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BBC Coverage Tuesday, 15 January, 2002, 11:38 GMT
Sue Barker
Sue Barker
Formerly Britain's number one tennis player and world number three, Sue Barker started work as a sports broadcaster with Australia's Channel 7 in 1985.

She then joined BSkyB in 1990 and later moved to Sky Sports.

She made her BBC-TV debut co-presenting the evening programme from Wimbledon 1993 with Harry Carpenter.

Since then she has collected a wealth of experience presenting world class competitions.

The include the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, World and European Skating Championships, racing from Longchamps and major tennis tournaments.


How on earth do people throw themselves down that slope and launch into the air?

Sue Barker on the Ski Jump

In addition to this, Sue became the established host for Sunday Grandstand in 1994.

She has worked on the BBC-TV documentary Chalk Flew Up, a history of Wimbledon's Court Number One which made its final appearance during Wimbledon 1995.

Her credits also include hosting Sports Personality of the Year and A Question of Sport. In 1998 she won the TRIC award for sports presenter/reporter of the year.

Sue first covered the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer in 1994, where she witnessed the comeback of Torvill and Dean.

Bravery

She said that she found the event very moving as the pair were so charismatic.

In stark contrast to ice skating she is also a big fan of ice hockey, enjoying the speed and physical side of the game.

Sue says, "There are some really brutal battles as there is so much pride at stake, especially when countries are playing against each other."

Sue is also completely in awe of the athletes who take part in the ski jump.

She said: "At the last Winter Olympics, Steve [Rider] and I stood at the top of the slope and it was terrifying. I couldn't bear to stand any less than six feet from the edge.

"How on earth do people throw themselves down that slope and launch into the air? And their knees must really feel it on landing."

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