CHELSEA 2012: GARY CAHILL

Posted on: Mon 09 Jul 2012

As the countdown continues to the London Olympics, Gary Cahill, who recently moved to the capital, is the next to answer our questionnaire on the summer games...

What are your favourite Olympic memories?
Most recently I would have to say Usain Bolt breaking all the records four years ago, but the first games I remember properly were the 1996 ones in Atlanta. I remember Michael Johnson [pictured] doing really well, and his gold running shoes stood out.

Michael Johnson 1996 games


If you had to take part in one event what would it be?
Probably the 400 metres, I don't think I'm quick enough for the shorter sprints but the 400 metres would probably suit me just right.

How do you think London will fare as a host city?
I think it will be great. When it comes to the big events our country always seems to deliver when it matters, we put on a really good show. There will be plenty of tourists over here for it, and the traffic will probably be terrible but it's definitely a good thing. It will probably be the only time in our lives that we see such a big event take place so close to home so let's enjoy it.

Any Brits we should be keeping an eye out for?
I think Jessica Ennis is one of the strong favourites for a medal so it would be nice to see her do well. Also, Phillips Idowu [below] in the triple jump could do the business on home soil, I hope we do really well.

Phillips Idowu


What do you think of football in the Olympics?
I think it's a great idea on the whole. In the past, some of the best players around have competed in it, particularly when you look at countries such as Brazil. The focus this year is obviously the Euros but the fact the Olympics is taking place in London makes it all the more special.

Who would be in your Chelsea 4x100 relay team?
That's a tough one; I'd definitely say Daniel Sturridge and Ramires. After that, Ryan Bertrand will have to sneak in, and maybe Ash [Ashley Cole]. Those four would definitely bring home the gold, Sturridge in the final leg.