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Olympian Matthew Pinsent talks Dorney and 2012
Matthew Pinsent
Matthew Pinsent opened Langley Academy in 2009

Olympic rower Matthew Pinsent has many links to Berkshire.

The Redgrave-Pinsent Rowing Lake in Caversham is named after the former member of the Leander Club.

Rowing will take centre stage in Berkshire during the Games as the GB Rowing Squad train in Caversham and will compete at Dorney Lake on the Berkshire/Buckinghamshire border.

With exactly two years to go until the opening ceremony, Pinsent spoke to BBC Radio Berkshire's Anne Diamond.

As he stood in the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, London, Pinsent said: "The seating arena is basically finished, there's a roof and lights and seats in some areas which is fantastic.

"They only need to roll out a track and a bit of grass and essentially this will be done.

"It's amazing the progress they've made in the last year or so."

Party atmosphere

Pinsent said Dorney Lake had long been ready to be used as an international rowing centre and competition venue, having been completed even before the Olympic bid was secured.

"Dorney is done," he said: "They had the Rowing World Championships there in 2006."

Pinsent said that he thought Britain could do even better than the 2008 Beijing Olympics, in which the GB Rowing Team won six medals for Britain.

He said that it was easy to be "sniffy" about the Olympics, before actually experiencing it.

"Go to an Olympic city and see an opening ceremony, see the party atmosphere, see the celebration," he said.

"See the competition which is fierce.

"It's not uncommon that you'll get people embracing and handshakes and hugs on the medal podium between two people who moments ago were racing for their lives against each other.

"That's wonderful about the Olympics, it's competition without aggression, it is a celebration of sport and I'm so proud it's coming to London.

"It's going to be wonderful."




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