An Olympic swimmer from Cornwall has admitted that she shut her medal from the Beijing Games away in a drawer and could not look at it after becoming depressed with post-Olympics life.
Cassie Patten took bronze for Great Britain in the 10km open water swimming marathon four years ago, but called time on her sporting career months before this year's Games due to a shoulder complaint. She also almost threw the medal away accidentally when she stuffed it in a bag and did not look at it for months after returning to England as an Olympic hero.
Cassie said she was "honoured" to be involved in the recent London Games, where she worked as a TV pundit and was invited to attend events alongside other British medal winners, including Sally Gunnell and Dame Kelly Holmes. But she admits there was a cloud hanging over her at the start of the four-year gap between Olympics.
Cassie is now working at the leisure centre in Liskeard where she learned to swim as a young girl, coaching adult swimmers and also has plans to start her own sports training business.