British Olympic Games road race silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead will be one of 16 London 2012 medallists taking part in a special one-off edition of the BBC’s Superstars multi-sports challenge show.
Armitstead joins fellow 2012 GB Olympians including runners Mo Farah and Christine Ohuruogu, triathletes Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, boxers Nicola Adams and Anthony Joshua, and rower Helen Glover.
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The athletes take part in eight events: 100m and 800m runs, javelin, 50m swim, archery, kyak race, cycling hill-climb and gym tests.
“It is so exciting to be a contestant on Superstars,” said Armitstead. “I am sure the experience will be great fun and am looking forward to testing my skills against other amazing athletes.”
Gabby Logan will present the show which will be broadcast on Saturday, December 29 between 6.45-8.15pm on BBC One. Denise Lewis and Iwan Thomas provide expert punditry, with Rebecca Adlington drafted in to help the competitors in the swimming event.
Superstars was incredibly popular in the 1970s and through to the mid-1980s, when a host of sporting stars of the day were pit against each other in a series of sporting challenges. The show has been aired sporadically since, but never quite regained the popularity of its heyday, when it turned Judo’s Brian Jacks into a household name and saw footballer Kevin Keegan come away from the cycling event with a very nasty case of roadrash.
It’s probably best not to mention Bradley Wiggins’ peformance in a 2005 heat of Superstars when he finished in last place. Cyclists simply do not have the arms for squat thrusts. Or the legs for running. He’s since won the Tour de France and a few more Olympic gold medals.