As a young lad growing up in Cardiff watching the BBC broadcast the Olympic Games, I dreamed that one day I would be trackside, maybe commentating - but surely never sitting in the studio as a main anchor. But like these athletes competing for their countries - I had a fire in my belly - a burning desire - an ambition to be on the broadcasting equivalent of the podium - the BBC TV studio!
Times haven't always been easy. Literally a few months before the Barcelona games in 1994 I found out that I have colitis, which is the inflammation of the intestines. There was doubt over whether I was ever going to be good enough to go to those games, but I bounced back quite quickly once I was diagnosed and was able to compete in the games. Then three years before Sydney - my last games - I came down as a diabetic, which was harder to deal with. When things are going really well you tend to dream big, of the final race and think about crossing the line, standing on the podium and having a medal put round your neck. When things aren't going very well, I bring it down to the here and now...
Football has been a core part of the Olympics for over a century, but it's far from the most prominent of competitions on the global football calendar. And yet it still has a rich and interesting history that is ready and waiting for you to discover. Here's a look at 19 facts about Olympic football that you probably didn't know...
The governing bodies of sport and society at large have not come to a consensus on a solution to this very complex issue. However, with the Olympics starting on Friday, it is bound to be at the forefront of many minds, both on the field and off.
There are currently 7.6million people around the world playing rugby and an HSBC Future of Rugby Report predicts that with rugby sevens as the spark, it will ignite significant growth that will double this number to 15million over the next ten years.
We can let our athletes know we're supporting them from afar. I do think that in Rio we can all do a little something to give our athletes that extra couple of percent that could make the difference to winning a medal and just missing out. That's what Team GB's Bring on the Great campaign is all about and I think the athletes today are so lucky to be able to benefit from things like social media and get that feeling support when away from home.
Rory McIlroy will represent Ireland at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Golf makes its return to the Games for the first time since
Obviously it would have taken time to really create success at the top level and this is not to say that GB Basketball would have become the new British Cycling but UK Sport, by narrowing their focus on short-term success, seemed to have missed the lessons that recent history and success could have taught them.
The news that Tom Daley has outed himself as being in a same-sex relationship barely made the needle in anyone's internal Richter scale wobble. Even the outings of Ricky Martin, Joe McElderry and Will Young came as less of a surprise. It seems that everyone knew there was something Tom Daley wasn't telling us except for Tom himself.
England women's football captain Casey Stoney hopes a Team GB side will be allowed to compete at the Rio Olympics in 2016