Bridgestone, Worldwide Olympic and Paralympic Partner have teamed up with the official Olympic Channel Podcast, to launch a special four-part series featuring Olympians from the past four decades, in honour of Daley Thompson’s 40th year anniversary of his first Olympic success at Moscow 1980.
Part of the Olympic Channel Podcast, the special series will kick off on Thursday, 30 July and will chronicle some of the UK’s greatest Olympic moments from the past four decades. The podcast will be guest co-hosted by the two-time Olympic gold medallist, Daley, as part of Bridgestone’s, ‘Chase Your Dream, No Matter What’ campaign, that encourages people of all ages to overcome obstacles and persevere in the pursuit of their dreams.
During the four episodes, Daley will look back on the last 40 years of epic Olympic memories and interview iconic British Olympians; heptathlon gold medallist, Denise Lewis, Team GB rowing champion, Katherine Grainger and Daley’s fellow Bridgestone ‘Chase Your Dream No Matter What’ ambassador and bronze and silver medallist, Lutalo Muhammad.
The athletes will reveal how they never gave up on their dreams despite the obstacles they faced and will delve into how people can adopt an athlete mentality to help them in everyday life, highlighting the sacrifices it takes to maintain motivation to be successful.
The first episode will chronicle the journey of former world record holder and Britain’s most successful decathlete, Daley Thompson, discussing how he accelerated to Olympic stardom with the passion to be the best he could be and how anyone can implement the mindset of a champion.
In the remaining three episodes, Daley will co-host the podcast with Olympic Channel Podcast presenter, Ed Knowles, will provide unique insight into Britain’s most inspirational athletes and to encourage the nation to never give up on its dream as the UK makes its own comeback from the effects of COVID-19.
Daley, who has had to overcome prejudice and poverty to become one of the greatest athletes in British sporting history, said: “From a young age I knew I wanted to be the best I could be, but it wasn’t until much later that I discovered decathlon. It was almost by luck that I was given the opportunity to compete in the sport, but once I had a taste for it, I knew an Olympic gold medal was my dream.
“The first decathlon I completed in, I knew I had to work harder than everyone else to accomplish my dream of Olympic gold and with this podcast, I hope to encourage everyone that no matter the circumstance, you should never give up on your goals.
“40 years have passed since I first stood on the top of the Olympic podium but with the help of the Olympic Channel and Bridgestone UK, I’m over the moon to share my own story to help the next generation achieve their own legacy.”
Co-presenter Ed Knowles said: “It’s an honour to be commemorating Daley in this way, as he is arguably one of the greatest Olympians Britain has ever produced.
“As always on the Olympic Channel podcast, we aim to inspire and motivate listeners with insight into the world’s best athletes. In working with Denise Lewis, Katherine Grainger and Lutalo Muhammad, there are certainly a lot of great Olympic stories to share.”
Bridgestone is also an Olympic Channel Founding Partner and a presenting partner of the Olympic Channel Podcast which features insightful interviews with personalities from across the Olympic world and available at olympicchannel.com/podcast and wherever you find your favourite podcasts.
Bridgestone is on the road to Tokyo 2020 in its hometown and home country, Japan. The company aims to inspire people of all ages, abilities and passions to chase their dream and overcome the obstacles they face on life’s journey through its ‘Chase Your Dream, No Matter What’ campaign.
To listen to the first podcast on the 30th of July, please visit, https://www.bridgestone.co.uk/story/olympics/daley-thompson-podcast or https://www.olympicchannel.com/podcast and for more information on Bridgestone’s ‘Chase Your Dream, No Matter What’ campaign, please visit https://bridgestone.co.uk/olympics.