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RTE's Tracy backs Katie for Olympic success

RTE PRESENTER Tracy Piggott is looking forward to hosting her fifth Olympic Games for Irish viewers and this time her biggest hopes rest on boxer Katie Taylor.

"I really think Katie is not appreciated enough for what she has achieved. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that she wins gold -- fingers, toes and ears!" said the RTE stalwart.

"I've met Katie a few times and she is an amazing person. She is so special."

She will be hosting RTE's television coverage of the London Games between 1pm and 4pm for each of the three weekends, and will use the weekdays to cover the Galway Races.

Tracy has been hosting Olympic coverage since Athens in 1996. She was also broadcasting for the Sydney, Atlanta and Beijing games. She "never had the privilege" of travelling to any of the games, but she has been delighted to host programmes from Dublin.


"I really love the swimming and the athletics and, of course, the boxing. I remember boxers Bernard Dunne and Andy Lee being in the studio with me and it was great doing the boxing with them. And this year Katie is there."

Although a native of the UK, she said she had no problem in declaring that her loyalties lie with Irish athletes, even when competing against Britons.

"I've lived in Ireland now for 25 years. And I've been with the Irish rugby team for eight seasons when I backed them against England. So my loyalties for these Olympics will be very green," she said.

A keen cycling enthusiast, Tracy is a big fan of the British sprint cyclist Victoria Pendleton and will be wishing her well.

The toughest Olympics she covered was Sydney 2000, when she presented All Night Sydney. It meant she was in the studio all night long until 7am.

The London Olympics' opening ceremony will be on July 27 and the games will be closed on August 12.