Laura B joins Superstars TV special

Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris
Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris. © Kit Houghton/FEI

Olympic gold and silver medalist Laura Bechtolsheimer joins 15 other Olympians in a relaunch of the 1970s British show Superstars.

The eight men and eight women will compete in eight different disciplines in the BBC show.

Bechtolsheimer, who won team dressage gold and individual silver at London 2012, will join fellow Olympians including 5,000m and 10,000m Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah, triathlete Alistair Brownlee, boxer Anthony Joshua, Nicola Adams, Katherine Grainger and Helen Glover.

The disciplines include 100m and 800m on the track, javelin competition, archery, a 50m swim race, kayaking, cycling, and a grand finale of gym tests.

The show will be staged at the University of Bath.

Bechtolsheimer told Horse and Hound: “There haven’t been many equestrian athletes over the years who have taken part in Superstars so I am looking forward to representing the riders, hopefully without causing too much embarrassment!”

Superstars was first broadcast in Britain in the 1970s and 80s, based on a US format. It ended in 1985 but returned in 2002 as a one-off special for Sport Relief and led to the making of a new series the following year.


Olympic Superstars 2012

  • Alistair Brownlee: Gold, triathlon
  • Jonathan Brownlee: Bronze, triathlon
  • Mo Farah: Gold, 5,000m and 10,000m
  • Robbie Grabarz: Bronze, high jump
  • Michael Jamieson: Silver, 200m breast stroke swimming
  • Anthony Joshua: Gold, super-heavyweight boxing
  • Andrew Triggs Hodge: Gold, rowing (coxless four)
  • Peter Wilson: Gold, shooting (double trap)
  • Nicola Adams: Gold, flyweight boxing
  • Lizzie Armitstead: Silver, cycling (road race)
  • Laura Bechtolsheimer: Gold and bronze, dressage
  • Gemma Gibbons: Silver, judo
  • Helen Glover: Gold, rowing (coxless pair)
  • Katherine Grainger: Gold, rowing (double sculls)
  • Jade Jones: Gold, taekwondo
  • Christine Ohuruogu: Silver, 400m




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