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Richard Popp - on 02 Mar 2018

I managed to miss much of the coverage of the recent winter Olympics but noticed  the commentators and their commentary got a fair amount of coverage themselves.

As much as I am completely against climbing being in the Olympics I did begin to wonder who might be suitable to take on this role for the Olympic crimpers and crankers? A still slightly boyish team of Neil G and Timmy? The warm Yorkshire wisdom of Steve Mac? The technical Scottish master, Dave McC? An irreverent and nationally unknown local wag? Women? The younger generation?

Nominations so they can get applying for all those nice grants for a one time shot at the crown.

Dell on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Richard Popp:

Alan Partridge. 

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ChrisBrooke - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Richard Popp:

It's got to be Niall Grimes. The world is not ready, but I would love to be watching the Olympics on the BBC, pissing myself laughing as he does his thing. 

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Oceanrower - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Richard Popp:

Mountain Spirit. After all, he'll have climbed with most of them by then...

 

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elliott92 - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Richard Popp:

It'll be mr Liam Lonsdale and an older hard climber i reckon. Can't wait to see our sport get Olympic recognition 

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Andrew Kin - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Richard Popp:

Olympic commentators.  Choose two from

Roger Black

Sally Gunnell

Clare Balding

Michael Johnson

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Richard Popp - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to ChrisBrooke: Oh, of course, forgot Niall, teamed with that Irish comedian!

Or a really sarky women. 

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Richard Popp - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to elliott92:Fair enough, but who is Liam Lonsadale (Mr)?

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Fredt on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Richard Popp:

Helen Skelton.

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Ian W - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Richard Popp:

He does the commentary on the IFSC world cup (some rounds at least), the UIAA ice world cup, and various UK national comps.

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Graeme Alderson on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Ian W:

Liam does not do IFSC World Cups.

Mike Langley has done a few IFSC World Cups both Lead and Boulder. He would be in the frame.

Leah Crane would also be a possibility.

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summo on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Richard Popp:

Andy Kirkpatrick.

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morphomouse - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Richard Popp:

I quite enjoyed Leah Crane during the Moonboard Masters competition this year as well as of course the BIFF. Informative yet entertaining.

Post edited at 11:48
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trouserburp - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Richard Popp:

Joe Brown

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Jim Lancs on 02 Mar 2018

It'll be Chris Bonington as he's the only recognisable name in TV land.

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Durbs on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Graeme Alderson:

> Liam does not do IFSC World Cups.

> Mike Langley has done a few IFSC World Cups both Lead and Boulder. He would be in the frame.

> Leah Crane would also be a possibility.

I think Liam & Leah would be a good combo. And Grimer.

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AndyPagett - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Richard Popp:

Grimer.

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JLS on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Graeme Alderson:

>"Leah Crane would also be a possibility."

Leah Crane has certainly impressed as a presenter (rather than commentator) at recent comps. She seems to have a natural talent for the job.

I'm a fan of Charlie Boscoe over Liam and Mike however Niall Grimes would be my first choice.

Dream team:

Leah - presenting.

Charlie - commentating.

Steve Mac - analysing.

Niall - roving reporter.

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Graeme Alderson on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Durbs:

There will likely be 2 lots of commentators, one for the Beeb and one for the Olympic Broadcasting Service - the OBS provide all of the pictures from the Olympics and provide a commentary for countries that don't have their own.

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fromsinkingships on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Richard Popp:

John Redhead would be great and a total mind f*ck

Richard Popp - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Graeme Alderson: Is there already a debate about this on the competition scene? It's a whole other world to me.

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trouserburp - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Richard Popp:

Terry Wogan?

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The New NickB - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Andrew Kin:

> Olympic commentators.  Choose two from

> Roger Black

> Sally Gunnell

> Clare Balding

> Michael Johnson

None of them are commentators, I don’t think Black and Gunnell even work for the BBC these days. The BBC ‘experts’ that turn their hand to pretty much anything seem to be Cram, Backley and Edwards, or Simon Brotherton.

They do usual get someone involved in the actual sport as well though.

spenser - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to fromsinkingships:

I'm not sure the general public could cope with John Redhead!

BrendanO - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Graeme Alderson:

Liam Lonsdale (thanks, I couldny remember his name) did the commentary at World Cup last Sept at Rarho. I'd never heard of him, but actually, he was very good at it! Seems an obvious choice.

Hazel Findlay? -British, brave, female, and surely also the next Chief Scout? And a "proper climber" so no mumps from UKC (actually, that last point is impossible)

 

Shauna Coxsey? Natalie Berry? -tonnes of comp climbing experience!!

The Wide Boyz? -they have very good chemistry, important when not much is happening, or itgoes wrong.

Andy Kirkpatrick isn't a bad suggestion, bit of wry humour!

What about Jamie Andrew? Paralympian Climber, and motivational speaker of many years, he's surely got to be under consideration?

 

 

 

 

Aye, Jamie Andrew. Possibly with JP Devlin who does the darts, cos he'd be good. And Hazel obvs. On our "first time out there", it would be great if we didn't appear to be a grndered sport.

 

 

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Graeme Alderson on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to BrendanO:

I think Liam was the compere at the Ratho WC rather than the TV/webcast commentator.

Hopefully Shauna will be competing!

Dave Garnett - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to ChrisBrooke:

> It's got to be Niall Grimes. 

Go on Shauna, go on Shauna...

Has to be Grimer.

 

Ian W - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Graeme Alderson:

> Liam does not do IFSC World Cups.

> Mike Langley has done a few IFSC World Cups both Lead and Boulder. He would be in the frame.

> Leah Crane would also be a possibility.


Yes, my bad. And i should know the distinction as  i spoke quite a bit to mike and liam at the Ratho WC!!

Andrew Kin - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to The New NickB:

How are none of them commentators?  I suppose if you are talking about someone giving a blow by blow talk through of an event, yes maybe so.  But the list was to demonstrate that the Olympic climbing event will be given about as much consideration as most of the other none track & field events on TV.

The people listed, or similar if you want to mention Cram & co will be given the job of "coming live from....." but I do not expect anything like what is being discussed here.

Lets wait and see.

tom_in_edinburgh - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Richard Popp:

I reckon the BBC will follow their normal strategy for World Cup football for the climbing commentary.  They'll hire Bob Pettigrew and tell him to just go on and on about events in 1966 and pretty much ignore what's happening on the wall. 

The New NickB - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Andrew Kin:

We will see. Looking at the Winter Olympics there was a mix of professional commentators and people who had competed in the events; Amy Williams, Alex Coomber (Skeleton), John Jackson (Bob), Jackie Lockhart (Curling), Wilf O’Riley (Speed Skating), Christopher Dean, Robin Cousins (Figure Skating), Chemie Alcott, Graeme Bell (Skiing), Ed Leigh, Jenny Jones (Boarding).

Graeme Alderson on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Andrew Kin:

Taekwondo was pretty small in the UK pre London yet the Beeb had a specialist commentator for that - Mike Cullen who was a Scottish taekwondo team member, and also did one season of commentary for the IFSC webcasting.

Robert Durran - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Richard Popp:

The Ozzy Reviews man. He's pretty good at the badminton:

https://www.facebook.com/ozzymanreviews/videos/1261223350580196/

Ondra is definitely doing "next level shit".

Ideally teamed up with Grimer for expert analysis.

 

Ian W - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to tom_in_edinburgh:

Jesus, that could be comedy gold. Just wait until he has an attempt at all those wierd foreign names........

Luke90 on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Richard Popp:

Surely Leo Houlding has to be on the shortlist?! As far as I'm aware, he has no interest in competition climbing and no commentating experience, but he has appeared on the BBC before so they'll have his number and he could wingsuit into the commentary booth. That's probably all the qualification you need.

Who would the American broadcasters want? Presumably, the only two faces the public might recognise... Alex "no fear" Honnold and Tommy "Dawn Wall" Caldwell.

afterthesend - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Richard Popp:

> Women?

 

They'll be getting the vote next!

 

Andrew Kin - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to The New NickB:

Why are you looking at the winter Olympics?  It has no relation to this.  Those commentators mentioned are commentating on a big important part of the winter Olympics.  Truth be told, whoever is commentating on climbing in the Olympics is doing the graveyard shift akin to Taekwondo or judo.  You normally see a round or two and a medal ceremony on tv with Claire Balding doing the links.

 

teh_mark on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Richard Popp:

A duo of Mountain Spirit and Johnny Dawes.

Steve Perry - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Richard Popp:

Bear Grylls, you know it, I know it...oh f**k!!

 

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The New NickB - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Andrew Kin:

The comparison with the Winter Olympics is simple, recent, Olympic competition, featuring largely minority sports.

Hat Dude on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Steve Perry:

> Bear Grylls, you know it, I know it...oh f**k!!


He'll be too busy taking the urine samples

Andrew Kin - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to The New NickB:

Comparing the Winter Olympics to Summer Olympics is like comparing a Brother Beyond reunion gig to Live Aid.

I am not confessing to knowing much about show jumping, fencing, diving, taekwondo etc etc but I have enjoyed the limited coverage over the last decade or so when my sleep pattern matched up and I got to take in the nature of the competition.  What I do know is unless the Olympic climbing event is streamed separately on some form of youtube link where we can benefit from proper commentary, the likelihood is as I have described.

fromsinkingships on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Richard Popp:

Steve Backshall could be a shout. Already on the BBC, known by the general public and big into his climbing.

Graeme Alderson on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Andrew Kin:

Everything at the Olympics is available live, on OBS or on BBC.com and they will have a specialist commentator. What the Beeb show on the telly box remains to be seen.

Whether climbing is on at a reasonable time will depend on where they think the biggest TV audience is and schedule the event to suit that audience. At the moment that target is Japan.

Michael Gordon - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Richard Popp:

I guess it perhaps depends if you mean commentators or pundits (the former could really be done by someone with just a learned knowledge rather than having to be a climber). For the latter, ideally someone who has competed at a national level (in climbing) in the past, who is both enthusiastic and able to inform. I don't know who that would mean in practice but there must be plenty possibilities - Nat Berry, Gaz Parry etc? 

The New NickB - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Andrew Kin:

I’m not comparing Summer and Winter Olympics, I’m looking at a recent example of treatment of minority sports within a games setting. Given that the BBC coverage of the Olympics does include a dozen or more feeds on the red button and online, and that Athletics commentators will be busy commentating on Athletics, specialist commentators will be required, the Winter Olympics is a recent example of their willingness to use them.

zv - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Richard Popp:

Who could do the job better than Jerry Moffat? World Cup winner and what a story teller!

Greenbanks - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Richard Popp:

Paul Whitehouse, from The Fast Show..."Beany hats for goalposts...isn't it"

tom_in_edinburgh - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Graeme Alderson:

> There will likely be 2 lots of commentators, one for the Beeb and one for the Olympic Broadcasting Service - the OBS provide all of the pictures from the Olympics and provide a commentary for countries that don't have their own.

Maybe Amazon will outbid the Beeb and we'll get Clarkson and May.

Wiley Coyote2 - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Richard Popp:

Sylvester Stallone, he's  brilliant at pretend climbing

 

alx on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to fromsinkingships:

> John Redhead would be great and a total mind f*ck

I think he maybe misunderstood by the Japanese hosts..

Imagine it: An elderly John Redhead live on TV, whinging about what is truth, love and the intangible metamorphosis of movement into light through climbing, complete with scaling the speed wall without a rope only to have a wank behind the auto-belays.

Graeme Alderson on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to zmv:

Yeah but on the 5th telling of the me, myself and I story they might realise he is the wrong person ;-)

AP Melbourne - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to alx:

> Imagine it: An elderly John Redhead live on TV, whinging about what is truth, love and the intangible metamorphosis of movement into light through climbing, complete with scaling the speed wall without a rope only to have a wank behind the auto-belays.

Classic! JR would even find that hilarious alx!

I still vote for Grimer though - hands down surely with the odd special cameo appearance from Big Ron "Aye" - or my mate Charlie Creese [check out our interview vid] who's a consummate professional.

 

 

McKEuan - on 02 Mar 2018
In reply to Richard Popp:

God please don't be Lonsdale. Irritant.

Ruined la sportiva legends with his inane b******t.

cragtyke on 03 Mar 2018
In reply to Richard Popp:

If it's the beeb It'll be some tw*t in a beanie or Matt Baker, god help us. Brian Blessed would be my choice.

FactorXXX - on 03 Mar 2018
In reply to Richard Popp:

Stanley Unwin.

summo on 03 Mar 2018
In reply to cragtyke:

> If it's the beeb It'll be some tw*t in a beanie or Matt Baker, god help us. Brian Blessed would be my choice.

Or worse still, Claire Baldwin, asking questions like " how would Bonnington have faired in this competition, would he have won gold?"

Michael Hood - on 03 Mar 2018
In reply to Hat Dude: I like the idea of bear Grylls with Grimer. Forget the competition and film the commentary box to see how long it takes...

 

alx on 03 Mar 2018
In reply to cragtyke:

> Brian Blessed would be my choice.

Yes Yes Yes! Blessed screaming "Fly my beauties fly!" at the speed climbing with a baffled Japanese co-commentator.

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The New NickB - on 03 Mar 2018
In reply to summo:

> Or worse still, Claire Baldwin, asking questions like " how would Bonnington have faired in this competition, would he have won gold?"

I bet she could spell her name and his!

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Andy Gamisou - on 04 Mar 2018
In reply to summo:

> Or worse still, Claire Baldwin, asking questions like " how would Bonnington have faired in this competition, would he have won gold?"

Well maybe he would - only if someone was placed at the top of the route dangling a tenner for him though.

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Andy Gamisou - on 04 Mar 2018
In reply to alx:

> Yes Yes Yes! Blessed screaming "Fly my beauties fly!" at the speed climbing with a baffled Japanese co-commentator.

This might actually just about make it watchable.

James Rigby on 04 Mar 2018
In reply to Steve Perry:

Everyone knows Grylls is the foremost climber in UK :')


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