Superstars

Reaching its dramatic conclusion this week is the new version of one of British television’s most iconic sport shows. Based on the popular series of the 1970s and 80s, Superstars pits a new batch of athletes from a range of disciplines against each other in a series of sporting challenges. The show is hosted by Jim Rosenthal and Sharron Davies. This week’s action sees Steve Redgrave lead his White team against Kelly Holmes’s Reds to fight for the 2008 Superstars title. After eight exciting events, will it be the knight or the Dame to take the crown?

Launched in 1973, the original Superstars fast became a family favourite as fans tuned in to see top sporting stars compete in a variety of disciplines, including the 100-metre sprint, football, archery and tennis. During its 12-year run, Superstars was presented by David Vine and saw nearly 200 of the most famous sports men and women in Britain take part.

The first line-up included England’s World Cupwinning skipper Sir Bobby Moore and former F1 champion Sir Jackie Stewart. Other sporting heroes who queued up to appear included Geoff Hurst, Daley Thompson and Kevin Keegan, who memorably fell off his bike during the cycling trial, only to pick himself up and win the show. In a change to the original format, this series has seen athletes split into four teams of four – each containing three men and one woman.

Throughout the series, the teams have competed against each other in a mini-league – with the top two teams making it through to this week’s grand final. The venue for the competition is the prodigiously equipped K2 Arena in Crawley, which boasts professional facilities and a superb 50- metre swimming pool.

Over this series, the four teams have been led by five-time Olympic champion Sir Steve Redgrave, double-Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes, Olympic silver medallist Roger Black, MBE and rugby star Mike Catt, MBE – a member of England’s World Cup-winning side of 2003. Officiating over events has been former Premier League referee Graham Poll, whose 26 years of experience include two football World Cups and a number of high-profile finals.

Big sporting names that have appeared throughout include footballers Lee Sharpe and Roberto Di Matteo, cricketer Graham Thorpe, Olympic athlete Iwan Thomas, swimmers Mark Foster and Karen Pickering, boxer Jane Couch, rugby star Austin Healey, cyclist Chris Boardman, skier Alain Baxter and bob-skeleton Olympic medallist Shelley Rudman.

While many of the disciplines made famous in the original Superstars – including ‘beat the keeper’ and the dreaded ‘gym tests’ – have remained, this revived format has also included a range of new challenges, all designed to push the athletes to their limits. New to the competition for 2008 have been indoor speed climbing, pool kayaking and diving.

After a battle royal in the heats over the last seven weeks, this week sees Steve Redgrave’s Whites take on Kelly Holmes’s Reds in what promises to be a fiercely fought battle for the 2008 Superstars title. The eight events making up the final include the long jump, climbing, swimming, kayaking and archery, before the competition culminates in nailbiting style with one last round of gym tests. “We’re going to go in there and do our best,” promises underdog Kelly. “We’ll fight right until the end.”

The action begins on the athletics field, where British 400-metre record holder Iwan Thomas is the clear favourite to win the 100-metre sprint. In the event, Iwan strides ahead to claim first place as expected, but there is drama elsewhere. Teammate Graham Thorpe comes in last having suffered a torn hamstring – an injury that threatens to end his involvement in the final.

Over at the long-jump pit, meanwhile, Steve Redgrave also encounters some problems when he appears to pull up before a practice jump. Could this spell the end for the White team’s talismanic captain?

Continuing this week is the new version of one of British television’s most iconic sport shows. Based on the popular series of the 1970s and 80s, Superstars pits a new batch of athletes from a range of disciplines against each other in a series of sporting challenges. The show is hosted by Jim Rosenthal and Sharron Davies. This week’s action sees Mike Catt’s Blue team take on Kelly Holmes’s Reds for a place in the final.

Launched in 1973, the original Superstars fast became a family favourite as fans tuned in to see top sporting stars compete in a variety of disciplines, including the 100-metre sprint, football, archery and tennis. During its 12-year run, Superstars was presented by David Vine and saw nearly 200 of the most famous sports men and women in Britain take part.

The first line-up included England’s World Cupwinning skipper Sir Bobby Moore and former F1 champion Sir Jackie Stewart. Other sporting heroes who queued up to appear included Geoff Hurst, Daley Thompson and Kevin Keegan, who memorably fell off his bike during the cycling trial, only to pick himself up and win the show.

In a change to the original format, this new series sees athletes split into four teams of four – each containing three men and one woman. Throughout the series, the teams will compete against each other in a mini-league – with the top two teams contesting the grand final at the end of the series. The venue for this year’s competition is the prodigiously equipped K2 Arena in Crawley, which boasts professional facilities and a superb 50-metre swimming pool.

The four teams are to be led by five-time Olympic champion Sir Steve Redgrave, double-Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes, Olympic silver medallist Roger Black, MBE and rugby star Mike Catt, MBE – a member of England’s World Cupwinning side of 2003. Officiating over events will be former Premier League referee Graham Poll, whose 26 years of experience include two football World Cups and a number of high-profile finals.

Big sporting names appearing throughout the series include footballers Lee Sharpe and Roberto Di Matteo, cricketer Graham Thorpe, Olympic athlete Iwan Thomas, swimmers Mark Foster and Karen Pickering, boxer Jane Couch, rugby star Austin Healey, cyclist Chris Boardman, skier Alain Baxter and bob-skeleton Olympic medallist Shelley Rudman.

While many of the disciplines made famous in the original Superstars – including ‘beat the keeper’ and the dreaded ‘gym tests’ – will remain, this revived format also includes a range of new challenges, all designed to push the athletes to their limits. New to the competition for 2008 are indoor speed climbing, pool kayaking and diving.

This week, it is the final qualifying stage as Mike Catt’s Blues and Kelly Holmes’s Reds battle it out over six tense rounds. With this clash promising to be one of the tightest contests to date, which team will come out victorious and earn the right to face Steve Redgrave’s Whites in the final?

Continuing this week is the new version of one of British television’s most iconic sport shows. Based on the popular series of the 1970s and 80s, Superstars pits a new batch of athletes from a range of disciplines against each other in a series of sporting challenges. The show is hosted by Jim Rosenthal and Sharron Davies. This week’s action sees the White team take on the Yellows in the last qualifying round before the Superstars final.

Launched in 1973, the original Superstars fast became a family favourite as fans tuned in to see top sporting stars compete in a variety of disciplines, including the 100-metre sprint, football, archery and tennis. During its 12-year run, Superstars was presented by David Vine and saw nearly 200 of the most famous sports men and women in Britain take part.

The first line-up included England’s World Cupwinning skipper Sir Bobby Moore and former F1 champion Sir Jackie Stewart. Other sporting heroes who queued up to appear included Geoff Hurst, Daley Thompson and Kevin Keegan, who memorably fell off his bike during the cycling trial, only to pick himself up and win the show. In a change to the original format, this new series sees athletes split into four teams of four – each containing three men and one woman.

Throughout the series, the teams will compete against each other in a mini-league – with the top two teams contesting the grand final at the end of the series. The venue for this year’s competition is the prodigiously equipped K2 Arena in Crawley, which boasts professional facilities and a superb 50-metre swimming pool.

The four teams are to be led by five-time Olympic champion Sir Steve Redgrave, double-Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes, Olympic silver medallist Roger Black, MBE and rugby star Mike Catt, MBE – a member of England’s World Cupwinning side of 2003. Officiating over events will be former Premier League referee Graham Poll, whose 26 years of experience include two football World Cups and a number of high-profile finals.

Big sporting names appearing throughout the series include footballers Lee Sharpe and Roberto Di Matteo, cricketer Graham Thorpe, Olympic athlete Iwan Thomas, swimmers Mark Foster and Karen Pickering, boxer Jane Couch, rugby star Austin Healey, cyclist Chris Boardman, skier Alain Baxter and bob-skeleton Olympic medallist Shelley Rudman.

While many of the disciplines made famous in the original Superstars – including ‘beat the keeper’ and the dreaded ‘gym tests’ – will remain, this revived format also includes a range of new challenges, all designed to push the athletes to their limits. New to the competition for 2008 are indoor speed climbing, pool kayaking and diving.

This week’s events mark the third and final round of qualifying as Sir Steve Redgrave’s Whites take on Roger Black’s Yellow team. With the Whites in dominant form in the competition so far, and with the team’s five-time Olympic champion captain unaccustomed to giving up a lead, can Roger and the Yellows halt their march to the Superstars final? The signature event in this week’s show is archery.

Continuing this week is the new version of one of British television’s most iconic sport shows. Based on the popular series of the 1970s and 80s, Superstars pits a new batch of athletes from a range of disciplines against each other in a series of sporting challenges. This week’s show sees the start of round two as Steve Redgrave’s White team faces off against Mike Catt’s Blues in events including swimming and basketball.

Launched in 1973, the original Superstars fast became a family favourite as fans tuned in to see top sporting stars compete in a variety of disciplines, including the 100-metre sprint, football, archery and tennis. During its 12-year run, Superstars was presented by David Vine and saw nearly 200 of the most famous sports men and women in Britain take part.

The first line-up included England’s World Cupwinning skipper Sir Bobby Moore and former F1 champion Sir Jackie Stewart. Other sporting heroes who queued up to appear included Geoff Hurst, Daley Thompson and Kevin Keegan, who memorably fell off his bike during the cycling trial, only to pick himself up and win the show. In a change to the original format, this new series sees athletes split into four teams of four – each containing three men and one woman.

Throughout the series, the teams will compete against each other in a mini-league – with the top two teams contesting the grand final at the end of the series. The venue for this year’s competition is the prodigiously equipped K2 Arena in Crawley, which boasts professional facilities and a superb 50-metre swimming pool.

The four teams are to be led by five-time Olympic champion Sir Steve Redgrave, double- Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes, Olympic silver medallist Roger Black, MBE and rugby star Mike Catt, MBE – a member of England’s World Cup-winning side in 2003. Officiating over events will be former Premier League referee Graham Poll, whose 26 years of experience include two football World Cups and a number of high-profile finals.

Big sporting names appearing throughout the series include footballers Lee Sharpe and Roberto Di Matteo, cricketer Graham Thorpe, Olympic athlete Iwan Thomas, swimmers Mark Foster and Karen Pickering, boxer Jane Couch, rugby star Austin Healey, cyclist Chris Boardman, skier Alain Baxter and bob-skeleton Olympic medallist Shelley Rudman.

While many of the disciplines made famous in the original Superstars – including ‘beat the keeper’ and the dreaded ‘gym tests’ – will remain, this revived format also includes a range of new challenges, all designed to push the athletes to their limits. New to the competition for 2008 are indoor speed climbing, pool kayaking and diving.

This week sees the start of round two, with Steve Redgrave’s Whites taking on Mike Catt’s Blues in events including basketball and swimming. With both sides proving to be very evenly matched, will the captains’ wildcards make a crucial difference?

Continuing this week is the new version of one of British television’s most iconic sport shows.

Based on the popular series of the 1970s and 80s, Superstars pits a new batch of athletes from a range of disciplines against each other in a series of sporting challenges. This week’s show sees Mike Catt’s Blue team go head-to-head with Roger Black’s Yellows as the first round of the Superstars mini-league comes to an end.

Launched in 1973, the original Superstars fast became a family favourite as fans tuned in to see top sporting stars compete in a variety of disciplines, including the 100-metre sprint, football, archery and tennis. During its 12-year run, Superstars was presented by David Vine and saw nearly 200 of the most famous sports men and women in Britain take part.

The first line-up included England’s World Cupwinning skipper Sir Bobby Moore and former F1 champion Sir Jackie Stewart. Other sporting heroes who queued up to appear included Geoff Hurst, Daley Thompson and Kevin Keegan, who memorably fell off his bike during the cycling trial, only to pick himself up and win the show. In a change to the original format, this new series sees athletes split into four teams of four – each containing three men and one woman.

Throughout the series, the teams will compete against each other in a mini-league – with the top two teams contesting the grand final at the end of the series. The venue for this year’s competition is the prodigiously equipped K2 Arena in Crawley, which boasts professional facilities and a superb 50-metre swimming pool.

The four teams are to be led by five-time Olympic champion Sir Steve Redgrave, double- Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes, Olympic silver medallist Roger Black, MBE and rugby star Mike Catt, MBE – a member of England’s World Cup-winning side in 2003. Officiating over events will be former Premier League referee Graham Poll, whose 26 years of experience include two football World Cups and a number of high-profile finals.

Big sporting names appearing throughout the series include footballers Lee Sharpe and Roberto Di Matteo, cricketer Graham Thorpe, Olympic athlete Iwan Thomas, swimmers Mark Foster and Karen Pickering, boxer Jane Couch, rugby star Austin Healey, cyclist Chris Boardman, skier Alain Baxter and bob-skeleton Olympic medallist Shelley Rudman.

While many of the disciplines made famous in the original Superstars – including ‘beat the keeper’ and the dreaded ‘gym tests’ – will remain, this revived format also includes a range of new challenges, all designed to push the athletes to their limits. New to the competition for 2008 are indoor speed climbing, pool kayaking and diving.

This week’s programme sees the end of round one as Mike Catt’s Blues take on Roger Black’s Yellow team. After all four teams have competed, the skippers have the chance to analyse their performances so far. What will the standings be in the Superstars mini-league?

Making its long-awaited return to UK screens this week is one of British television’s most iconic sport shows. Based on the popular series of the 1970s and 80s, this brand-new version of Superstars pits a new batch of athletes from a range of disciplines against each other in a series of sporting challenges. The opening instalment sees the team captains make their all-important player selections for the rest of the series.

Launched in 1973, the original Superstars fast became a family favourite as fans tuned in to see top sporting stars compete in a variety of disciplines, including the 100m sprint, football, archery and tennis. During its 12-year run, Superstars was presented by David Vine and saw nearly 200 of the most famous sports men and women in Britain take part.

The first line-up included England’s World Cupwinning skipper Sir Bobby Moore and former F1 champion Sir Jackie Stewart. Other sporting heroes who queued up to appear included Geoff Hurst, Daley Thompson and Kevin Keegan, who memorably fell off his bike during the cycling trial, only to pick himself up and win the show. In a change to the original format, this new series sees athletes split into four teams of four – each containing three men and one woman.

Throughout the series, the teams will compete against each other in a mini-league – with the top two teams contesting the grand final at the end of the series. The venue for this year’s competition is the prodigiously equipped K2 Arena in Crawley, which boasts professional facilities and a superb 50-metre swimming pool.

The four teams are to be led by five-time Olympic champion Sir Steve Redgrave, double- Olympic gold medalist Dame Kelly Holmes, Olympic silver medalist Roger Black, MBE and rugby star Mike Catt, MBE – a member of England’s World Cup-winning side in 2003. Officiating over events will be former Premier League referee Graham Poll, whose 26 years of experience include two football World Cups and a number of high-profile finals.

Big sporting names appearing throughout the series include footballers Lee Sharpe and Roberto Di Matteo, cricketer Graham Thorpe, Olympic athlete Iwan Thomas, swimmers Mark Foster and Karen Pickering, boxer Jane Couch, rugby star Austin Healey, cyclist Chris Boardman, skier Alain Baxter and bob-skeleton Olympic medallist Shelley Rudman.

While many of the disciplines made famous in the original Superstars – including ‘beat the keeper’ and the dreaded ‘gym tests’ – will remain, this revived format also includes a range of new challenges, all designed to push the athletes to their limits. New to the competition for 2008 are indoor speed climbing, pool kayaking and diving.

In this week’s series opener, the four captains must go through the important process of selecting the teams that will remain with them for the next eight weeks. Before they can start choosing, however, Steve, Kelly, Roger and Mike must compete against each other for the right to have ‘first pick’. The team ‘seconds’ must then compete for the next choice, and so on until all athletes are part of a team. Once the teams have been decided, the real competition can begin.

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