Chasing Perfection, authored by one of the world’s most successful athletes, Michael Johnson looks at how sports science has changed immeasurably in the last 20 years. The two-part series seeks to explore how that change in sports science has impacted on the world of professional sport, and what role it plays in creating exceptional athletes, does it define the difference between great and world beating athletes and is it the answer to achieving perfection in sport?
Over the two episodes Michael will meet some of the best athletes and talk to leading high performance experts and sports scientists to look at some of the unique factors that takes this vast population of the globe and from it forms a tiny band of athletes who have what it takes to perform at the highest level.
As series co-producer, we've collated a range of materials designed to take your learning of the fascinating world of sport further. You can:
- View exclusive videos of the sports champions outlining their methods in chasing perfection.
- Read up on inequalities in sport and how it affects potential athletes.
- Find out what Olympic sport suits you in our 'Olympisize me' game.
- Try a FREE course in sport and fitness.
- Take your learning further with The Open University.
Watch the trailer
Get on your marks with the trailer for new OU/Channel 4 series Chasing Perfection. Watch now: Chasing Perfection - Trailer
The first episode of Chasing Perfection will air on Sunday 15th November 2015 at 7.05AM on Channel 4. Full broadcast details and watch again links can be found on channel4.com
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