The Wheel of Sport
A Boston Marathon Fairytale
A Cuban immigrant entered her first ever marathon in New York City 1979. Six months later, she stormed the field at The Boston Marathon. She was an unknown. A novice. An enigma. But after the celebrations, TV interviews and fanfare in the days following the marathon, her story began to unravel. This is the story of Rosie Ruiz: 1980 Boston Marathon.
Torquay United - The Jaws of Victory
Torquay United FC, a struggling team on England's south coast, were destined for relegation out of the Football League in 1987. They found themselves down in their last game before an outside influence changed the game on its head. What was that influence, how did it change the game and did Torquay manage to survive the dreaded drop?Find out with Matt and Ian in another cracking episode of The Wheel of Sport.
The Nail - Gus 'Honeycomb' Johnson
Gus Johnson was a terrific basketball player. He had admirers across America. Johnson's exceptional leap had gained notoriety and allowed Johnson to elevate his game to an impressive level. However, it was when Johnson was in a bar in Idaho that his legend was cemented into sporting and social history.This is the story of 'The Nail'.
The Ever First World Cup Winners - West Auckland Town FC
Common knowledge tells you that the first ever World Cup was hosted in Uruguay, 1930. However, a charismatic entrepreneur managed to organise an international soccer tournament well before FIFA was even conceived. Even more remarkable is the teams that were involved and the eventual winners who risked everything to retain the trophy.
Australia vs England: Netball Commonwealth Games 2018
Australia has long dominated International Netball and have only been challenged by near neighbours New Zealand. When it was announced that the 2018 Commonwealth Games was to be held in Australia's Gold Coast, the writing was on the wall. Australia was destined to win another gold medal, but this time, they would get to win it in front of their adoring fans, on home soil. However, a seasoned England team had other plans. Despite never progressing past the bronze medal, Netball England had been busy working on a plan to win silver. But could they actually win gold?This is the story of one of the most dramatic conclusions to a sporting event ever.
Niki Lauda - 'An out and out racer'
Andreas Nikolaus Lauda was an extraordinary racing driver. His determination and self funding landed him in the F1 driving seat in his early twenties. He managed to move to Ferrari where he suffered a spectacular crash that would challenge his mental and physical resilience.This is the story of Niki Lauda - 'An out and out racer'
Euro '92: The Danish Fairytale
In a remarkable turn of events the Danish national football team found themselves in a major tournament they didn't even qualify for. The eight teams in the competition reflected the dynamic national and political situation in a continent adjusting in a post-Soviet era. This is the story of how a group of Danes grabbed an opportunity to write themselves in footballing history and managed to defeat some of Europe's greatest ever teams on the way.
The First Modern Olympics
The small rural town of Much Wenlock in Shropshire provided the inspiration for what would become a sporting behemoth. The modern Olympic Games has travelled the world providing inspiration to many. However, it came from humble beginnings when a Frenchman in 1896 helped to organise the event that has become the template for the most watched international sporting event in the world.