The rivalry between Seb Coe and Steve Ovett in the late 1970s and early 1980s made middle-distance running compelling viewing. Even though they both competed for Britain, there was no love lost between them and their track battles were one of the highlights of the Moscow Olympics.
It's hard to fathom the dedication and commitment that goes into winning one gold medal, so Sir Steve Redgrave's achievement of winning five at as many different Olympic Games was truly incredible - especially as he was only aiming to win three at the start of his career...
The men's 100m final is considered the blue-riband event of the Games with good reason. This summer will be no exception and I just hope conditions are good enough for Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake or - you just never know - Adam Gemili to have a decent crack at that world record.
I hope they meet their predicted medal haul, which would be a great achievement. Officially the target is at least 48 medals - one more than in Beijing - and with the added benefit of home support that doesn't seem unrealistic. It would be some feat to surpass the 19 golds won in 2008.
I hope so - but on the whole I tend to think that the effects of showpiece events such as the Olympics and Wimbledon are short-lived and that, in general, serious efforts are required to keep the profile of sport high, year in year out.
I'm told that 30 venues will host over 300 events during the Games - so I'm of the mind that there are plenty of sports in the Olympics already.
Swimming - if Eric 'the Eel' can get a gig so can anyone!
Join David and the Sky Sports commentary team from 10am on Thursday for the first Test between England and South Africa at the Oval.