New Years Honours: Team GB gold medallists receive awards
03:00 29 December 2012
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Standing in front of a passionate home crowd, with medals draped around their necks, it would be hard for Team GB athletes to picture a more honour soaked 2012.
But Britain’s gold medallists have tipped off a unique year by being recognised for their achievements in the 2013 New Years Honours.
He is Tour de France champion, London 2012 gold medallist and BBC Sports Personality of the Year, and now Bradley Wiggins has been knighted.
Five-time Olympic medallist Ben Ainslie, is also knighted for services to sailing.
British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford, who has overseen a transformational year for the sport, and David Tanner, his counterpart at British Rowing, have also been knighted.
The country’s most successful paralympic cyclist, Sarah Storey, is made a Dame, capping a year in which she revealed she is expecting her first child with husband Barney, also a three-time Paralympic medallist.
Face of the games Jessica Ennis is appointed a CBE, for services to athletics, alongside Mo Farah, also for services to athletics, Katherine Grainger, for services to rowing, and Victoria Pendleton, for services to cycling.
Paralympic wheelchair athlete David Weir, from Sutton, who won four golds at London 2012, is also appointed an CBE.
Swimmer Ellie Simmonds is honoured for the second time at the tender age of 18 - appointed an OBE for services to paralympic sport. She was appointed an MBE at 14 after the Beijing Olympics.
In a year in which he won his first Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows, Andy Murray is also made an OBE for services to tennis, and Olympic cyclists Laura Trott and Jason Kenny are appointed OBEs for services to cycling.
On the list of those made MBEs are Nicola Adams, the Leeds born boxer who made history as Britain’s first female boxer to win a gold medal, Paralympic dressage rider and double-Paralympic gold medallist Natasha Baker, traithlete Alistair Brownlee, and boxer Anthony Joshua, are also made MBEs, for services to their respective sports.
Jonnie Peacock, the Paralympic sprinter, and Jade Jones, who became the first British Takewondo gold medallist, are appointed MBEs.
And fresh from being crowned Strictly Come Dancing champion, Louis Smith, who left London 2012 with a silver and gold medal in gymnastics, also receives an MBE.