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Tuesday, 15 January, 2002, 11:40 GMT

Steve Rider

BBC Sport's Steve Rider is the main presenter of Grandstand, as has covered both the Summer and Winter Olympics.

Steve began his career as a junior sports reporter on his local weekly newspaper in South East London before going to work at Hayters sports agency.

He reported on the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow for ITV and occasionally presented its flagship sports programme, World Of Sport.

Steve joined BBC Sport in July 1985. After spending six years presenting Sportsnight, he moved over to his current job as the main presenter of Grandstand, succeeding Des Lynam.

In October 1998, he presented Grandstand's special 40th birthday edition from Ascot Racecourse.

Charlton fan

Steve has worked on many major events for the BBC including several Olympic Games and Olympic Winter Games, as well as Commonwealth Games.

He is also the frontman for the BBC's golf and motorsport coverage, and his role with Grandstand involves presenting prestigious events such as rugby union's Six Nations Championship.

A regular co-presenter of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Steve plays golf and has a keen interest in motor racing.

Steve lives in Berkshire with his wife and two children.

He is a life-long supporter of Charlton Athletic FC, but tries not to let it show during Final Score.

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