Denise Lewis speaks to Dame Mary Peters about her Olympic gold

Last Updated: 16/04/13 10:29am

Sporting Heroes: 10pm, Wed, Sky Sports 1 HD

Dame Mary Peters is interviewed by Denise Lewis on this week's Sporting Heroes.

The 1972 Olympic pentathlon champion saw off home favourite Heide Rosendahl in Munich to take gold and she'll tell Lewis - who won the heptathlon title at the Sydney Games in 2000 - about her success.

Peters' path to Olympic glory was far from straight forward, though. The Northern Ireland-based athlete not only had to combine training with her job as a teacher but also had to deal with the disruptions of the IRA bombing campaign in Belfast.

After her Olympic victory she received death threats but resolutely refused to leave Northern Ireland. She'll tell Lewis about what life was like for her as a public figure in the country at that time.

She'll also reflect on her upbringing; Peters moved from Lancashire to Northern Ireland aged 11 and was encouraged to take up athletics by her father.

Lewis will ask her about her enthusiasm for sport - and how she developed into a world class athlete, who also claimed Commonwealth titles in the pentathlon and shot put.

Sporting Heroes: 10pm, Wed, Sky Sports 1 HD