Piggy French is to star in a BBC programme about the Olympics this weekend.

The event rider will be featured in British Olympic Dreams, which will be aired on Saturday (14 May) at 1pm on BBC1.

The programme focuses British athletes in the run up to the London 2012 Olympics.

The BBC’s Ollie Williams spent several weeks finding out about the life of a top event rider in the run up to Badminton, spending time with Leicestershire-based Piggy and finding out what goes on behind the scenes.

“It was a privilege following Piggy and we were so lucky she did so well at Badminton — nearly winning was incredible,” said Ollie.

“We were all so nervous as Mark Todd went in the showjumping. She did brilliantly. Following the preparation was fascinating — from the yard, preparing for Badminton, to the lorry journey there and the actual event itself — all the raw emotion and excitement.”

There will also insight into the lives of a road cyclist and a beach volleyball player.