The Wheel of Sport
Wilma Rudolph - Olympic Icon
Wilma Rudolph is not a name that is commonly known when US Olympians are talked about. She should be. Wilma Rudolph overcame extraordinary personal adversity in her childhood whilst black America suffered segregation. She rose to international fame becoming one of the stars at the Rome Olympics. On her return home she set about contributing to the fight for equality and paving the way for black woman in athletics.
Peter Norman - Black Power Icon
The field of sprinters that lined up for the 200m at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City were the greatest there had ever been. Two Americans and an Australian took the medal places. There was mild surprise that the Australian had placed in silver as he wasn't a favourite and started characteristically slow before blasting away his opponents in the final few metres. However, the running wasn't the focus by the time the athletes were stood on the podium. The photograph of John Carlos, Tommie Smith and Peter Norman has become the most iconic image of the modern Olympics. This is the story of how a boy from Coburg, Melbourne became caught up in a storm for racial justice in the USA and Australia.
Jane Saville - Australian Race Walker
Jane Saville was ready to set the Sydney Stadium alight for the second time in a matter of hours. Cathy Freeman had raced to Gold the night before and Saville was thriving in the glow when she found herself in the lead of the Women's 20km Race Walk. With only metres to go, Saville found herself faced with a third red card. This is the story of one of the most difficult decisions in race walking history.
Andres Escobar - A Lethal Own Goal
Andres Escobar was a quality international footballer. He had won domestic silverware and was now part of a promising Colombian national team who were heading for the World Cup Finals in the USA ranked fourth in the world. Even the Brazilian legend Pele tipped them as favourites. Under the pressure of huge expectations the Columbians underperformed and Escobar scored an own goal against the USA. The goal proved fatal to Columbia's chances of qualification and deadly to Escobar who was assassinated on his return to his home country. This is the story of Andres Escobar.
Keegan and Toshack - A supernatural partnership
Kevin Keegan and John Toshack were a defining strike partnership in the 1970s. Playing for Liverpool, they linked together so well, a local TV network decided to test whether there was anything more to their partnership than just football skills. This is the story about how two 1970s British soccer players defied science to prove a supernatural aspect to their play. Or did they?
Deep Blue vs. Garry Kasparov
In 1997, the world chess champion, Garry Kasparov, was challenged by IBM to play against their computer 'Deep Blue'. This is the extraordinary story of man versus machine. It was an international news headline as Artificial Intelligence overcame the flaws in humankind, not only to become the best chess player in the world, but also to realign our ideas about the capabilities of computers and technology.
Nadia Comaneci - The Perfect 10 - Montreal 1976
Nadia Comaneci appeared at her first Summer Olympic Games in Montreal 1976. The expectations were high but nobody could've predicted the remarkable achievements of this extraordinary teenager. Even the scoreboard wasn't large enough for this Romanian who managed to score the first ever perfect 10 in history. This is the story of how a teenager won the hearts of the world and the implications it had for her when returning to an Eastern Bloc country under the rule of a tyrant.
James 'Buster' Douglas - Boxing's Biggest Upset
James 'Buster' Douglas was a middling fighter that, after a change of coach and a string of wins, found himself in a showdown with Mike Tyson. The infamous Tyson came into the fight as the undefeated, undisputed champion of the world. Fought in Toyko, Japan, the fight has become an example of one of the biggest upsets in world sport.This is the story of how James Douglas sat Tyson down to become the new Heavyweight Champion of the world.This episode was Ian and Matt's 50th episode they have recorded together. What a knockout!
John Daly - Wild Thing
Golfer John Daly earned the nickname 'Wild Thing' due to his awesome power off the tee and perhaps his antics both on and off the course. His extraordinary talent for playing golf and taming the most difficult courses, added to his love for fast food, alcohol and cigarettes, make for an exhilarating story of his rise in this conservative sport. This is the story of the incredible first years of John Daly's golfing career.