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Top 30 British 2012 Olympic Hopefuls | Olympic Stories | British Atheletes

This is a list of the most promising British atheletes who are likely to win some medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games. All the best of luck to them and let's make this country proud.



Andrew SimpsonAndrew SimpsonBorn December 17, 1976 in Sherborne, Dorset, England, Andrew Simpson is a world-class sailor who has recently catapulted himself into the limelight after a career of playing second fiddle to better sailors.
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Paul GoodisonPaul GoodisonGoodison was destined for sailing. While only a small child, his father used to take him out on the open water, where Paul not only learned to sail, but also excelled at it. Apart from other hobbies of Goodison, like windsurfing and kiteboarding, sailing is his first passion
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Ben AinslieBen AinslieSailing legend and Olympic mainstay Charles Benedict “Ben” Ainslie was born February 5, 1977 in Macclesfield, England. Like many of today’s best sailors, the sport was inborn with Ainslie; his father was a sailor, captaining a boat in the inaugural Whitbread Round The World Race circa 1973.
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Andy TurnerAndy TurnerAndy Turner has plenty of bronze, silver and gold to show off in his trophy case, but the Olympic Games are the crème de la crème of all sporting competitions. After six years of winning medals at international and world events, Turner hopes that 2012 will the year that he finally clears that illusive hurdle .
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Annie LushAnnie LushAnnie has a lot to prove as she entered the 2012 Olympic Games in London this summer. Having missed out on 2008’s Games in Beijing, when Sarah Ayton and her team were chosen over Annie’s to represent Great Britain, Lush and the Macgregors are now looking to claim gold in the 6m Women’s Match Race event.
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Bryony ShawBryony ShawShaw was raised in Oxfordshire, the daughter of intellectuals – her father taught Business Studies at a PhD level at Oxford Brookes University. Naturally, Bryony grew up with high expectations where education was concerned, but once she first tried windsurfing in France in 1992, she was hooked.
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Dai GreeneDai GreeneDai has had a few major successes in his short career, on top of a slew of minor achievements. In terms of the 400m hurdle event, Greene is the second-fastest Briton to ever clear the event, and he is also the current World, Commonwealth and European champion in the event.
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David DaviesDavid DaviesDavies started swimming at a very young age and was a force to be reckoned with by the time he was a teenager. An uncanny ability for distance swimming, David has always been atop everyone’s short list of the best swimmers in the UK.
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David WeirDavid WeirThe competition isn’t even close when speaking about Weir’s accomplishments. David owns every single British racing record at every distance up to 5,000m. He even owns records for 10km, half marathons, and full marathons.
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Hannah MillsHannah MillsGetting her start in Cardiff at only 8 years of age, Hannah used to sail around the Llanishen Sailing Centre. She was such a talent to be so young that it wasn’t long until the Welsh National Squad came calling.
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Hannah EnglandHannah EnglandAlthough England’s success will not come easily, she is convinced that her talents are more than enough to win gold in any event she enters, especially her specialty – the 1500m. Winning accolades and awards since she was a teenager, Hannah’s drive and determination cannot be questioned, and her work ethic is second to none.
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Iain PercyIain PercyLong before Percy was winning multiple Olympic Gold medals and World and European Championships, he was a mere four-year-old child when he first took to the water in a sailboat – a hobby Percy’s family hoped they would all enjoy together.
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British Olympic Football TeamBritish Olympic Football TeamA lot of controversy has surrounded Merritt of late. Although Olympic officials and officials from every other possible sporting agency are constantly giving top athletes drug tests, Merritt never failed a test for the Olympics.
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Kelly SothertonKelly SothertonAt 35 years of age, Kelly will be one of the oldest heptathletes competing this year, but her age doesn’t make her any less dangerous. Although she retired in 2010 due to back and foot injuries, she decided to come back in 2011, showing a side of herself that few had seen before.
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Kate MacgregorKate MacgregorGrowing up around sisters who were already sailors, “Mini Mac,” as Kate is known, gained plenty of experience as a child. Lucy, Kate’s older sister and Match Race teammate, helped to guide and train Mini Mac through her formative years.
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Joanne JacksonJoanne JacksonAlthough Joanne is considered one of the greatest British freestyle swimmers currently in competition, she is overshadowed by fellow Briton Rebecca Adlington. The two are soft rivals, with Adlington having the better overall record, but after a recent surge by Jackson, 2012 might just bring a changing of the guard.
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Jessica EnnisJessica EnnisJessica does most of her training in England, where she is a member of the City of Sheffield Athletic Club. Currently, Ennis holds the European title of World Heptathlon Champion and also the indoor Pentathlon Champion. 2012 may be Ennis’ first medal-winning run in the Olympic Games.
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Lizzie ArmitsteadLizzie ArmitsteadBest described as the heptathlon of cycling, the Omnium consists of a three kilometer ride, a 500 meter timed trail, a flying lap, a 20km points race, a 10km scratch race, and after athletes endure that brutal bombardment of cycling, there will finally be an elimination race, wherein the final cyclist to cross the finish after every lap will be removed until three remain.
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Phillips IdowuPhillips IdowuAlthough Phillips has been one of the world’s premier triple jumpers over the past few years, one of his biggest criticisms is his inconsistency. Before this most recent surge of victories, Idowu was known as a sporadic athlete, sometimes choosing to not even compete in events.
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Nick DempseyNick DempseyIn his personal life, Nick stays as close to sailing as he can. He married fellow Briton Olympian and Gold Medal winner Sarah Ayton (now Sarah Dempsey) in 2008, and the couple’s son, Thomas-Flynn, will most likely be an avid sailor when he grows up.
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Mo FarahMo FarahIn terms of a track career, few athletes in the world have the resume Farah has without also having won Olympic Gold before. Unfortunately for Farah, a medal this year will be his first, and at 28 years of age, it may also be his last.
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Lucy MacgregorLucy MacgregorBeing a younger Olympian for Great Britain carries a lot of pressure. Many of GB’s sailors are very tenured in the profession, having sailed in competitions on a professional level for over a decade. Lucy, on the other hand, enters the Olympics with only a few years of actual competitive experience under her belt.
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Rebecca AdlingtonRebecca AdlingtonRebecca Adlington is an English freestyle swimmer who will be representing Team Great Britain at the Summer Olympic Games in London in 2012. Her second Olympic appearance, Adlington is the previous winner of two gold medals via the 2008 Games in Beijing.
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Tim BrabantsTim BrabantsTim Brabants is a sprint kayaker who will represent Great Britain in 2012 London, making his third appearance at the Olympic Games. Having already won three medals (Gold; 2 Bronze) in Olympic competition, Brabants is considered amongst the favorites to claim victory in the K-1 races this summer.
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Stefanie ReidStefanie ReidAlthough Reid was born in New Zealand, she spent a lot of her childhood in Toronto, Canada. When she was 15, Reid was involved in a horrible boating accident. She lost her right foot, but had the surgeon not performed masterfully to stop the bleeding, Stefanie would have lost her life.
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Shelly WoodsShelly WoodsShelly Woods is a Paralympic athlete representing Great Britain in this year’s upcoming 2012 Summer Paralympic Games in London. This will be Shelly’s second trip to the Paralympics, having won a bronze medal already, so she’s no stranger to the competition.
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Saskia ClarkSaskia ClarkClark is currently preparing to race in the 2012 London Olympics with teammate Hannah Mills. And while the duo isn’t favored to win over other impressive teams in the field, Saskia’s commitment to sailing and her undeniable talent might just be the push the Britons need to claim Olympic Gold this summer.
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Richard WhiteheadRichard WhiteheadRichard Whitehead is an English marathon runner, a sprinter, and an all-around world-class athlete who, despite being a congenital double amputee, consistently competes with the best runners in the world.
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William SharmanWilliam SharmanWilliam Sharman is a gifted track and field athlete who is competing for Great Britain in the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. William’s family moved to England soon after he was born.
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Carl HesterCarl HesterBorn December 17, 1976 in Sherborne, Dorset, England, Andrew Simpson is a world-class sailor who has recently catapulted himself into the limelight after a career of playing second fiddle to better sailors.
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