Get to know some of GB’s Gold Medal athletes — and raise a glass to them with our victory celebration offer at all Thistle London hotels!
The Olympics have proven again that Great Britain is home to many of the world’s best athletes. To salute them, we have put together a little bit about each of our golden winners so you can get to know the stars who have made us so proud to be British this summer.
Golden Girl Jess Ennis had the weight of the nation on her shoulders, but the 26-year-old from Sheffield nailed every event in the heptathlon to come out on top on GB’s Super Saturday. Already, Ennis is inspiring the next generation: a baby born in Bath just moments before her 800m run was named Beatrice Jessica in her honour.
The 25-year-old redhead from Milton Keynes is nicknamed Gregatron and it’s easy to see why: Rutherford leaped a whopping 8.31m to secure the men’s long jump title in athletics. He told the BBC he thinks he can do even better in Rio: “The sky’s the limit.”
Mo Farah won Britain’s sixth and final gold on Super Saturday, breezing past his competitors in the 10,000m race. After he crossed the finish line, his wife and daughter burst out onto the track to join him. “To be Olympic champion right on your doorstep is the best moment of my life and to see my wife and daughter on the track was incredible,” he told the BBC. A week later, Mo added another gold to his haul when he won the men’s 5,000m.
Bradley Wiggins is undeniably the best cyclist in the world right now – after winning the Tour de France just weeks before he added an Olympic gold to his mantle. In doing so, the 32-year-old became the first man to win both in the same year. The seven-time Olympic medalist learned to ride a bicycle in Hyde Park.
Jason Kenny claimed the gold from three-time world champion Gregory Bauge of France in a thrilling final at the velodrome in Week 2. It was the 24-year-old’s first individual Olympic medal.
Chris Hoy became the most decorated British Olympian of all time when he won the men’s keirin event on Day 11. In all, the 36-year-old Scotsman has won six Olympic golds, two of which came in 2012 (he was also a member of the winning GB Team Sprint.) Hoy was knighted in 2009 (so that’s Sir Chris Hoy to you.)
Victoria Pendleton has retired from cycling after winning a gold in Keirin and a silver in in the Sprint, her final race of her career. Pendleton, now 31, rode her first race when she was just nine years old.
Trott is just 20 years old and she already has two gold medals to her name: one in Team Pursuit and one in Omnium, both won this year. Trott was born with a collapsed lung and was diagnosed with asthma at a young age, which makes her double win even more remarkable.
After edging out Denmark’s Jonas Hogh-Christensen on home waters, Ben Ainslie became the first sailor to win medals at five Olympic games. The 35-year-old from Macclesfield earned his fourth gold in the Finn class at the sailing event in Weymouth, which he suggested would be his final Olympic outing.
Former farm hand Peter Wilson became Olympic champion in the double trap event in Week One. The 25-year-old from Dorchester sacrificed a lot to get to the Games: for a while, he was working until 2 a.m. at a bar, then getting up early to hit the gym, in order to fund his training. After his win, he told reporters that it was all worth it: gold is “a dream come true.”
Andy Murray may have conceded June’s Wimbledon championship to Roger Federer, but he didn’t let the Swiss get away with another win on his court at the Olympics. It was a decisive win, with Murray taking three straight sets. Just a few hours later, the 25-year-old also helped GB nab a silver in mixed doubles.
Alistair Brownlee became GB’s first Olympic triathlon champion at Hyde Park, winning well ahead of his competitors, including younger brother Jonathan Brownlee, who earned a bronze. The 24-year-old is currently pursuing a Masters degree in finance at Leeds Metropolitan University.
Charlotte Dujardin first hopped on a horse when she was just two years old; at 27, the Enfield native won gold at Greenwich Park on her Grand Prix horse Valegro. Dujardin was also part of the GB team that took home gold in the Team Dressage event a few days before her individual victory.
Her nickname might be “Babyface” but make no mistake: you probably shouldn’t mess with boxing champ Nicola Adams. In Week 2, Adams became the first woman to win a boxing gold at the Olympics. Another fun fact about the 29-year-old: she has appeared as an extra on Coronation Street and Emmerdale.
Anthony Joshua only started boxing four years ago, after his cousin dragged him to the gym. Now he’s an Olympic champion, taking gold in the super heavy class in front of boxing legends Dick McTaggart and Lennox Lewis. The 22-year-old is a towering 198cm tall and when he was 15, he ran a 100m spring in just 11 seconds.
Some call him the “Usain Bolt of the water” and it’s easy to see why after Ed Mckeever easily won the 200m kayak sprint in the last weekend of the Olympics. The 28-year-old is a trainee accountant who attended Kingston University, and next month, he will be marrying his fiance, PE teacher Anya Kuczha.
Jade Jones, Taekwondo
Jade Jones may only be 19 and a tiny 156 cm tall, but don’t underestimate the young Welsh teenager: she is Britain’s first-ever gold medalist in taekwondo. Jones beat Chinese fighter Yuzhuo Hou on the last Thursday of the Games. Her nickname in the ring is “the headhunter” because she tends to target her opponent’s head.
Luke Campbell is one of the three Brits who dominated the boxing events at the Olympics, alongside Nicola Adams and Anthony Joshua. Despite his prowess in the ring, the 24-year-old still trains in his garage, and says that he boxes for his son, two-year-old Leo, who calls Campbell “Daddy Boom Boom” and watches his father fight on TV. “I want the little lad to be proud of me,” he says.
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