Former City of Norwich runner talks of Olympic blogging experience

A sports graduate from Reepham who ran for team GB as a junior interviewed London 2012's most elusive British competitor after winning a competition to blog from the Olympics for Samsung.

Rachel Stringer, a former 800m athlete who studied sports science and marketing at Loughborough University, was selected to produce online videos and articles about the atmosphere at London 2012 after submitting a 30 second video and blog about the Norwich Race for Life.

In the week before the Olympics she met artists who had been commissioned by the organisers, captured the mood of people visiting the capital, and took part in an interview with chef Jamie Oliver, and later saw Serena Williams compete at Wimbledon and watched cycling and basketball.

She said the interview with troubled triple jumper Phillips Idowu, held before he crashed out in the qualifying round, was 'really nice' but she was banned from asking tough questions about his controversial lead up to the Games.

She said: 'I had never watched basketball before but I joined up with some Aussies who were out there and they were supporting the women's team. The atmosphere was amazing and I have been converted into a basketball fan.

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'I feel sorry for people who didn't have Olympic tickets because they are missing out. It's been a brilliant experience.'

To read Rachel's blogs, see

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