Steve Redgrave winning his fifth gold medal in as many Olympics. The guy is quite simply a legend. I used to train with a rower called Carl Smith who won eight World Championship medals; Carl trained with Steve and it gave me a real insight into the sport and getting on the rowing machine became a part of my training. I actually did a little bit of rowing on the River Trent with Nottingham Boat Club. That's when you really appreciate the intensity of the sport and the leg strength and lung capacity of those guys. A split second can be the difference between winning gold or not even making the podium, so it takes real guts and heart to achieve what Steve did.
The name that jumps straight out is Daley Thompson. He was a class act in the early eighties and no-one has quite come close to him in the way that he transcended the sport. I'd have been impressed if he'd been world class in five events but to dominate the Decathlon as he did in Moscow and LA was truly phenomenal. Quite simply there's only one Daley Thompson!
I'm definitely going to the amateur boxing because my coach Rob McCracken will be working very closely with Team GB as the head coach and performance director. I hope to get involved in some capacity somewhere along the line. I've been doing a lot of training with the lads already and now they are just fine-tuning. As I've just boxed I've got a bit of time off so if they need me to do a bit of technical sparring with them, I'll jump in because it could help them and it keeps me ticking over too. I'm hoping to go to the semi-finals and the finals of the boxing, although you often see some of the best fights in the preliminary stages. It all depends on how the draw works out; it can be the difference between winning gold and getting nowhere near.
Predictably, it has to be the boxing! I'm not just saying that because I'm a boxer but because I think it should be a great spectacle, especially as Olympic boxing is now more geared towards the pros with three-minute rounds. When I boxed as an amateur, I went to the Olympic qualifiers and I boxed in the World Championships a bout consisted of four two-minute rounds. In that context it's almost a different sport because the rounds are over just as you start putting your opponent on the back foot. I used to find that the fight would be over just as I was getting into it.
We've got some great athletes in all sports - we take our sport very seriously and with the National Lottery Sports Funding now, a lot of athletes who didn't have the facilities or the capabilities to commit themselves to their sport as much as they wanted to now have a much better chance of success. In terms of the boxing, we've got some of the best fighters in the world. We're taking 10 boxers to the Olympics - seven guys and three girls - and they've not been given a green light to the Games, they've all qualified. I'm expecting us to win 10 medals including a couple of golds - that's how good and strong the team is. Some of the lads who are going, the likes of Tom Stalker who is one of the best fighters in the world and Andrew Selby who is a magician in the ring, are right on their game. In fact I could name them all because I think they are all going to do fantastically well. I'm looking forward to the team cleaning up, but particularly in boxing.
Of course it will. The Olympics is going to bring a lot of attention not only to Britain but to sport and sport in general. The world is going to focus on the Olympics and because of the magnitude of the event people tend to get carried away with it. That's great because sport is a universal language - everybody can get involved in sport regardless of what language they speak. These Games are going to put London and boxing on a platform where it needs to be. Boxing clubs are probably going to end up turning people away because they won't be able to cope with the demand. It's a little bit like when the tennis is on at Wimbledon and you can't get a game at your local court for love nor money.
That's a tough question because there is such a great range of sport in the Games, but why not fishing? I guess some people might not class it as a sport, but then some people say the same about darts and snooker. But fishing is very much a sport. I haven't been for a while but it's one of the ways I like to relax. It's like golf, which is something else I don't get to do much because it's so time consuming. They could do something along similar lines to Bass Fishing.
I'd probably opt for something adventurous like the pole vault. I've watched athletes practising the discipline at the EIS in Sheffield. It looks quite frightening, which gives you that little bit of adrenalin, and it looks difficult but fun at the same time. I'd rather do something explosive and dynamic like that rather than long-distance running and spend my time going round and round the track. I do a lot of running as part of my training and while I like sprinting I hate the longer stuff!