you this legacy argument, that it's as effective as they say it is.
I'm not sure about that. A high jumper would train for four years and can do no better than winning an Olympic gold medal, but Ian Poulter might stand on the podium thinking there's four events a year that mean more to him. Everyone says it's wonderful because it will get "non-golfing countries" interested in golf and if that's what it's for then great. But as an actual competition, I think it's somewhat underwhelming.
There's a lot I would like to take away! I tend to think there's too many sports. Initially it was "stronger, faster, higher, longer" and now there's all those sports like diving and dressage that need judges, but those are established Olympic sports so let them carry on. If I was to add one I would an extreme one like free running. That's the one where they run across the side of buildings and they could build a circuit and time people. Those guys jump 20ft across buildings, it's ridiculous!
I'd enter golf at the next Olympics! But if I'm not allowed to have that then I'd do the 800m. I wouldn't be very good at it, but I'd like to be good at it!