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Sir Christopher Andrew "Chris" Hoy, MBE (born 23 March 1976) is a British former track cyclist who represented Great Britain at the Olympics and World Championships and Scotland at the Commonwealth Games.
Hoy is an eleven-time world champion, six-time Olympic champion and a winner of a total of seven Olympic Games medals, six gold and one silver. Hoy is the most successful Olympic cyclist of all time.
With his three gold medals in 2008 Summer Olympics, Hoy became Scotland's most successful Olympian, the first Briton to win three gold medals in a single Olympic Games since Henry Taylor in 1908 and the most successful Olympic cyclist.
He won a further two gold medals (in the keirin and team sprint) at the 2012 Summer Olympics, making him the most successful British Olympian of all time in terms of gold medals and the joint most decorated athlete with fellow cyclist Bradley Wiggins with seven medals in total.
Hoy was appointed an MBE "for services to cycling" in the 2005 New Year Honours and received a Knighthood in the 2009 New Year Honours "for services to Sport". He was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2008.
Sir Steven Geoffrey Redgrave, CBE, DL (born on 23 March 1962) is a retired British rower who won gold medals at five consecutive Olympic Games from 1984 to 2000 as well as a bronze medal at the 1988 Summer Games, totalling six Olympic Medals.
He has also won three Commonwealth Games gold medals and nine World Rowing Championships golds. With five gold medals and one bronze, Redgrave is the most successful male rower in Olympic history and his achievement of being the only Olympian to have won gold medals at five different Olympic Games in an endurance sport has led to him being hailed as Britain's greatest-ever Olympian.
He was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1987 and promoted to Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1997.
In the 2001 New Year Honours, it was announced that he would be given a Knighthood "for services to Rowing". He was subsequently knighted by Queen Elizabeth II on 1 May 2001 in Buckingham Palace.
In 2002, his achievement of winning gold medals at five consecutive Olympic games was voted the greatest sporting moment in Channel 4's 100 Greatest Sporting Moments.
He has carried the British flag at the opening of the Olympic Games on two occasions.
In 2011 Redgrave received the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mohamed "Mo" Farah CBE (born March 23, 1983) is an English international track and field athlete in the long distance and middle-distance.
He is the current 10,000 metres Olympic and World champion and 5,000 metres Olympic, World and European champion.
On the track, he generally competes over 5,000m and 10,000m but also runs the 3,000 metres and occasionally the 1,500 metres, over which distance Farah is the British and European record holder. He will make his marathon debut in 2014 in London.
Farah holds the European track record for 10,000m, 1,500m and Two Miles, the British indoor record in the 3,000m, the British track record for 5,000m, the British half-marathon record, and the European indoor record for 5,000m.
In July 2010, he won Britain's first-ever men's European Championships gold medal at 10,000m. Farah followed this with a gold in the 5,000m, becoming the 5th male athlete to complete the long-distance double at the championships and the first British man to do so.
In 2011, he was voted European Athlete of the Year and won the prize again in 2012.
Farah was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to athletics.
In 2013 he won the British Athletics Writers Association's British Athlete of the Year Award for the fifth time, more than any other athlete in history.
His five global titles are two more than any other British athlete. He's also the first British athlete to win two gold medals at the same world athletics championships.
Sir Bradley Marc Wiggins, CBE (born 28 April 1980), nicknamed "Wiggo", is an English professional road and track racing cyclist who rides for the UCI ProTeam Team Sky.
He has won six gold medals at the track world championships, his first in 2003 and his most recent in 2008; three in the individual pursuit, two in the team pursuit and one in the Madison.
He won a gold in the individual pursuit at the 2004 Olympic Games and two golds in the individual and team pursuit at the 2008 Olympic Games.
After the 2008 Olympics, Wiggins took a break from the track to focus on the road. Initially viewed as a time trial specialist and as a rouleur, he showed his ability in stage races when he came fourth in the 2009 Tour de France; he was later promoted to third after Lance Armstrong's results were annulled in 2012.
He was a member of the British cycling team that won the Team of the Year Award at the 2008 BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards and he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.
In 2011 he claimed his first victory in a major stage race in the Critérium du Dauphiné and he also finished third in the Vuelta a España.
In 2012, Wiggins won the Paris–Nice, the Tour de Romandie, the Critérium du Dauphiné and became the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France and the time trial at the Olympic Games in London.
At the 2012 Olympics, Wiggins rang the Olympic Bell to mark the start of the opening ceremony inside the Olympic Stadium.
Following his success in 2012, Wiggins was the subject of several honours and awards; the Vélo d'Or award for best rider of the year, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award and awarded a knighthood as part of the 2013 New Year Honours.
Andrew Barron "Andy" Murray, OBE (born 15 May 1987) is a Scottish professional tennis player, ranked World No. 6 and British No. 1.
He achieved a top-10 ranking by the ATP for the first time on 16 April 2007 and reached a career peak of World No. 2 in August 2009, then again in April/May 2013.
He is the current holder of the Wimbledon Championships singles title and is the 2012 Olympic tennis men's singles champion. In 2013, Murray became the 6th man in tennis history to have won over $30,000,000 in career prize money.
At the 2012 US Open, Murray became the first British player since 1977, and the first British man since 1936, to win a Grand Slam singles tournament, when he defeated Novak Djokovic in five sets. This title makes him the only British male to become a Grand Slam singles champion during the Open Era.
On 7 July 2013, Murray won the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, becoming the first British man to do so since Fred Perry, 77 years previously. He again beat Djokovic in the final, this time in straight sets.
As a result of his Wimbledon win, Murray was voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in December 2013.
Four weeks after losing his first Wimbledon final to Roger Federer, Murray faced the Swiss again at the 2012 Olympic Games, defeating him in straight sets to win the gold medal in the men's singles final, becoming the first British singles champion in over 100 years. He also won a silver medal in 2012 mixed doubles, playing with Laura Robson.
Murray is the only man in history to have won Olympic Gold and the US Open in the same calendar year, as well as only the third man to hold the Gold Medal and two majors on different surfaces (after Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal).
He has been the runner-up in five other singles Grand Slam finals: the 2008 US Open, the 2010, 2011 and 2013 Australian Open, and the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, losing three to Roger Federer and two to Novak Djokovic.
He is the second man in the open era to achieve three runner-up finishes at the Australian Open, after Stefan Edberg lost his third final in 1993. In 2011, Murray became only the seventh player in the Open Era to reach the semi-finals of all four Grand Slam tournaments in one year.
Murray was awarded an OBE in the 2013 New Year honours, for his achievements in 2012, winning Olympic gold and the US Open.
Sir Matthew Clive Pinsent, CBE (born 10 October 1970) is an English rower and broadcaster.
During his rowing career, he won 10 world championship gold medals and four consecutive Olympic gold medals, of which three were with Sir Steve Redgrave.
Pinsent began rowing at Eton College. He began his international career at the Junior World Rowing Championships in 1987. He raced again in 1988, winning the junior coxless pairs with Tim Foster.
After finishing school, Pinsent studied Geography at St Catherine's College, Oxford. While a student, he competed in three Oxford v Camberidge Boat Races, winning in 1990 and 1991 but unsuccessful in 1993 (when he was Boat Club President), having taken a year out in 1992 in order to concentrate on preparing for the Barcelona Olympics.
In 1990, while still at Oxford, he joined Steve Redgrave in the coxless pair at the World Rowing Championships – winning bronze. This was the beginning of a long partnership, and the pair won at the World Championships in 1991 and at the Olympic Games in 1992 and 1996.
In 2000 he won Olympic gold again as part of a coxless four with Redgrave, James Cracknell and Tim Foster. In August 2000, the month prior to winning gold in Sydney, he took part in a 3-part BBC documentary entitled Gold Fever. This followed the coxless four team in the years leading up to the Olympics, including video diaries recording the highs and lows in the quest for what would be Pinsent's third consecutive gold.
Pinsent and Cracknell then formed a men's coxless pair and won the coxless and coxed pairs (with Neil Chugani coxing) in the 2001 World Championships, and the coxless pair in 2002. However, after a disappointing 2003 season that saw Pinsent's first World Championships defeat since 1990, he and Cracknell moved to the men's coxless four for 2004.
At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Pinsent's fourth Olympic Games, Pinsent stroked the boat, with Cracknell, Ed Coode and Steve Williams. In a close race with world champions Canada, they again won gold.
Pinsent was elected to the International Olympic Committee's Athletics Commission in 2001, replacing Jan Železný.
Since retiring, he has worked as a sports broadcaster with the BBC.
Francis Morgan Ayodélé "Daley" Thompson CBE (born 30 July 1958), is an English former decathlete. He won the decathlon gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984 and broke the world record for the event four times.
With four world records, two Olympic gold medals, three Commonwealth titles and wins in the World and European Championships, Thompson is considered by many to be one of the greatest decathletes of all time.
Thompson originally trained as a sprinter but his new coach Bob Mortimer suggested he try for decathlon. In 1976 he won the AAA title. The following year, he won the European Junior title and in 1978 came the first of his three Commonwealth titles. In 1979, won the long jump at the UK Championships.
Thompson opened the 1980 Olympic season with a world decathlon record of 8,648 points at Götzis, Austria, in May, and followed this with a comfortable win at the Moscow Olympics.
After a quiet 1981 season, he was in devastating form in 1982; back at Götzis in May, he raised the world record to 8,730 points and then in September, at the European Championships in Athens, he took the record up to 8,774 points. The following month in Brisbane, Thompson took his second Commonwealth title.
In 1983, Daley won the inaugural World Championships and became the first decathlete to hold the European, World and Olympic titles simultaneously.
He spent much of the summer of 1984 in California preparing for the defence of his Olympic title, with Jürgen Hingsen, the West German who had succeeded Thompson as the world record holder, expected to be a major threat. Thompson took the lead in the first event and was never headed throughout the competition, although it seemed that, by easing off in the 1,500 metres he had missed tying the world record by just one point. When the photo-finish pictures were examined, however, it was found that Thompson should have been credited with one more point in the 110 metres hurdles so he had in fact, equalled Hingsen’s record. Then when the new scoring tables were introduced, Thompson became the sole record holder once more with a recalculated score of 8,847 points – a world record that stood until 1992.
His two victories in the decathlon are a feat shared only with the American Bob Mathias. Thompson's 1984 performance is still the UK record.
Thompson was a natural showman who endeared himself to the British public with his irreverent personality and anti-establishment attitude. He won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in 1982. He was awarded the MBE in 1982, the OBE in 1986 and the CBE in 2000.
Sir Charles Benedict "Ben" Ainslie, CBE (born 5 February 1977) is an English competitive sailor.
The most successful sailor in Olympic history, Ainslie won medals at five consecutive Olympics from 1996-2012, including gold at the last four.
He was the first person to win medals in five different Olympic Games in sailing, the third person to win five Olympic medals in that sport (after Torben Grael and Robert Scheidt) and also the second to win four gold medals, after Paul Elvstrøm.
Ainslie won silver at the 1996 Olympic Games and gold in the 2000 Summer Olympics in the Laser class. He gained some 18 kilograms (40lb; 2st 12lb) and moved to the larger Finn class for the 2004 Summer Olympics, where he won gold, a feat he repeated in the 2008 and 2012 competitions.
In December 2010, Ainslie finished in first place in the World Match Racing Tour and is the 2010 ISAF Match Racing Champion.
September 11, 2013, Ainslie was put in as tactician by Oracle Team USA to replace John Kostecki as they trailed 6-1 to Team New Zealand in the 2013 America's Cup. In one of the sport's great comebacks, Ainslie's Oracle Team USA beat Team New Zealand by 9-8 in the America's Cup decider in San Francisco on 25 September.
He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2001 New Year Honours after his success in Sydney and Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2005 New Year Honours following the Athens Games. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours following the Beijing Games and was created a Knight Bachelor in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to sailing.
Ben Ainslie won the International Sailing Federation top Award more times than anyone else being named ISAF World Sailor of the Year in 1998, 2002, 2008 and 2012. He was also nominated 2004 and 2011.
He was awarded the title of British Yachtsman of the Year in 1995, 1999, 2000 and 2002.
On 19 May 2012 he became the first person to carry the Olympic torch in the UK. Starting the 70-day tour of the United Kingdom at Land's End, he was the first of 8,000 torch carriers. His gold medal at the 2012 Olympics was presented by two Royal former Olympians, Princess Anne and King Constantine of Greece. He was selected on 11 August 2012 to carry the flag for the Great Britain team at the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony.
David Andrew Wilkie MBE (born 8 March 1954) is a Scottish former swimmer, who was Olympic and Commonwealth Games champion in the 1970s.
Wilkie broke the British record for the 200 metres breastroke in an international match against Denmark in July 1970. He then won a bronze medal in front of his home crowd in the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in the 200 metre breaststroke breaking his own British record again. He wore a swim cap for that event during the commonwealth games, making him the first elite swimmer to wear one in a major competition.
At the Scottish national long course championships in 1972, Wilkie won five events. However Wilkie's world breakthrough came when he won silver in the 200m breaststroke at the Munich Olympics in 1972 in a European record time in spite of being ranked only 25th in the World. He also broke the Scottish record times for the 100 metres breaststroke and the 200 metres individual medley.
In 1973 Wilkie won the World Championship for 200 metres breaststroke in Belgrade, Yugoslavia and broke the world record.
In the 1974 Commonwealth Games, in Christchurch, New Zealand, he won a gold in the 200 metre breaststroke, a further gold in the 200 m individual medley and a silver in the 100 metre breaststroke.
Also in 1974 at the European Championships in Vienna, Austria, he won a gold in the 200 metres individual medley in a world record time. He also won gold for the 200 metres breaststroke and silver as part of the British 4x100 medley relay team.
From 1972 to 1976 he was unbeaten in 200 metres breaststroke races.
He won gold in the 200 metre breaststroke at the Montreal Olympics in 1976 in a world-record time and preventing an American Sweep of the Men's swimming gold medals. He also added a 100 metre silver medal to his collection.
While studying with a swimming scholarship at the University of Miami, Wilkie won three AAU National US Championships and three NCAA US College Championships, was four times All-American and was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.
He is the only person to have held British, American, Commonwealth, European, World and Olympic swimming titles at the same time and was the first British swimmer to win an Olympic gold medal in 68 years.
He was European Swimmer if the Year three times, British Sports Personality of the Year in 1975, he was appointed MBE in 1977, he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1982 and was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.
David Russell Weir, CBE (born 5 June 1979) is a British Paralympic wheelchair athlete.
He has won a total of six gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games, and has won the London Marathon on six occasions.
He was born with a spinal cord transection that left him unable to use his legs. As a child he was a talented wheelchair athlete, representing Sutton in wheelchair athletics at the London Youth Games and won the junior event at the London Marathon (the mini wheelchair race) seven times.
Weir won four medals – two golds, a silver and a bronze – at the 2008 Summer Paralympic Games in Beijing. Weir won gold in the 800m and 1500m, silver in the 400m and bronze in the 5000m. Weir's two golds were the only gold medals won at the games by a British track athlete.
At the London 2012 Summer Paralympics, Weir won four gold medals: three at the Olympic Stadium and one in the marathon. The 5,000 metres victory came on 2 September 2012, the 1,500m on 4 September 2012, the 800m on 6 September 2012 and the Marathon on 9 September 2012.
In the 2012 Summer Paralympic games, Weir took part in seven races in ten days and completed 35.3 miles in his pursuit of four gold medals for team paralympic GB.
Weir carried the Great Britain flag at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Paralympics, sharing this honour with cyclist Sarah Storey.
In 2005 Weir was named the BBC London Disabled Athlete of the year. In December 2008 Weir was given the BBC London Disabled Athlete award.
Weir was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours, he received the honor for his services to disabled sport. Weir was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to athletics.
Linford Cicero Christie OBE (born 2 April 1960) is a British former sprinter.
He is the only British man to have won gold medals in the 100 metres at all four major competitions open to British athletes: the Olympic Games, the World Championships, the European Championships and the Commonwealth Games.
He was the first European to break the 10-second barrier in the 100m and still holds the British record in the event.
He is a former world indoor record holder over 200 metres and a former European record holder in the 60 metres, 100m and 4 x 100 metres relay.
He won 10 gold medals and a total of 24 medals over his career in major championships; the record for any British male athlete.
In 1992, Christie became the third British athlete to win the Olympic 100m, after Harold Abrahams and Allan Wells, winning the title ahead of Frankie Fredericks of Namibia at the Barcelona Olympic Games.
He remains the oldest male athlete to win the 100 metres at the Olympics at the age of 32.
He was appointed MBE in 1990 and OBE in 1998. In 2010, he was inducted into the England Athletics Hall of Fame and in 2009 he was inducted into the London Youth Games Hall of Fame.
In 1993, the West London Stadium, an athletics stadium in west London, England, was renamed the Linford Christie Stadium in his honour.
Since his retirement he has focused on coaching, helping Katharine Merry and Darren Campbell to Olympic medals, and his sports management company.
Gregory James Rutherford, MBE (born 17 November 1986) is an English athlete who specialises in the long jump and also competes as a sprinter.
He is the 2012 Olympic Champion, 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medallist and 2006 European Championship silver medallist in the long jump. With Chris Tomlinson, he is the joint British record holder for this event.
Rutherford became the youngest ever winner of the long jump event at the AAA Championships in 2005, aged 18. He also won the European Junior Championships that year, setting a British junior record of 8.14m.
In 2006, he won the AAA championships again that year with a jump of 8.26m. On 8 August 2006, he won the silver medal in the long jump at the European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg with a jump of 8.13m.
Rutherford won the AAA title on 12 July 2008, reaching the Olympic qualifying distance of 8.20m. Two weeks later, he won the London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace with a distance of 8.16m.
At the 2010 Commonwealth Games, he won the silver medal with a jump of 8.22m.
At the 2012 Olympics in London, Rutherford reached the final with a jump of 8.08m, qualifying in fourth place. In the final, he took the lead in the second round with a jump of 8.21m, improving to 8.31m in the fourth round which proved to be the winning jump. Rutherford became the second British man to win Olympic gold in the long jump and the first to do so since Lynn Davies in 1964.
Rutherford's gold was one of three won by British track and field athletes on the evening of 4 August 2012, known in the UK as 'Super Saturday', (the others were won by Jessica Ennis in the heptathlon and Mo Farah in the men's 10,000m). This was the first time that three gold medals had been won by British athletes in the same Olympic athletics session.
Rutherford was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to athletics.
Luke Campbell, MBE (born 27 September 1987) is an English professional boxer. As an amateur he won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in the bantamweight division.
Campbell won the English senior ABA Bantamweight title in 2007 and retained the honour in 2008 after beating Gareth Smith 23–1 in the final.
He represented England at the 2008 European Amateur Boxing Championships in Liverpool, England. At the championships, Campbell defeated Olympic bronze medalist Veaceslav Gojan in the quarter-finals and German Denis Makarov in the semi-finals before beating experienced Bulgarian Detelin Dalakliev in the final, making Campbell the first Englishman to win a European amateur title since 1961.
Following a year long sabbatical to recover from tendon surgery, Campbell defeated China's Jun Tan by a 11–5 points margin in their Featherweight (57 kg) fight at the WBC Night Of Champions in July 2010. He also secured Gold at the Four Nations Challenge in Sheffield a week later, beating Jun Tan from China by a 11–3 points margin.
Campbell qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games after winning a silver medal at the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships – Bantamweight in Baku, Azerbaijan.
At the 2012 London Olympics, Campbell won gold in the 56kg Bantamweight division after beating Ireland's John Joe Nevin 14:11, thus becoming the first bantamweight boxer to win Olympic gold for Great Britain since Henry Thomas in 1908.
In April 2013 he agreed to turn professional.
Campbell's first professional fight took place on 13 July 2013 at Craven Park in his home city of Hull. His opponent was Andy Harris who he beat in the first round. Campbell continued his undefeated start to his career with a 5th round stoppage of Lee Connelly in Hull on 2 November 2013. In his fifth professional bout Campbell carried on his undefeated record and became the first person to stop Scott Moises.
Campbell was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to boxing.
Jonathan David Edwards, CBE (born 10 May 1966) is a former British triple jumper. He is a former Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European champion and has held the world record in the event since 1995.
At his first major competetive event, Edwards won the bronze medal at the 1993 World Championships.
In his breakthrough year of 1995, Edwards produced a jump of 18.43 m (60 feet 5 1⁄2 inches) at the European Cup. The leap was wind assisted and did not count for record purposes, but it was a sign of things to come as he capped an unbeaten year with a historic gold medal performance at the World Championships, in which he broke the world record twice in the same meeting. On his first jump, he became the first man to legally pass the 18-metre barrier with a jump of 18.16 m (59 feet 7 inches). That record lasted for about 20 minutes. His second jump of 18.29 m made him the first to jump 60 feet.
Later the same year Edwards became the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
During 1996 Edwards went into the Olympic Games as favourite and world record holder, but it was American Kenny Harrison who took the gold with a jump of 18.09 m. Edwards walked away with the silver after a leap of 17.88 m (the longest ever jump not to win gold).
Edwards won the gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games and was appointed a CBE shortly afterwards. He also won golds at the 2001 World Championships and 2002 Commonwealth Games.
At one point in 2002, Edwards held all the gold medals for the "four majors" (Olympic Games, World Championships, Commonwealth Games and European Championships).
He retired after the 2003 World Championships as Great Britain's most successful medal winning athlete.
Following his retirement as an athlete, Edwards has worked as a sports (primarily athletics) commentator and presenter for BBC television.
In 2011 he was elected President of Wenlock Olympian Society. He was a member of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games for the 2012 games.
Sebastian Newbold Coe, Baron Coe, CH, KBE (born 29 September 1956), often referred to as Seb Coe or Lord Coe, is a British politician and former track and field athlete.
As a middle-distance runner, Coe won four Olympic medals, including the 1500 metres gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984.
He set eight outdoor and three indoor world records in middle-distance track events – including, in 1979, setting three world records in the space of 41 days – and the world record he set in the 800 metres in 1981 remained unbroken until 1997.
Coe's rivalries with fellow Britons Steve Ovett and Steve Cram dominated middle-distance racing for much of the 1980s.
Following Coe's retirement from athletics, he was a Member of Parliament for the Conservative Party from 1992 to 1997 and became a Life Peer on 16 May 2000.
He headed the successful London bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympics and became chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games.
In 2007, he was also elected a vice-president of the International Association of Athletics Federations. On 25 August 2011, he was re-elected for another four-year term.
In November 2012 he was appointed chairman of the British Olympic Association.
Coe has been appointed a member of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Coordination Commission representing the Association of National Olympic Committees.
In 2012 he was of one of 24 athletes inducted as inaugural members of the International Association of Athletics Federations Hall of Fame.
He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1982 and Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1990.
On 16 May 2000, he was created a Life Peer as Baron Coe of Ranmore in the County of Surrey.He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in the 2006 New Year Honours for services to sport.
After his work in delivering London 2012 Coe was presented with an Olympic Order. In the 2013 New Year Honours, Coe was appointed to the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH) for services to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Coe has also received three separate awards at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony: the main individual award in 1979, a "Special Gold Award" in 2005 and the "Lifetime Achievement Award" in 2012.
Jason Francis Kenny, OBE (born 23 March 1988) is an English track cyclist, specialising in the individual and team sprints.
After winning multiple World and European Junior titles in 2006 and achieving medals in the under 23 European championships in 2007, Kenny was selected ahead of Ross Edgar to compete for Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Along with Chris Hoy and Jamie Staff, he won a gold medal in the team sprint, breaking the world record in the qualifying round. He finished behind team-mate Chris Hoy in the final of the individual sprint, gaining a silver medal.
In January 2012, he gained his first world championship title, after Grégory Baugé's results were nullified after a backdated 12-month ban for missing a drugs test, and the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) promoted Kenny to the gold medal.
At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Kenny won gold in the team sprint with Chris Hoy and Philip Hindes, setting a new world record in the London Velopark. He also won gold in the men's sprint final, avenging his previous losses to Bauge with a 200m time of 10.308s in his final lap.
Kenny was awarded an OBE in the 2013 New Year’s honours list.
John Anthony Curry, OBE (9 September 1949 – 15 April 1994) was a British figure skater. He was the 1976 Olympic and World Champion.
He was famous for combining ballet and modern dance influences into his skating.
Arnold Gerschwiler who coached Curry to his first British title in 1971.
In 1972, Curry found an American sponsor who enabled him to study in the United States with Gus Lussi and Carlo Fassi. Fassi coached Curry to European, World, and Olympic titles in 1976.
Curry was the flag bearer at the 1976 Winter Olympics for Great Britain. He was also awarded an OBE and voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1976.
Following the 1976 World Championships, Curry turned professional and founded a touring skating company along the same lines as a traditional dance company. Besides choreographing routines for the company himself, Curry commissioned works from such noted dance choreographers as Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Peter Martins and Twyla Tharp.
Curry's Broadway theatre credits include 'Icedancing' (1978) as a performer and director, the 1980 revival of 'Brigadoon' as an actor and the Roundabout Theatre 1989 revival of 'Privates on Parade' as an actor.
He died of an AIDS-related heart attack on 15 April 1994 aged 44 years old.
Jonathan Peacock, MBE (born 28 May 1993) is an English amputee and sprint runner.
He won gold at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, representing Great Britain in the T44 men's 100 metres event.
Peacock ran his first international race at the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester in May 2012. In June 2012 Peacock set a new 100 metres world record in amputee sprinting at the United States Paralympic track and field trials, recording a time of 10.85 seconds to beat the previous record held by Marlon Shirley by 0.06 seconds.
At the 2012 Summer Paralympics, Peacock won the 100m T44 final with a time of 10.90 seconds, claiming the gold and the Paralympic record in the process. The win made his coach, Dan Pfaff, the only man to have coached 100m gold medalists in both the Olympics and the Paralympics; Pfaff coached Canada's Donovan Bailey, the gold medalist in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
Peacock was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to athletics.
Alistair Edward Brownlee, MBE (born 23 April 1988) is a British triathlete and the current Olympic champion in his sport, having won the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
He is also a back-to-back European Triathlon Union champion and a two-time Triathlon World Champion, winning in 2009 and again in 2011. His brother, Jonathan Brownlee, is also a triathlon champion, placing third in the 2012 Olympics and winning the last World Sprint Triathlon Championship.
Brownlee won the 2009 ITU Triathlon World Championship – winning all five of the season's ITU World Championship Series events in which he competed. He was victorious in Madrid, Washington D.C, Kitzbühel and London before winning the 2009 season Grand Final held on Australia's Gold Coast on 12 September and thereby became the first person ever to win the ITU world Triathlon titles for Junior Men (2006), Under 23 Men (2008) and Senior Men (2009).
In the space of just twenty-one days during June 2011, Alistair Brownlee convincingly won the next two ITU series events (in Madrid and Kitzbühel) and, following a puncture whilst in the lead and having to make up more than 30 seconds on the new leaders, successfully defended his European title at the 2011 Pontevedra ETU Triathlon European Championships and shared the podium with his brother Jonathan, who took the silver medal.
Brownlee won the 2011 ITU world title after winning the Grand Final in Beijing and the gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics on 7 August while his brother finished in 3rd, taking the bronze medal.
Alistair was appoininted Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to triathlon.
Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua MBE (born 15 October 1989) is a British professional boxer from Watford, England competing in the heavyweight division. He is the reigning Olympic Heavyweight Boxing Champion.
Joshua won the 2009 and 2010 Haringey Box Cup. Joshua won the senior ABA Championships in 2010, in only his 18th bout, and later turned down £50,000 to turn professional.
In 2010 his domestic success earned him a place on the GB Boxing team and later the same year he became British amateur champion at the GB Amateur Boxing Championships after defeating Amin Isa. In October 2011 he was named Amateur Boxer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Club of Great Britain.
During the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, Joshua marked his sudden arrival on the world scene when he beat Italian reigning World & Olympic champion Roberto Cammarelle, and went on to stop Erik Pfeifer of Germany in the semis before losing by a single point to local boxer, Magomedrasul Majidov. En route to the final, Joshua secured his place at the 2012 Olympic Games in the 91 kg+ division as a relative new-comer to the elite level of the sport.
Joshua went into the 2012 London Olympics as a novice on the international scene, despite being a world silver medalist. He met 32-year-old reigning Olympic Champion and former twice World Champion, Roberto Cammarelle of Italy in the closing bout. After conceding the first round to Cammarelle, a man he had already beaten the previous year, Joshua grew into the fight and fought back to level the scores after the third round, Joshua was announced winner via count-back and the new Olympic champion.
He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to boxing.
Robin Cousins MBE (born 17 August 1957) is a British former competitive figure skater.
He is the 1980 Olympic champion, the 1980 European champion, a three-time (1978, 1979 & 1980) World medalist and four-time (1977, 1978, 1979 & 1980) British national champion.
Cousins won his first national title in 1969 at the age of twelve on the novice level. By age fourteen, he was Britain's junior champion, and he made his international debut that same year.
Cousins represented the United Kingdom as an amateur skater for eight years, winning the national senior Championships for four consecutive years.
Cousins won the free skating portion of the World Championships three times, 1978 through 1980. He won silver medals at the World Championships in 1979 and 1980.
He reached the pinnacle of his amateur ice skating career by winning the European Championships gold medal and also winning the Winter Olympic Games gold medal in Lake Placid, New York in 1980.
Cousins was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1980 and he was awarded the MBE in the same year.
Cousins followed this with a successful career as a professional ice skater. He starred in such skating shows as 'Holiday on Ice' and 'Ice Capades', and he was a regular in the World Professional Championships.
He hit both the longest axel jump and longest back flip on figure skates in Guinness World Records, reaching 5.81 m (19 ft 1 in) and 5.48 m (18 ft) on November 16, 1983.
Cousins later starred in ice shows and also produced his own. He has also appeared in theatre productions, including in the West End, and has commentated on figure skating events for the BBC.
Since 2006 he has been on the panel of judges on ITV's Dancing on Ice and takes the position of head judge.
David Lee Pearson, CBE (born 4 February 1974) is a 10-times paralympic games gold medallist having represented British para-equestrianism in Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London.
He also has six world-championship and three European titles.
Pearson was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita and first came to public attention in 1980 when then-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher carried him up stairs in 10 Downing Street having awarded him a 'Children of Courage' medal.
He turned professional after he was inspired by the Atlanta Olympics. He won three gold medals in the championship dressage, freestyle dressage, and team dressage events at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Summer Paralympics. He won gold in the team dressage event at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, silver in the championship dressage and bronze in the freestyle.
He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2001 New Year Honours "for services to Disabled Sports". He was promoted to Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2005 "for services to Equestrianism and to Disabled Sport" and to Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours "for services to Equestrianism and to Disabled Sport".
James Cracknell, OBE (born 5 May 1972) is a British rowing champion and double Olympic gold medalist, adventurer and Conservative Party politician.
Cracknell began rowing whilst attending Kingston Grammar School and rowed at the Junior World Championships in 1989 and 1990, winning a gold medal in 1990.
Moving into the senior squad, Cracknell made numerous appearances in the World Rowing Championships. In 1997, he won a seat in the men's coxless fours with Steve Redgrave, Matthew Pinsent and Tim Foster. With this crew, he won the rowing World Championships in 1997, 1998 and 1999 (with Ed Coode replacing the injured Foster) and finally the gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics.
With Redgrave then having retired, Cracknell swapped from rowing on strokeside to bowside in order to join Pinsent in the coxless pairs. The pair won the World Championships in 2001, when they also won the coxed pairs, and 2002.
Pinsent and Cracknell then moved into the coxless four, with Steve Williams and Alex Partridge. Ed Coode replaced the injured Partridge in time for the 2004 Summer Olympics and this crew won the gold medal in Athens.
In 2001 Cracknell was awarded an OBE and in the 2004 New Year Honours List he was appointed OBE for services to sport.
Richard Whitehead MBE (born 19 July 1976) is a British athlete. He runs with prosthetic legs, as he has a double through-knee congenital amputation.
He holds the world record for athletes with a double amputation, in both the full and half marathon. At the 2010 Chicago Marathon, he broke his previous world record for athletes with lower-limb amputations, with a time of 2:42:52.
Whitehead was unable to compete in the marathon at London 2012 as there was no category for leg amputees, and was refused permission by the IPC to compete against upper-body amputees and so had to turn to sprinting to compete at the 2012 Paralympics, where he won the gold medal in the 200m T42 Athletics event with a world record time of 24.38 seconds.
He is a former ice sledge hockey player and competed for the GB team at the 2006 Winter Paralympics in Turin.
Whitehead was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to athletics.
He took part in 2013 London Marathon.
In 2013, he launched his fundraising campaign "Richard Whitehead Runs Britain" to run from John O'Groats to Land's End.
Christopher Miles "Chris" Boardman, MBE, (born 26 August 1968) is a British former racing cyclist who won an individual pursuit gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics and broke the world hour record three times, as well as winning three stages and wearing the yellow jersey on three separate occasions at the Tour de France.
In 1992, he was awarded an MBE for services to cycling.
Christopher Colin Dean, OBE (born 27 July 1958) is a British ice dancer who won a gold medal at the 1984 Winter Olympics with his skating partner Jayne Torvill. They also won a bronze medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics.
In 1980 Torvill and Dean became British National Dance Champions. Dean served as the chief choreographer for the Torvill and Dean team.
Torvill and Dean's free program at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, performed to the music of Maurice Ravel's Boléro, became world famous. They received nine 6.0 marks for artistic impression, (three more for technical merit for a total of twelve 6.0 marks) the highest possible score and the only time ever that an all-perfect score was achieved.
It was one of the most popular achievements in the history of British sport, watched by a British television audience of 24 million people.
Since the time limit was four minutes and ten seconds and their music was four minutes 28 seconds, they moved their bodies to the music for 18 seconds before starting to skate.
Torvill and Dean turned professional after their 1984 Olympic win. Under then existing Olympic Games rules as professionals they became ineligible to participate in Olympic competition.
In 1993 the International Skating Union relaxed the rules for professional skaters, allowing the pair to participate in the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer where they won a bronze medal.
Torvill and Dean were admitted to the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1989.
In January 2006, Torvill and Dean began starring in the ITV show 'Dancing on Ice'. Each year, the show runs from January to March and then goes on tour to arenas across the United Kingdom.
Torvill and Dean were ambassadors for the 2012 European Figure Skating Championships in Sheffield, England.
In February 2014, they visited Sarajevo for the 30th anniversary of the 1984 Olympics and recreated their Bolero routine in the same arena where they won the gold.
Dean was appointed an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 1999.
Stephen Michael James "Steve" Ovett OBE (born 9 October 1955), is a former middle distance runner from England.
He was gold medalist in the 800 metres at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow and set world records for 1,500 metres and the mile run. To this day, he holds the UK record for the two miles, which he set in 1978.
His first major athletics title came in 1973, when he won the European junior 800m, followed the next year in Rome with a silver in the senior event.
He won AAA titles in the 800m from 1974 to 1976, in the 1500m in 1979 and in the mile in 1980.
At age 18, he won the silver medal at 800 metres in the 1974 European Athletics Championships, setting a new European Junior 800m record of 1:45.77 in the process.
He gained prominence in 1977 when, at the inaugural IAAF World Cup in Athletics, he commenced a "kick" with 200m to go, running the final turn in 11.8 s and the last 200m in 25.1 s. He left Olympic 1500-metres-champion John Walker, and the rest of the field behind. Ovett's time of 3:34.45 was a British Record.
Ovett won the gold medal in the 1500m at the European Championships in 1978.
Ovett arrived at the 1980 Moscow Olympics as favourite to take the 1,500m title, unbeaten over the 1,500m and mile for three years. Earlier that month, he had established a new mile world record of 3:48.8 and two weeks later equalled Sebastian Coe's world record of 3:32.1 in the 1,500m.
The Moscow Olympics marked only the second time that Ovett and Coe had met each other in international competition (the first being the 800m in the 1978 European Championships) and there was huge media speculation over which would emerge as the greater.
Ovett's participation in the 800m would serve as a test for the 1,500m. In the 800m final, Ovett was only in sixth place at the halfway mark but pushed his way through the crowd to second place. Seventy metres from the finish, he shot into the lead and held off Coe to win by three metres.
In the 1,500m, contested six days later, Coe won and Ovett had to settle for third place. More specifically, Ovett ran behind Coe's shoulder for quite a long time but on the final bend he fell two metres behind Coe and failed to close the gap in the home straight.
During 1981, both Ovett and Coe were at their peak. They didn't meet in a race that year but exchanged world records in the mile three times during a 10-day period.
His final notable victory was in August 1986 when he won the 5,000m in the Commonwealth Games at Edinburgh.
Ovett was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1978. He was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in 1982 and an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in 2000.
Andrew James "Bart" Simpson, MBE (17 December 1976 – 9 May 2013) was an English sailor.
He won a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, as crew for skipper Iain Percy in the Star class representing Great Britain.
Simpson started his competitive sailing career in the Laser class, before switching to the heavier Finn class. He claimed the bronze medal at the 2003 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cadiz in the Finn class; his training partner Ben Ainslie took the gold, with Great Britain topping the medal table.
Simpson then moved to the two-man Star class, partnering lifelong friend Percy; they won a bronze medal at the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics. The pair won the gold medal in Beijing in the Star class.
Simpson was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.
After winning the Olympic gold, Percy and Simpson took a break from Star sailing and were in the TeamORIGIN afterguard for the 2010 America's Cup. In 2010, he and Percy won the Star World Championships in Rio de Janeiro.
Simpson and Percy made the podium in every meeting of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in 2012, including gold at the Hyeres French World Cup regatta.
They competed at the 2012 Olympic Games, again in the Star class, failing to defend their title despite being in the lead throughout the competition, but winning the silver medal.
After the Star class was removed from the Olympic sailing disciplines, Simpson turned his attention to the America's Cup, moving to San Francisco to train in March 2013.
Simpson was killed in the capsize of the catamaran he was crewing on 9 May 2013, while training for the America's Cup in San Francisco Bay.
Iain Bryden Percy OBE (born 21 March 1976) is an English sailor and double Olympic champion for Great Britain.
Percy competed in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, where he won a gold medal in the Finn class. He memorably received his gold medal at a ceremony on the steps of the Sydney Opera House.
With partner Steve Mitchell, Percy won the 2002 Star World Championships in Los Angeles and medalled in the next 3 world championships, winning the Bronze medal in each of them.
He competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and finished 6th in the double-handed Star class with Steve Mitchell. The same team received a bronze medal at the 2005 World Championships and a gold medal at the 2005 European Championships.
After teaming up with Andrew Simpson, Percy won World Bronze in the Star Class in 2007 and European Championship Gold in 2009. The duo won Gold in the same class of boat at the 2010 World Championships which took place in Brazil.
At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing he again won a gold medal, this time in the Star class, with Andrew Simpson.
At the 2012 Olympics in London he and Andrew Simpson won the silver medal, after a tight race against Swedish duo Fredrik Lööf and Max Salminen.
Percy has been with Artemis Racing since then and is now Sailing Team Director for the Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup which will be held in San Francisco, California during the summer of 2013.
Percy was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2005 as a recognition of his Olympic gold medal. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.
Allan Wipper Wells MBE (born 3 May 1952) is a former Scottish and British multi-title winning athlete.
He became Olympic Champion in the 100 metres at the USA boycotted 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.
Within a fortnight he took on and beat America's best sprinters at an invitational meeting in Koblenz. In 1981, Wells was both the Golden Sprints and World Cup gold medallist.
He is also a three-time European Cup gold medallist among many other sprint successes.
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