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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.

Paralympic Association 'delighted' to receive cash boost

The British Paralympic Association (BPA) has welcomed the news that the organising committee of the London 2012 Olympics will give £2.6 million to the cash-strapped organisation. BPA Chairman Tim Reddish said:

We are delighted to receive this payment and congratulate the LOCOG commercial and financial teams on doing such a fantastic job to maximise revenues from sponsorship and licensing.

They have worked with our brand over the past seven years and have returned it to our sole charge bigger, stronger and with many more people aware of its value.

The money announced today will be used by the BPA to support both its mission of making the UK the leading nation in Paralympic sport and our vision of ‘through sport, inspiring a better world for disabled people’

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