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Norfolk’s Jake Humphrey looks ahead to the Olympic Games

12:07 10 July 2012

Jake Humphrey.

Jake Humphrey.

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Not many people have achieved their lifetime ambitions by the age of 35, but Jake Humphrey certainly has.

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This summer will see the former Norwich schoolboy presenting at the Olympic Games for the second time.

He will join a line-up including Jonathan Edwards, Clare Balding, Hazel Irvine and Sue Barker as the BBC broadcasts the summer Olympics for the 15th time.

This summer, Jake, who grew up in Stoke Holy Cross, just south of Norwich, will be presenting the track cycling from the velodrome. He will also anchor coverage on BBC Three in the evenings.

The Formula 1 presenter said: “I’m so excited and I’m confident that I will be seeing the most gold medals won by Great Britain at this year’s Olympic Games.

“My mum and dad are coming down to watch and I’m hoping people from across Norfolk have managed to get tickets and that I will hear a lot of Norfolk accents.”

Jake, 33, who attended Framingham Earl High School and sixth form at the Hewett School, worked at Anglia TV before getting his big break in children’s television on CBBC.

He has hosted BBC’s Formula 1 coverage for three seasons and was one of the presenters in Beijing for the 2008 Games – both of which he said were “lifetime ambitions”.

Ahead of this year’s Games, he got a taste of the track cycling by presenting at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in February which acted as an Olympic test event.

“That was amazing and for a lot of British cycling fans who hadn’t managed to get tickets for the Olympics, that was their Olympic Games,” he said.

“To host that was stunning and that velodrome was designed to get the best from the crowd. It’s going to be a very special few days in that velodrome, it’s going to be great.”

One of the events he said he was most looking forward to watching inside the velodrome is the omnium, a new track cycling event for this year’s Olympics.

The race consists of six events – the flying lap, a points race, the elimination round, individual pursuit, a scratch race and a time trial – and Britain’s Laura Trott stormed to victory at the World Track Cycling championships in Melbourne, Australia.

Meanwhile, away from the velodrome, Jake said he was looking forward to action inside and outside the venues.

He said: “I’m looking forward to seeing Usain Bolt. Seeing him winning his golds and breaking those records was incredible in China.

“Usain Bolt has got an awareness of what people expect from him. People expect excitement and I’m sure that’s what they will see.

“I’m also looking forward to the atmosphere across the Olympic Park. They have done a wonderful job. Just to think how it looked before and how it looks now is incredible, it looks amazing and is going to blow people’s minds. It’s going to be something special.”

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