Last Updated: 06/06/12 11:42am
Denise Lewis - My Olympics
I won't forget the moment when I watched Sir Steve Redgrave win his fifth gold medal, that was pretty special not only for the rowing fraternity but for the UK in general. But I think the one that springs to mind is watching Michael Johnson, back in 1996 in his golden spikes, taking the world by storm with his unbelievable record in the 200m, having already won the 400m before that.
I think each generation has a different hero, a different iconic figure. Mark Spitz comes to mind, Michael Phelps, Michael Johnson, Al Oerter, Jesse Owens... who can pick from those names? Ben Ainslie could be the next one. It's a very hard question, we've had some great Olympians.
I've been in a unique position compared to my competitive days, I've been able to see the Olympics from a different side as an ambassador with various companies that are enthused to be part of the Games - how that affects the business side of things. But I'll also be working for the BBC in the stadium as the action happens.
I'm very excited, all the sports have improved, they know what they want. Lottery funding has aided many athletes to focus more on their training which brings better performances. I think we'll have a great championship and I can't wait.
How about ballroom dancing?!
Having recently rowed the English Channel I'm fancying myself as a bit of a rower so maybe the hard-work and graft in a four or an eight would be quite interesting.
DOB: 17/5/1956 Event: Boxing Medals: 1 gold Flag: USA
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