Australia had last won an Equestrian gold in 1960 at Rome. In this episode Laurie will share with you the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and the quest for gold by the Equestrian team.
In this episode, Laurie looks back on his time at the Olympic games in Seoul during 1988. In particular, reflecting on a united team front which was displayed.
In this episode, Laurie looks back on his time and experiences at the Seoul Olympics in 1988, including Debbie Flintoff-King’s win in her 400 m hurdles event, as well as Duncan Armstrong’s gold medal win.
In this episode, Laurie speaks about how Barcelona in 1992 brings back a multitude of memories for him. He reminisces about the Olympic games, including the highs and lows, and how his Swimmer Julie McDonald failed to qualify for 400 or 800-meter freestyle final.
The Seoul 88 Olympics hold very special memories for Laurie. In this episode, he shares memories and the magnificent team feeling in the Australian camp. The spirit generated by the Socceroos helped bring the Australian team together – it gave them a sense of unity and a feeling belonging. I felt proud to be Australian.
In this episode Laurie Lawrence interviews Duncan Armstrong, Commonwealth Games and Olympic Champion, and Order of Australia Recipient. Duncan, coached by Laurie Lawrence, won Olympic gold at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.
Laurie takes us back to Duncan’s teens where his swimming career and recounts Duncan’s relentless pursuit of Olympic gold.
This bonus episode is brought to you by Swimming Australia.
If you have no plan, you are treading the path of failure. Phil was the perfect architect, he made plans and his planning was professional and total. And his execution – nothing short of poetic. It was only after Laurie became friendly with Debbie Flintoff-King and her coach and husband Phil King that he became aware of just how ruthless, persistent and single-minded they were in their pursuit of excellence and Olympic gold.
Laurie recounts the first time he ever encountered David Berkoff at the Olympic Games. The closest thing he’s ever seen to a fish, Laurie says. Best known for his powerful underwater start, the eponymous “Berkoff Blastoff”. He completes almost half of the 100m backstroke underwater, taking only a few breaths throughout the race. David is a remarkable man with high aspirations. Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in two events. Berkoff was a backstroke specialist who won a total of four Olympic medals during his career at two different Olympic Games.
Laurie tells the story of the incomparable Dawn Fraser. Dawn helped shape Laurie’s love of swimming and as a starry-eyed kid used to chase her around the Tobruk pool hunting for autographs. Dawn won the most gold medals by any Australian at the Olympics. She was the first woman to break 60 seconds for the 100m freestyle, held the 100m freestyle record for 15 years and held the world record for 8 years after her forced retirement.