Let the Games Begin on Nine

James Magnussen and Stephanie Rice join Leila McKinnon and Karl Stefanovic in the Olympic preview, Let the Games Begin.

James Magnussen and Stephanie Rice join Leila McKinnon and Karl Stefanovic in the Olympic Games preview, Let the Games Begin.

Hosted by Leila McKinnon and Karl Stefanovic the hour long preview show to the London 2012 Olympics will catch up with many of the major stars of the Australian Olympic team including Sally Pearson, James Magnussen, Stephanie Rice and Lauren Jackson.

Magnussen and Rice talk about their hopes for London 2012 and the excitement of checking into the athletes village.

Rice was over the moon when she checked into the village this week, excited to see Aussie tennis stars Leyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic in the food hall.

Magnussen, competing in his first Olympics, was excited by the sight of the food hall and all it had to offer and was looking forward to indulging post his Olympic efforts.

“I looked around the food hall and got pretty excited that I’ll be able to eat everything on offer when competition finishes,” Magnussen said.

Rice opens up about her setbacks since winning three gold medals at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. “There’s been a lot of ups and downs,” Rice said. “I’ve definitely made mistakes and I’ve definitely not played it as best as I would have liked.”

Four-time Olympic gold medallist, Michael Johnson, previews track and field’s blue-riband events. Johnson, the greatest long sprinter in athletics history, provides insight about the fastest man on the planet, Usain Bolt, and reveals the Jamaican superstar’s preparations leading up to the Games.

Let The Games Begin will feature an athletes panel with Opals stars Lauren Jackson and Suzy Batkovic, canoeist Kynan Maley, and beach volleyballers Natalie Cook and Tamsin Hinchley. The Olympians talk about the sacrifices they’ve made to realise their dream of competing at London 2012.

Cook, a five-time Olympian and Sydney 2000 gold medallist, also talks about the controversy and speculation over the Australian flag-bearer role for the Opening Ceremony.

Plus, we look at Australia’s top medal prospects, and Mark Nicholas takes viewers on a tour of his hometown, visiting London’s famous landmarks and revealing the magic behind the Olympic city.

Thursday at 7pm on Nine.

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