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Issued:09/07/08

What does it take to win an Olympic medal? What's going to be different about Beijing? How do you prepare for the biggest sporting event of your life?

You can ask those who know at Sheffield Hallam University's special 'Lighting the Flame' Olympic 'Any Questions?' event on July 21.

Runner Peter Elliott, the 1988 Seoul Olympics 1,500 metre silver medallist from Rotherham, will join Leon Taylor, the Sheffield-based diver who took silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics, and Paralympian table tennis star Sue Gilroy from Barnsley, who is representing Britain at this year's Beijing games.

Also on the panel will be Sheffield Hallam University's Professor of Sport Psychology Ian Maynard, who has acted as a consultant to many medal winners including Leon Taylor, boxer Amir Khan and the GB sailing team who between them won 11 medals in the 2004 games.

Ian has assisted teams at the Barcelona and Athens Olympics, the Manchester Commonwealth Games and World Championships, focusing on areas such as anxiety and stress management, mental toughness and confidence building.

Chaired by Radio Sheffield's Sports Editor Paul Walker, Olympic 'Any Questions?' is jointly presented by Sheffield Hallam University and BBC Radio Sheffield, who will be recording the evening for transmission before the Beijing games begin.

Reserve your free tickets for this exclusive event taking place on Monday 21 July at 6pm for 6.30pm in the University's Pennine Theatre, City Campus, by emailing events@shu.ac.ukor call 0114 225 4957. Free refreshments before and after the event are also provided. 

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