The Games of the 32nd Olympiad are underway right now in Tokyo. The Olympics can seem very removed from anyone who has not competed in sport at a high level. But it is surprising how many Australians have a connection to this elite competition.
Some people provide essential supplies, while others take part in the opening ceremony or the torch relay. Some of us attend the Games, either to compete, to cheer on friends and relatives or just to take part on the spectacle.
Listeners and guests with a special Olympic connection share their stories with Life Matters.
Lauren Burns, an Australian Olympic gold medallist, who won a gold medal in the Sydney 2000 Olympics in the Women’s 49kg Taekwondo
Mary Gearin, ABC news journalist and former National Sport Correspondent who has covered several Olympic games