Where I keep my medal

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

De­spite the blood, sweat and tears in­volved, not ev­ery ath­lete can re­mem­ber where their medal is kept

Sir Ben Ainslie, sailor Gold at Syd­ney 2000, Athens 2004, Bei­jing 2008 and Lon­don 2012 ‘They’re at home in an old wash bag, although I’m not quite sure where. We’ve moved sev­eral times, so they don’t have a per­ma­nent home yet’

Sir Chris Hoy, cy­clist Gold at Athens, Bei­jing and Lon­don ‘They’re all in a safe at my bank as I’m never re­ally at home. If I lost them in a bur­glary, I’d be dev­as­tated. When I do get them out, it’s fan­tas­tic to see them again’

Harry Reynolds, cy­clist Sil­ver at Melbourne 1956 ‘It was on dis­play in my tro­phy cabi­net for years, but I’ve since dis­cov­ered it’s worth more than £10,000, so I’ve moved it some­where safer’

Shar­ron Davies, swim­mer Sil­ver at Moscow 1980 ‘It’s wrapped up in an East Ger­man swim­ming suit that I swapped mine for’

Kriss Ak­abusi, sprinter Sil­ver at Los An­ge­les 1984 ‘I’m not sure every­body be­lieves me, but I’ve car­ried mine in my pocket ev­ery day since’ Steve Back­ley, javelin Sil­ver at At­lanta 1996 and Syd­ney ‘In a toi­let bag—where else?’

Tony Jef­fries, boxer Bronze at Bei­jing ‘It’s al­most worn out be­cause every­body in Sun­der­land, in­clud­ing Sir Alex Fer­gu­son, Sir Bobby Charl­ton and Bryan Rob­son, has had it round their neck at some time or other’

Katharine Merry, sprinter Bronze at Syd­ney ‘In a taped-up freezer bag in my “messy” drawer in the kitchen. I ac­tu­ally re­ceived two medals—the orig­i­nal broke’

Michael Mcin­tyre, sailor Gold at Seoul 1988 ‘In a glass-fronted box hang­ing on the wall out­side my toi­let. It seemed like a per­fectly nor­mal place’

Leon Tay­lor, diver Sil­ver at Athens ‘In an old sock. It fits per­fectly’

Cassie Pat­ten, swim­mer Bronze at Bei­jing ‘In a small, draw­string bag in my un­der­wear drawer—although I shall now move it in case bur­glars look there!’

Ray Stevens, judo Sil­ver at Barcelona 1992 ‘In an old box, un­der a pile of pa­pers. Con­sid­er­ing what I had to go through to win it, I should prob­a­bly have it mounted on the wall’

Jane Holderness-roddam, even­ter Gold at Mex­ico 1968 ‘I haven’t been able to hold my medal for years. We were bur­gled in the 1990s and they tried to smash the cabi­net in the draw­ing room. We’ve since lost the key, so it’s slowly tar­nish­ing black’

Steve Batch­e­lor, hockey Gold at Seoul ‘I’ve moved it around var­i­ous hid­ing places in the house. There have been a few sweaty mo­ments when I couldn’t re­mem­ber which one’

Jamie Baulch, sprinter Sil­ver at Athens ‘I lost it for six months, only to dis­cover it in the bot­tom of my son’s toy box. Now, it’s in my sock drawer’

Mark Covell, sailor Sil­ver at Syd­ney ‘It’s in my size 17 boot. The prob­lem is, I don’t al­ways put it in the same boot. I guess it puts a dif­fer­ent slant on the sil­ver slip­per’

Daisy Berkeley, even­ter Bronze at Bei­jing ‘It hangs around the neck of a statue of Bud­dha, which was handed down from my grand­mother, in the corner of our liv­ing room’ JT

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