As the whole of London gets ready for the Olympics we thought we would take a look back at some of Britain’s greatest ever Olympians and also look forward to what you can do to get ready for what is said to be the greatest show on earth!
No5: Daley Thompson
No list would be complete without the charismatic hero who dominated one of the toughest Olympic events. With four world records, two Olympic gold medals, three Commonwealth titles, and wins in the World and European Championships, Daley Thompson is often considered the greatest decathlete the world has ever seen – with a moustache to match!
No4: Seb Coe
Famous for his battles with fellow Brit Steve Ovett, Coe won four Olympic medals, including the 1500 metres gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984, and set eight outdoor and three indoor world records. Now spearheading the 2012 Games, he has another chance to make a name for himself.
No3: Kelly Holmes
We all remember when Kelly spectacularly won gold in both the 800 metres and 1500 metres events at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. She set British records in numerous events and still holds the records over the 600, 800, 1000, and 1500 metres distances.
No2: Matthew Pinsent
The man mountain Pinsent won gold at four consecutive Games after a series of breathtaking rowing displays. The Norfolk-born hero started his glory run by winning the coxless pairs in 1992 before defending the crown four years later in Atlanta. After switching to the fours, he then doubled his haul by the Athens Games.
No1: Steve Redgrave
If Pinsent’s achievements are phenomenal, Redgrave was out of this world. Having set out to win three Olympic Gold Medals at the beginning of his career, Steve went on to win an incredible five Golds in five successive Olympic Games from 1984 to 2000, and remains the only Brit to have ever done so. Since retiring from competitive sport, Steve hasn’t broken the habit of exceeding his targets. The Steve Redgrave Fund forged its way beyond the £5million target that Steve set when launching the charity in 2001 and that total has continued to build since joining forces with Sport Relief.
We wonder who will be creating a name for themselves this year, perhaps Rebecca Adlington, Jessica Ennis or Tom Daley? Either way it is billed to be the greatest show on earth!
But that’s not all. Those lucky enough to live in London can also take the opportunity to make some money as visitors from around the world descend on our capital city. Why not clear out your spare room and rent it out during the games? We would naturally be happy to safely look after your precious belongings in any of our self storage facilities in Camden, Southwark or Wandsworth?
I have also heard a rumour that to help with traffic congestions, Londoners are being encouraged to work from home over the Olympic period. What a great opportunity to clear out the clutter and set up a small office at home. Again, contact us and let us show you how convenient and flexible it is to store your belongings with us – if nothing else you can make a great space to watch the Olympics and spot who you think will be Britain’s greatest Olympians of the future.