Jonathan Edward’s extraordinary achievements have earned him a place in history as one of the world’s greatest and most admired athletes.
Since retiring in 2003, Jonathan has been a key member of the BBC Sports team lead presenting all the major athletics events and becoming one of their key pundits and commentators. Alongside the Olympics in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 he presented the canoe slalom and athletics morning sessions at the London 2012 games live from the stadium and joined the commentary team for the evening sessions, as well as presenting live from the Diamond League events for BBC 3’s coverage. Jonathan also presented the morning programme of the London 2012 Paralympic Games for channel 4.
After a fantastic Summer of Sport, 2013 saw Jonathon’s presenting responsibilities extend even further. Jonathan anchored the BBC’s broadcast of the inaugural Prudential Ride London, morning sessions at the cycling World Championships in Moscow; as well as his first Cycling World Championships in Florence. His major live event credentials were enhanced with the 6 hour anchoring of the 2013 London Marathon in wake of the Boston bombings. 2014 saw Jonathan anchor some of the main sporting events of the year, being a valued part of both Channel 4’s coverage of the Winter Paralympics, the BBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics, the Commonwealth Games and hosting the inaugural Invictus Games.
Outside of the media, Jonathan was a key member of the London 2012 bid team, a member of the board of LOCOG as their athlete representative, the highest-profile ex athlete in a senior position outside of the Chairman. He is Chair of the Sports Advisory Group, having played an important part in the success of the London 2012 bid as an Official Ambassador, and a member of the Athletes Advisory Group. He was also appointed as the Deputy Chair of the London 2012 Nations and Region Group, helping to ensure that the benefits of the Games were maximised across the UK. His status within World Athletics saw him invited by the IOC to Buenos Aries to officially present the announcement of the 2012 Olympic Games, where Tokyo was named the winning city.
Jonathan made the record books in 1995 when he broke the World Record at the World Championships in Gothenburg with an amazing jump of 18.29m in the second round; to date no one has even come close to this distance.
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Two of the all time great alpine skiers.... and the gentleman a bit of a hero of mine growing up https://t.co/QCra8OD7i0