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Dame Kelly Holmes, DBE & MBE (born 19 April 1970) is a former British middle distance athlete.
Holmes joined the British Army at the age of 18, eventually qualifying as a Sergeant Class 1 PTI (Physical Training Instructor). She also became British Army judo champion.
In athletics Holmes specialised in the 800 metres and 1500 metres events and won gold medals for both distances at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.
She set British records in numerous events and still holds the records over the 600, 800, 1000 and 1500 metres distances.
Holmes won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2004. For her achievements she won numerous awards and was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2005.
Victoria Louise Pendleton, CBE (born 24 September 1980) is a British former track cyclist who specialised in the sprint, team sprint and keirin disciplines.
Pendleton represented Great Britain and England in international competition, winning nine world titles including a record six in the individual sprint competition, dominating the event between 2005 and 2012.
Pendleton is a former Olympic, European and Commonwealth champion. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Bejing, Pendleton won the gold medal in the sprint. In 2012 she won the gold medal in the keirin at the 2012 Summer Olympics, as well as silver in the sprint.
She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to cycling.
Rebecca "Becky" Adlington, OBE (born 17 February 1989) is a former English freestyle swimmer.
She won two gold medals at the 2008 Olympic Games in the 400m and 800m, breaking the 19-year-old world record of Janet Evans in the 800m final. Adlington was Britain's first Olympic swimming champion since 1988 and the first British swimmer to win two Olympic gold medals since 1908.
She won bronze medals in the women's 400m and 800m freestyle events in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
With four Olympic medals, Adlington shares the record as Great Britain's most decorated female Olympian with Katherine Grainger.
She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours. Adlington retired from all competitive swimming on 5 February 2013 at the age of 23.
Jessica Ennis-Hill, CBE (born 28 January 1986), née Ennis, is a British track and field athlete, specialising in multi-eventing disciplines and 100 metres hurdles.
She is the current Olympic heptathlon champion winning the gold medal at the Summer Olympics at London 2012. She is also the former European and world heptathlon champion and the former world indoor pentathlon champion. She is the current British national record holder for the heptathlon, the indoor pentathlon and the 100 metres hurdles.
Ennis was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to athletics. Ennis was named as the World Sportswoman of the Year at the Laureus World Sport Awards.
Denise Lewis OBE (born 27 August 1972] is a former British athlete who specialised in the heptathlon.
She won the gold medal in the heptathlon at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Lewis was honoured as Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2000 New Year Honours.
Since retiring from athletics she has undertaken various television and media work, and is now a regular athletics pundit for BBC Television, including during London 2012.
Katherine "Kat" Grainger CBE (born 12 November 1975) is a British rower and a 2012 Olympic gold medalist. Grainger is also a three-time Olympic silver medalist and six-time World Champion.
Grainger first won silver at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 in the women's Quadruple Sculls. In Athens in 2004 she won silver in the Coxless Pairs. In Beijing 2008 she won her third silver, again in the Quadruple Sculls.
Grainger has won eight medals at World Championships between 1997 and 2012. She has also won the Rowing World Cup in the Quadruple Sculls in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010 and the Double Sculls in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
At the London Olympics 2012, Anna Watkins and Grainger broke the Olympic record as they qualified for the Double Sculls final. They then went on to win the gold medal.
She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to rowing. With four Olympic medals, Grainger shares the record as Great Britain's most decorated female Olympian with Rebecca Adlington.
Theresa Ione "Tessa" Sanderson, CBE (born 14 March 1956) is a former English javelin thrower and heptathlete who competed in the javelin competition in every one of the six Olympics from 1976–1996 winning the gold medal in 1984 for Great Britain.
She is the second track and field athlete, after Lia Manoliu (discus), to compete at six Olympics. She is currently still the only British Woman to ever win a throwing Gold Medal.
When Sanderson won the gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in the javelin, becoming the first British woman ever to win Olympic gold in this event, her victory was quite unexpected.
Tesss is also a 3 time Commonwealth Gold Medalist and has been awarded the MBE, OBE and in 2004 was awarded the CBE for her services to Sport.
Tessa was a TEAM GB Ambassador for the London 2012 Games and currently runs her own sports academy - The Tessa Sanderson Foundation and Academy.
Sally Jane Janet Gunnell OBE (born 29 July 1966) is a British former Olympic champion in the 400m hurdles.
Gunnell won the 400 m hurdles at the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona. She set the world record in the same event when she won gold in the 1993 World Championships.
Gunnell remains the only woman to have held the European, World, Commonwealth and Olympic 400 metre hurdles titles at the same time.
In the 1993 New Year Honours, Gunnell was made an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) and in the 1998 Queen's Birthday Honours, she was made an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire).
Dame Sarah Joanne Storey, DBE - née Bailey; (born 26 October 1977), is a British road and track racing cyclist and former swimmer, multiple gold medal winner at the Paralympic Games in both sports, and twice British (able bodied) national track champion.
Her total of eleven gold medals makes her the equal of Tanni Grey-Thompson and Dave Roberts, considered among the most successful British Paralympians.
Storey (then known as Sarah Bailey) began her Paralympic career as a swimmer, winning two golds, three silvers and a bronze in Barcelona in 1992 at the age of 14. She continued swimming in the next three Paralympic Games before switching to cycling in 2005.
At the 2008 Paralympic Games, her fifth, Storey won the road time trial and the individual pursuit – in a time that would have been in the top eight at the Olympic final.
Storey also competes against non-disabled athletes and won the 3 km National Track Ppursuit Championship in 2008, eight days after taking the Paralympic title, and defended her title in 2009.
Storey qualified to join the England team for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, where she was the first disabled cyclist to compete for England at the Commonwealth Games against non-disabled cyclists.
In 2011, Storey was part of the GB squad for the women's team pursuit which were the winning team for the World Cup event in Cali, Colombia in December 2011.
London's 2012 Paralympics Games saw Storey win Britain's first gold medal, in the women's individual C5 pursuit. She went on to win three more gold medals, one in the Time Trial C4–5 500m, one in the Individual Road Time Trial C5 and finally one in the Individual Road Race C4–5.
Storey was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1998 New Year Honours. Following the Beijing Games, she was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours. Following the 2012 London Games, she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours.
Jade Mary Jones MBE (born 21 March 1993) is a Welsh taekwondo athlete who represented Team GB at the 2012 Summer Olympics, winning Britain's first taekwondo gold medal, in the women's 57 kg category.
Jones is the reigning Youth Olympic champion in the girls' 55 kg category, winning gold for Great Britain in 2010.
Jones won the public vote for the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year 2012.
Jones was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to taekwondo.
Eleanor May "Ellie" Simmonds, OBE (born 11 November 1994) is a British Paralympian swimmer competing in S6 events.
She came to national attention when she competed in the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, winning two gold medals for Great Britain, despite being the youngest member of the team, at the age of 13.
At the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London Simmonds won four medals, two golds, a silver and a bronze. She took gold in the S6 400m with a new world record; gold in the S6 200m again with a new world record; silver in the S6 100m and a bronze in the S6 50m.
In addition, Simmonds has won ten gold World Championship titles.
She swims in the S6 disability category.
Simmonds won the 2008 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award.
Simmonds was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours. At 14 years old, she became the youngest person ever to have received this honour. She received the honour from Queen Elizabeth II on 18 February 2009.
Simmonds was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to Paralympic sport.
Jayne Torvill, OBE (born 7 October 1957) is a British ice dancer. With Christopher Dean, she won a gold medal at the 1984 Winter Olympics and a bronze medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics.
Torvill and Dean's free programme at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics, performed to the music of Maurice Ravel's Boléro, became world famous. They received twelve perfect 6.0 marks, one of five occasions they were awarded all perfect scores for artistic impression. 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 and under then existing Olympic Committee rules their professional status made them ineligible to compete in the Olympics again.
However, 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 was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2000 New Year Honours list. Torvill and Dean were elected to the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1989.
Nicola Adams, MBE (26 October 1982) is British boxer and is the first woman to win an Olympic boxing title. She was a Gold Medal winner at the 2012 Summer Olympics held in London.
In 2003, she became English amateur champion for the first time and she retained the title at the next 3 championships.
In 2007, Adams was the first English female to win a medal in a major tournament, taking Silver in the bantamweight (54kg) division at the European Championships in Denmark. She won Silver again at the world championships in Ningbo, China in 2008. At the 2010 world championships in Bridgetown, Barbados, she took Silver again, competing now at flyweight (51kg).
In November 2010, Adams was victorious in the first ever GB Amateur Boxing Championship at the Echo Arena Liverpool. In 2011, she won Gold at the European Union Amateur Boxing Championships in Katowice, Poland.
In the 2012 Summer Olympics, Adams defeated Mary Kom from India in the Flyweight semi-final. She went on to defeat Chinese boxer and world number one Ren Cancan in the final to claim the first Olympic women's boxing Gold medal in history.
In 2012 she became the first female boxer to receive an award from the Boxing Writers' Club of Great Britain. Specifically, she was awarded the Joe Bromley Award for outstanding services to boxing. She was also the first woman ever to be invited to the club's awards ceremony.
She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to boxing.
Hannah Lucy Cockroft MBE (born 30 July 1992) is a British wheelchair athlete specialising in sprint distances in the T34 classification.
She holds the Paralympic and world records for both the 100 metres T34 and 200 metres T34.
Competing for Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, she won two gold medals.
She competed at the 2010 British Wheelchair Athletics Association International event and broke four world records. At the Aviva Athletics Awards in December 2010 she received the Best British Paralympic Performance award for 2010.
At the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand she took gold in the 100 metres T34 and 200 metres T34. Her performances earned her a second Best British Paralympic Performance award in November 2011.
On 31 August 2012 she won Great Britain's first track and field gold medal of the 2012 Summer Paralympics, winning the final of the 100 metres T34 in 18.05 seconds, a Paralympic record. On 6 September, she won another gold medal in 200 metres T34 in 31.90 seconds, also a Paralympic record.
In July 2013 at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon Cockroft retained both her T34 100 metres and T34 200 metres titles.
On 28 July 2013 Cockroft won the T33/T34 100 metres race at the Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium with a stadium record time of 17.80 seconds.
Cockroft was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to athletics.
Christine Ijeoma Ohuruogu, MBE (born 17 May 1984) is a British athlete, who specialises in the 400 metres; the event for which she is the current World and former Olympic and Commonwealth Champion.
She is a double World Champion, having also won the 400m at the 2007 World Championships and was a silver medalist at the Olympics in London. She has also won three World championship bronze medals in the women's 4 x 400m relay as part of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team.
At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Ohuruogu became the first ever British female 400m champion, by beating the Jamaican pre-race favourites Sanya Richards (bronze) and Shericka Williams (silver).
Ohuruogu's personal best time of 49.41s, set at the 2013 World Championships, beat the UK record set by Kathy Cook in 1984 by 0.02 seconds, simultaneously making her the first British female to win two World Championship titles, the first British female to win three global titles, and the first British athlete of either gender to win three global titles in the same event; she remains the only female British athlete to have done so.
She was appointed MBE in the 2009 New Year Honours.
Amy Joy Williams MBE (born 29 September 1982) is an English former skeleton racer and Olympic gold medallist.
Originally a runner, she began training in skeleton after trying the sport on a push-start track at the University of Bath.
At her first major event, the 2009 World Championships in Lake Placid, she won a silver medal.
At the 2010 Games, she won a gold medal, becoming the first British individual gold medallist at a Winter Olympics for 30 years and the only British medallist of those specific Olympics.
Williams was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours.
Laura Trott, OBE (born 24 April 1992) is an elite level English track and road cyclist who specialises in the team pursuit and omnium disciplines. She is the inaugural Olympic champion in both events.
Representing Great Britain, Trott is the reigning Olympic and European champion in both events, as well as the reigning four-time World Champion in the team pursuit and a former World Champion in the omnium. She is the most successful rider, male or female, in the history of the elite European Track Championships, with five titles.
In February 2012, she won the team pursuit at the 2011–2012 Track World Cup in London.
At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Trott won a gold medal in the team pursuit alongside Dani King and Joanna Rowsell. The team also set a new world record time of 3:14.051 in this event. Including pre-Olympics races and the Olympics final itself, in the six times they had ridden together they had broken the world record in every race.
She also won gold in the omnium making her a double Olympic Champion in her first Olympics, 2 days after winning gold in the team pursuit.
She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to cycling.
Rhona Howie MBE (born 12 October 1966), better known under her married name, Rhona Martin, is a British curler most famous for skipping the British women's team at the 2002 Winter Olympics, where the team claimed the gold medal. She has also skipped for Scotland at both the World and European Championships.
For their semi-final match at the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002, the British team was paired with Kelley Law's Canadian team. Martin's team surged to an unexpected win, guaranteeing them a medal.
Britain won the final against Switzerland with Martin's last stone, often described as a difficult draw. The team of Martin, Debbie Knox, Fiona MacDonald and Janice Rankin thus became Great Britain's first gold medallists in any sport at the Winter Olympics since Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean came first in the ice dancing of the 1984 Winter Olympics.
Later that year, Martin was awarded an MBE for services to curling.
Martin joined the BBC commentary team for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, overseeing the curling along with Steve Cram.
In 2010, Rhona was appointed as the new women's head coach of the British and Scottish curling performance squad and was part of a five strong coaching team for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
In 2012, Martin was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame.
Dame Mary Elizabeth Peters, DBE, LL (born 6 July 1939) is a former British athlete, best known as a competitor in the pentathlon and shot put.
Mary Peters was born in Halewood, Lancashire, England but moved to Ballymena (and later Belfast) at age eleven when her father's job was relocated to Northern Ireland.
In the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Peters competing for Great Britain and Northern Ireland won the gold medal in the women's pentathlon. To win the gold medal, she narrowly beat the local favourite, Germany's Heide Rosendahl, by 10 points, setting a world record score.
She represented Northern Ireland at every Commonwealth Games between 1958 and 1974. In these games she won 2 gold medals for the pentathlon, plus a gold and silver medal for the shot put.
In 1973, Peters was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) "for services to athletics." In the 1990 Queen's Birthday Honours, she was promoted to Commander (CBE) "for services to Sport".
In the 2000 Queen's Birthday Honours, she was promoted to Dame Commander (DBE) "for services to Sport and to the community in Northern Ireland".
Northern Ireland's premier athletics track, on the outskirts of Belfast, is called the Mary Peters Track in her honour.
Elizabeth "Lizzy" Yarnold (born 31 October 1988) is a British skeleton racer who joined the national squad in 2010. She won the 2013–14 Skeleton World Cup (only once finishing off the podium the whole season), followed by a gold in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
From the first world cup practice run of the Olympic season it was apparent that Yarnold had found a new level of competitiveness, consistently topping timing sheets. She won the opening race in Calgary in controversial circumstances when the US athlete Noelle Pikus-Pace was disqualified for a technical infringement. This set the scene for a season-long duel with Pikus-Pace.
Yarnold eventually secured the World Cup Championship at the last race of the season in Königssee and the Olympic gold medal at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, ahead of Pikus-Pace by 0.97 seconds. The Olympic performance was remarkable as she had the fastest run of each of the four runs and set new track records on her first and third run.
Yarnold's gold was the tenth gold medal ever achieved by British athletes in 90 years of Winter Olympics competition. It also ensured that Great Britain had won a medal in the Women's Skeleton in every Winter Olympics since the event was introduced.
Charlotte Dujardin OBE (born 13 July 1985) is an elite British dressage rider.
Riding Valegro, she won two gold medals (individual dressage and team dressage with Laura Bechtolsheimer and Carl Hester) at the 2012 Summer Olympics, the first Olympic medals ever won in the discipline by a British rider.
Competing in their first dressage Grand Prix event in 2011, the combination of Dujardin and Valegro became part of the successful team which won gold in a European Dressage Championship event at Rotterdam.
The pair then won the FEI World Cup Grand Prix at London Olympia in 2011, setting a new World Record for the Olympic Grand Prix special discipline point-scoring at 88.022%, in April 2012.
In December 2012 Dujardin, again riding Valegro, won the 2012 World Cup freestyle event held at Olympia with a score or 87.875%.
Dujardin and her horse Valegro were selected to represent Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics and in the first round the team set a new Olympic Record of 83.784%. On 7 August 2012 the pair were members of the team which won the gold medal in the team dressage event.
Two days later, in a routine accompanied by music which included Land of Hope and Glory, The Great Escape and the chimes of Big Ben; the pair won the gold medal in the individual dressage event with a score of 90.089%.
She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to equestrianism.
Shirley Ann Robertson, OBE (born 15 July 1968) is a Scottish sailor and Olympic gold medallist.
She made it into the history books by becoming the first British woman to win two Olympic gold medals at consecutive games, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004.
She won her first Olympic gold medal in the Europe class at the 2000 Summer Olympics. In the 2004 Summer Olympics, her crew in the Yngling class clinched the gold medal with one race to spare.
Shirley was named female World Sailor of the Year by the International Sailing Federation in 2000 and was awarded an MBE in 2000 and an OBE in 2005.
In January 2006 she became the regular presenter of Mainsail, a CNN monthly program devoted to the sailing world. She was also a commentator for the BBC's sailing coverage at the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2012 Olympic Games.
Kelly Gallagher (born 18 May 1985) is a Northern Irish skier and the first athlete from Northern Ireland to compete in the Winter Paralympics. Gallagher won Britain's first ever Winter Paralympic gold medal during Sochi 2014.
In January 2011 Gallagher became the first British athlete to win a medal at the IPC World Championships. Competing with her guide Charlotte Evans, the pair won the silver medal in the slalom and bronze in the giant slalom at the event held in Sestriere only five weeks after they started working together.
The pairing also won a gold medal in slalom at the 2011 Europa Cup Finals.
Gallagher won Britain's first ever Winter Paralympic gold on 10 March 2014 during the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia. She finished first in the visually impaired Super-G competition.
Joanna Katie Rowsell MBE (born 5 December 1988) is an English cyclist on the Great Britain Cycling Team who competes on track and road.
Her greatest successes to date are the gold medals won in the women's team pursuit at the 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2014 World Championships and the London 2012 Olympics and the 2014 World Championship in the individual pursuit.
She is a reigning Olympic, World and European champion in the team event, and reigning world champion in the individual pursuit.
Rowsell first came to national prominence as a winner of junior national competitions in 2005/2006.
Rowsell was picked up by British Cycling's Talent Team programme in 2004, after being tested at her school. Her first major wins came in 2005 and 2006. As a junior, she won the British National Track Championships pursuit in both these years, whilst in senior competition on the road she won the 2006 British National Women's Series competition. She represented the UK at the European and World Junior Track and Road Championships in these years.
She won a gold medal at the 2008 World Championships in Manchester as part of the women's pursuit team.
In 2012, she won both the team pursuit and the individual pursuit at the Track Cycling World Cup in London.
Rowsell was a member of the team pursuit squad alongside Dani King and Laura Trott, when they won the team pursuit event and set a new world record at the 2011–2012 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics in London. They broke the record again at the 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.
At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Rowsell won a gold medal for the team pursuit alongside King and Trott. Having already set world record times in both the qualifying and semi-finals in this event, the team also went on to set a new world record time of 3:14.051 in the final.
In 2013, Rowsell broke her collarbone at the London Cycling Festival but, five weeks later, after an operation and training on the Wattbike with a pillow on the bars, she was winning the Women's Pursuit on the track at the International Belgian Open in Ghent.
Rowsell was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to cycling.
Carys Davina "Tanni" Grey-Thompson, Baroness Grey-Thompson, DBE (born 26 July 1969) is a Welsh former wheelchair racer and is a parliamentarian and television presenter.
She is considered to be one of the most successful disabled athletes in the UK. Over her career she won a total of 16 Paralympic medals, including 11 golds, held over 30 world records and won the London Marathon six times between 1992 and 2002.
Her international career began in 1988 in Seoul, where she won a bronze medal in the 400m. As a young athlete she also competed in wheelchair basketball.
Her fifth and last Paralympic Games were in Athens (2004) where she won two gold medals in wheelchair racing in the 100m and 400m.
In total in her Paralympic career she won 16 medals (11 gold, four silver and a bronze) and also 13 World Championship medals (six gold, five silver and two bronze).
In 1993 she was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for "services to sport", advanced in 2000 to OBE again for "services to sport" and then in 2005 was promoted to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE).
Grey-Thompson was named the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year three times: in 1992, 2000 and 2004. In 2000, received the Helen Rollason Award for her performance at the 2000 Summer Paralympics.
Sophie Margaret Christiansen, OBE (born 14 November 1987) is a British equestrian who has competed in three successive Paralympic Games, winning several medals.
She first competed at the Paralympics aged 16 and was the youngest athlete for Great Britain at the 2004 Summer Paralympics.
She contested both the freestyle and championship dressage grade I, the classification grade for severely disabled athletes. In the freestyle event Christiansen finished fourth with the gold medal being won by British teammate Lee Pearson.
The championship grade I dressage saw Christiansen win her first Paralympic medal. Competing with her horse Hotstuff, she took bronze with gold again being won by Pearson.
She was named BBC London Disabled Athlete of the Year for 2004.
Following her success in Athens Christiansen was selected to be part of the British team at the 2005 European Championships held in Hungary where she won three gold medals.
At the World Championships in 2007 she won a gold medal in the freestyle dressage and a bronze medal in the individual dressage event.
In 2008 she represented Great Britain at the Summer Paralympics. The equestrian events were not held in the host city Beijing but instead took place at the Olympic Equestrian Centre in Hong Kong. Competing in her second Games she again contested the freestyle and championship dressage events but was also part of the British quartet in the team dressage.
On her horse Lambrusco she won an individual gold medal in the freestyle and silver in the championship dressage. In the team open Christiansen, with teammates Lee Pearson, Anne Dunham and Simon Laurens won her second Paralympic gold medal. This meant that Great Britain has won a gold medal in this event at four consecutive Games.
Paralympics 2012 saw her claim gold once again in the Equestrian Individual Freestyle Test Grade la. Sophie won gold with a score of 84.75 on her horse Janeiro 6, finishing 5.75 points ahead of her closest rival.
She is Britain's first triple gold medallist at the Paralympic games.
Christiansen was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours for services to disabled sport.
She has a MSci degree (undergraduate honours) in mathematics from the University of London's Royal Holloway College.
She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to equestrianism.
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