The BBC Goes Gaga for the Olympic Games

Torchbearer Steve Cram holding the Olympic Flame during a visit to the Sunderland Aquatic Centre on June 16, 2012 Photograph by Chris Radburn/LOCOG/AP Photo

“Emotions, emotions, goodness me.” This was BBC presenter John Inverdale at Dorney Lake after a pair of British rowers won silver. The two athletes were distraught, or gutted, as the English say, after being overtaken by the Danes in the final yards of the race. Inverdale patted one on the shoulder during the post-race interview. After British rowing legend, and now BBC commentator, Sir Steve Redgrave escorted them off camera, Inverdale fought back tears. “It’s just, especially when you know these people, and you know them pretty well,” he said. “It’s quite hard being here as well.”

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