OLYMPIC

Posted on: Fri 30 Mar 2012

There is now less than a year to go until the Olympic Games come to London, and to celebrate the countdown the official Chelsea website will be asking our players and staff about their Olympic views and experiences.

We were the first Premiership football club to support the London Olympic bid and helped launch the 2012 brand logo, as well as being an official ambassador for the city at the 2008 Beijing Games.

First to face the questions is club captain John Terry, who grew up a stone's throw from the Olympic Park site in east London...

John, what are your earliest Olympic memories?

That's got to be Linford Christie in the 100 metres in '92. He was just a lot more powerful than the others, and the colours of that British uniform flying along the track.

What, or who are you looking forward to seeing in 2012?

Usain Bolt. I'm lokoing forward to seeing him and I'd love to get along to the 100 metres final. What else? The 400 metres and the 1500 metres, I used to do that at school and I wasn't bad.

Who will do well from your part of the world?

Mo Farah, the runner. He seems to have a lot of talent and I hope he does well. How's that for good knowledge?

Who is your favourite ever Olympian?

That's got to be Linford, it was my generation really, he was the standout man.

Have you met any Olympians?

The one that jumps out is Seb Coe, he's a Chelsea fan and a nice guy, I've met him a few times. Kalou as well, he played in 2008 didn't he?

What do you think of the Olympic Stadium?

It's going to be a great stadium, the traffic is a bit of a nightmare round that area, but it will be great. Not only that, I think the swimming centre and the cycling is great and I hope they can stay open afterwards because I grew up around that area.

How will London fare as a host city?

Very well. I think we're a multinational city anyway, you go out in London and there are so many people everywhere, I think other people enjoy the city and see it as a home from home, so that will be great to have more visitors coming.

What would your event be?

My event would be the decathlon or one of those I think, because I'm a bit of an all-rounder. I did javelin at school, high jump, I did shot put at school, 400 and 1500 as I said, and I am a pretty good swimmer too.

What would you like to see in the Olympics that isn't already?

I think golf is already coming back in 2016, so I'm glad they've sorted that out. I'd like to see that back in.