Mo Farah leads the way as BBC confirms line-up for Superstars show in Bath
The names of the sportspeople taking part in a revival of the TV show Superstars in Bath have been confirmed.
As reported in last week’s Chronicle, double Olympic gold medallist athlete Mo Farah will be among the 16-strong line-up for the BBC1 Christmas special, which will be filmed later this month at the University of Bath.
Also taking part in the show to celebrate the success of Team GB at the London Games will be rower Katherine Grainger, triathlon heroes Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, history-making boxer Nicola Adams and runner Christine Ohuruogu.
A trio of Olympians with Bath connections will also compete on the show – swimming silver medallist Michael Jamieson, a current university student, as well as gold medal rower Helen Glover and judo silver medallist Gemma Gibbons.
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Glover learnt to row in Bath as part of the university-based GB rowing team’s Start Programme whilst Gibbons trained in the university dojo for a number of years.
The eight men and eight women will compete against their GB teammates in unfamiliar disciplines, as they vie to be crowned the two best all-round Superstars.
Spectators can apply for free tickets to watch the event – which happens next weekend – via www.applausestore.com.
University spokesman Will Marsh said: “It’s a great coup for the university and for Bath to be chosen to host this TV spectacular. It underlines Bath’s top-flight sporting credentials and will provide a reminder of the glorious summer of sport in the UK in which Bath-based athletes played a full part.”
The athletes will participate in eight different disciplines – on the track in the 100 metres and 800 metres, on the field in the javelin, in the pool for a 50-metre swim, test their archery skills, tackle a kayak race and use their cycling skills in a hill climb. Their efforts will culminate in a grand finale featuring the classic Superstars event of the gym tests.
The other men are high jumper Robbie Grabarz, boxer Anthony Joshua, rower Andrew Triggs Hodge, and shooting gold medallist Peter Wilson.
The women’s contingent is completed by cyclist Lizzie Armitstead, dressage gold medallist Laura Bechtolsheimer, and taekwondo star Jade Jones.
The show will be hosted by Gabby Logan, whose footballer dad Terry Yorath took part in the 70s, with swimmer Rebecca Adlington acting as mentor to the stars. The grand finale will see the competitors battle it out in the Assembly Rooms.
Jamieson said: “I feel very excited to be taking part in such a great show and even more so as it is taking place where I train. My friends and teammates are going to come along to the events and cheer me on which will hopefully give me an advantage over the other athletes.”
Farah added: “Superstars is going to be a lot of fun. I’m really looking forward to it. After a hard season it will be nice to compete in a different environment. Some of the events are quite new to me which will make it all the more interesting.”
Superstars was first broadcast in the UK on BBC1 during the 1970s and 80s and was based on a US format.