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Royal honour for 2012 stars

Cyclist Laura Trott receives her OBE medal from the Prince of Wales Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Prince Charles recognised Laura Trott as he presented the 21 year old with her OBE, saying the athletes had done "really good" work at the London 2012 Games. He asked her if she had to watch what she ate. Trott, still smiling, replied: "No I ate Maltesers."

Cyclist Laura Trott with members of the Yeoman of the Guard Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

She said she was nervous but excited about the day, "there is no pressure in this and I got to see my mum Glenda getting ready to go to Buckingham Palace which is not the sort of thing that happens every day." Laura began cycling with her mother, who took up the sport to lose weight.

Cyclist Laura Trott after receiving her OBE medal Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Trott, 21, made a stunning Olympic debut at the London 2012 Games where she rode away to gold in the omnium and team pursuit.

The dominance of the world-beating trio of Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell, has seen them break the record six consecutive times in the team pursuit.

Trott: "All I do is ride a bike"

Great Britain's Laura Trott celebrates winning the gold medal in the Women's Omnium Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

A nervous but excited Laura Trott collected her OBE at Buckingham Palace today and said "I do not really feel I should be here. All I do is ride a bike."

After picking up her award from the Prince of Wales, the double Olympic cycling champion said: "I was talking to a soldier who was being honoured and thought maybe I do not deserve this because all I do is ride a bike - that is my day job. I love it but this is so amazing.


Equestrian star becomes OBE

Sophie Christiansen arriving at the Paralympic Ball 2012 Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Equestrian Sophie Christiansen, 25, becomes an OBE today.

Christiansen, who was born with cerebral palsy, won the team, individual and freestyle golds at her third Paralympic Games.

She previously won two golds and a silver at Beijing in 2008 and a bronze in Athens in 2004, and was made an MBE in 2009.

Top honour for Laura Trott

Laura Trott with Dani King and Joanna Rowsell Credit: PA

Cyclist Laura Trott will be made an OBE for services to her sport following her exploits in the velodrome last summer, when she won two gold medals at her first Olympics.

The 21-year-old, who was born with a collapsed lung and only took up sport on the advice of doctors, repeatedly smashed the world record on the way to the team pursuit title alongside Dani King and Joanna Rowsell, before standing atop the podium again after winning the Omnium two days later.


LOCOG adviser: 'Hard work' delivers BOA cash boost

London 2012 organisers have raised £2.41 billion from the private sector to stage the Olympic and Paralympic Games. London 2012's chief financial officer Neil Wood said:

Over the past six months the small team of people that remain within the company having been working to meet the necessary steps in the dissolution process.

This has included closing out thousands of contracts and selling off or, where possible, gifting thousands of assets to other organisations such as schools, charities, sports and community clubs. It is thanks to this hard work that we have been able to deliver such positive results.

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