06/08/2012 09:00, Report by Ben Ashby
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Red Olympians: Dai Greene

Our series of Inside United interviews with United fans competing at the London 2012 Olympics continues with Welsh hurdler Dai Greene, captain of the GB men's athletics team…

When did you become a United fan?
I must have been around seven or eight years old at the time, when United used to play in their old green and yellow away kit. I remember first watching them at the house of a friend whose dad had Sky Sports.

When did you make it to your first United game?
It was only recently, but it was a good one because it was United vs Liverpool when Dimitar Berbatov scored that hat-trick in the 3-2 win. It was an amazing experience for me because I’d never been to Old Trafford before. It’s always so inconvenient to make matches because of my busy training schedule in Bath. When you are live, watching in the stadium, you really do appreciate the technical side of the game and the speed of the players.
Who was your hero as kid?
Obviously my hero was fellow Welshman Ryan Giggs. When I was a kid I wanted to play on the left wing to be just like him. He was my definite hero growing up. Since Ryan has got older I still really respect him, because he has changed the way he plays the game to now dominate and dictate the play from the centre of midfield. He has also really looked after his body over the years, which I appreciate as an athlete. 
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Red Olympian factfile

Name: Dai Greene

Age: 26

Sport: 400m hurdles

Favourite United memory: The 1999 Champions League final versus Bayern Munich was pretty amazing, and the other big memory I have is of John Terry missing the penalty in the 2008 final. 


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