In 1979, the British team was in training for the following year's Olympics when Russia invaded Afghanistan. President Carter, backed by Margaret Thatcher, urged athletes to boycott the event, and the worlds of politics and sport seemed caught in a deadlock. This fascinating programme sees Sue MacGregor reuniting members of the British Olympic team as they recall that controversial year.
Duncan Goodhew, Joslyn Hoyte-Smith, and Colin Moynihan faced personal dilemmas about competing in the face of political opposition. Team leader Dick Palmer carried the flag alone into the Olympic stadium, and as the hate mail stacked up coach Frank Dick did his best to shield the athletes from the pressures. Download and start listening now!