Our Greatest Team: Athletes' Parade


Our Greatest Team: Athletes' Parade

Gabby Logan presents highlights from the Athletes' Parade, a celebration of the 800 athletes who represented Great Britain at the Olympics and Paralympics.


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The Olympics brings together the people of the world in harmony and

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friendship, and peace, to celebrate what is best about mankind. To

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every athlete waiting, ready, prepared to take part in these

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There is no such thing as a standard, run of the male human

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being. We share the same human spirit. She has destroyed her own

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world record and won a gold medal again! What is important is that we

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have the ability to create. Creativity can take many forms,

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from physical achievement to theoretical physics will stop

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dreams do come true! There is a truth to sport, a drama, and

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intensity. A spirit that makes it irresistible to take part in and

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irresistible to watch. London 2012 will inspire a generation. Is it

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enough? It is, for Sarah Storey! every Olympic Sport, there is all

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that matters in life. Humans, stretched to the limit of their

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abilities. Living for the moment, but making an indelible mark on

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history. The champion becomes a legend! The games provide an

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opportunity for athletes to excel, to stretch themselves and become

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outstanding in their field. To my fellow countrymen, I say thank you.

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Thank you for making all of this Jessica Ennis is the Olympic

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champion! Best all-round athlete in the world. I have never been so

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proud to be British and to be a part of the Olympic movement. This

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One day, we will tell our children and our grandchildren that, when

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our time came, we did it right. let's celebrate excellence,

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friendship and respect. Good luck Welcome. It is all over, the action

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is finished at the Olympic Park. The Paralympic closing ceremony was

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a fitting end to an incredible sum of sport. Today, our brilliant

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Olympic and Paralympic athletes came out onto the streets of London

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for one last hurrah. As has been the case throughout the Games, the

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You know you have joined the pantheon of sporting greats when

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you only have to have one name and people know who we are talking

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about. Hello, how are you doing. You are the first man we are

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continuing, what are your impressions of this? It's amazing,

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the amount of people coming out to support. We have great memories of

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the Games, for them to come out for one last time, to wave to the crowd,

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it's awesome. About the crowd I would not have achieved what I did.

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They gave me a massive boost. I'm just enjoying myself. Two gold

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medals and two children, how would you compare the emotions? It's

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unbelievable, completely different. I'm really grateful, winning two

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medals. I have managed to give them one of each, that is the important

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thing. No better way to get to parade and the way that listening

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to Mo Farah, sharing his enthusiasm at the first floats are on the move.

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The two children he was referring to, two twin goals, clearly, good

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things continue to happen to the family on Saturdays. It's almost

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showing off to have her four. This man is superhuman, David Weir. This

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time yesterday you were going down the streets in pursuit of the 4th

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one. What a remarkable 11 days in your life? It has not sunk in yet,

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to tell you the truth. I need to go back home, spent some time with my

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family. Just watch the races back and then just look back at what I

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have done and what I have achieved. I look at my Twitter feed, Facebook

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and everything else, I get all these messages saying I am this and

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that, superhuman. People saying, you are amazing. People saying that

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my 15 hundredth, for instance, was the best race they have seen in

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their life. It was a great honour to be in that stadium. When you

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read things like that, it is unbelievable. An unbelievable 11

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days of competition. Let me bring in something else on that the float

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that you might recognise. Jess Ennis, the end of an

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extraordinary... I don't know, month, two months, a year?

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incredible year. To lend on this huge high, in London, with the

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amazing team, with this crowd, it's incredible. Have you been near the

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track since? Yesterday! Me and my training partner, Louise. Just

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keeping the body ticking over. Other than that, relaxing and

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enjoying life. Jess Ennis is now a Freeman of the City of Sheffield,

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she has a stand at Bramall Lane named after her and she has made

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Crowds like these, do days like these make you think you could go

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for Rio? It is awe-inspiring stuff. Blown away by the level of support.

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So many people around me. It's amazing. Ben Ainslie. Modest,

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enthusiastic, the man who famously was made angry during the Games.

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That led to big things. Float number five, a gaggle of gold

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medallists in boxing. Nicky Campbell, bantamweight boxing. An

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extraordinary end to many years of hard work for you. Definitely, a

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very proud moment. It is something I have been working for my whole

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life, achieving that goal, the whole nation getting behind us, it

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is overwhelming. I am so proud to be from Great Britain. Nicola Adams,

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gold medallist. She is not that tall, she is standing on a box!

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are you doing? How are you doing? Really excited, I can't believe the

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people that have come out to see us, I think it's great. You have had

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time since you won to think about the impact you have made. I am sure

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you are bored of people saying that he made history as the first woman

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gold medallist. Has the importance of what you did something yet?

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is just starting to sink in now. An amazing achievement, not just for

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me but for Great Britain as a nation. I just think it is

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fantastic that I was able to get that gold medal for my country.

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Have you had a lot of teenage girls coming up and saying, I want to do

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what you did? Yes, people want Twitter saying, you have inspired

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me to start boxing, take up sport. That's fantastic. It's all about

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inspiring the next generation. Anthoney Joshua, the same size as

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you, actually, no wonder you won exhibition are what is going on

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with her today? I don't know, she has grown since she got the gold

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medal. Then a slow as, Audley Harrison, so many people have

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immediately thought, I must go professional and make millions?

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What are your thoughts? I just want to get into the gym, be the best

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fighter I can day. My thoughts are on improvement, I just want to be a

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better fighter. On that final day, to get the gold medal, how did you

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feel about being part of the final chapter of the most remarkable

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Olympics of all? Unbelievable. So quick, and in dramatic fashion all

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the way through. It's only now sinking in, what I've achieved. And

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it could afford to another final, to win it and become champion.

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Everybody here, coming together, it's bigger than I could believe. I

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want to say thank you to everybody out there. Among the stars today

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are two brothers who have been some I am with two of the best all-round

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athletes, the very talented brothers, Alastair Brownlee The Who

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a one gold in Hyde Park, and Johnny, who stood on the podium with him.

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How much has your life changed over the past month? All right. On the

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surface, it hasn't changed very much. Still been going swimming,

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cycling. I have been struggling to walk down the street without

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somebody telling me how good it was, that they were watching and it

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inspired them. That's been brilliant. I think it has quieted

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down, apart from the obvious today. It's amazing to see the people

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supporting us. Incredible, the amount of people that have turned

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out. I'm surprised by the numbers. The homecoming, all of the people

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came out to cheer us on. Surprised again. Last time, you hadn't had a

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chance to go out for dinner with your parents and celebrate. Have

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you had a chance? Not really, I've been busy trying to get fit again,

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trading. I am going to go home, go out with my parents and enjoy it.

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Arguably the hottest tickets in town were for the Velodrome. Our

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cyclists smashed the targets, produced some of the most memorable

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moments. Chris Hoy, with his stick- on sideburns for Bradley Wiggins.

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The amazing form of the likes of Laura Trott and Victoria Pendleton.

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And now the fearless Sarah Storey. The unofficial team captain, if I

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can call him that, of the cycling Pozzi. Sir Chris Hoy. Words fail

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you sometimes, don't they? Four years ago I thought we saw the

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greatest ever welcome for another bid and Paralympic team. This tops

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it. People are hanging out of roofs, climbing lamp-posts, it's

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incredible. These guys have made big gains. They have given us

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energy and enthusiasm, support. The volunteers, the armed forces, the

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police, it is something we can all be proud of. It has shown we can

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put on a big party, enjoy ourselves and celebrate. Sarah Storey, two,

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four, everybody is showing off their medals. Some people thought

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in the hiatus between the Olympics and Paralympics, it might be a bit

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of a disappointment. Far from it? Everything just stepped up a level.

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For us, as Paralympians, to have the immense crowd, the amazing

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venues, incredible volunteers, backed up by our amazing team, we

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could not have asked for more. proud were you at the closing

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ceremony to realise you had been part of something on that scale?

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proud. We walked into that stadium and it was gold everywhere. A sea

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of gold. It was just amazing. I can't believe it. More and more

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gold medals. Lovely to see you. I was with you a couple of weeks ago

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in Sheffield, with a bunch of young kids. There were the next

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generation you are hoping to inspire. How many young people have

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come up to you and said, I've got a bike, I want to be a cyclist?

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and lots. I've recently been introduced to Twitter, lots of

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people had been on their saying they have bought new bikes since

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the Olympics. I really love it, rate for to be part of it. Laura,

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proudly wearing your two gold medals. This is the key question,

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have they come off your neck in the last three weeks? Yes, when I was

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on holiday. Only because I didn't want tan lines! Fantastic, perfect.

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Victoria Pendleton, you have said goodbye to your bicycle, is that

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right? I had indeed. You have replaced it with going on Strictly,

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are you in training? I have already started. It's been really good fun,

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I can't wait. Is it hard work? defeat, it is. Physically, not so

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much. A golden coincidence. We just saw Jason Kemi and Sir Chris Hoy.

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They share their birthday with Sir Steve Redgrave, Mo Farah and Sir

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Roger Bannister, 23rd March. We are on the equestrian float.

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Nick Skelton, many congratulations. A long career, and it comes to

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this? Unbelievable. I have never seen anything like this. After that

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he amazing. The worst thing is, there are no seats on this bus!

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Japanese guy, he was 71, taking part. You are not quite there. Any

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thoughts of carrying on that long? I don't know about 71. Maybe Rio.

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Zara Phillips, listen, you have seen some pretty extraordinary

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things in your life. Have you seen anything quite like this question

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that no, unbelievable. To think everybody has come out for all of

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us. This is like the whole games, though. The crowd were unbelievable.

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Everybody with gold medals all over the place. Greenwich was one of the

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great success stories of the Games, to compete in that then you must

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have been fantastic? Unbelievable. Not every day do we get to ride in

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front of 24,000 people and have that much support. The support from

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the home crowd was immense. This, for you, is, what? Beyond belief?

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Magical, really. Who would have realised the amount of people that

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were going to come out here and support us? It's unbelievable, the

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amount of people that are here. It's a little bit sad to think that

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this is it, now. There will be a We always like to say these things

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but was it the best Paralympic Games ever? You know it was. I am

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so proud of the British public to come out and watch Paralympic sport

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and get educated about it. It is an honour to be an athlete in these

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Games. It really has been. Dressage is now cool. You know, you have got

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your three gold medals there. Have you slept with them? They give me

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neck ache. Many congratulations. Lovely to see you. There are not

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any horses here, but there are more gold medallists than you can shake

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a stick at on coach equestrian. I think it is important to know,

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for the athletes who have won medals it is a great celebration.

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For those who have not achieved quite what they wanted, this is a

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chance for them to look back and celebrate and to be with their

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team-mates because the hard work starts again. We are already

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talking about Rio and eight years time as well, trying to look

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forward. Home Games is so hard. You know, there's been so much interest

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in much younger athletes, from two or three years out. They have been

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interviewed. They have never been able to escape the London Games.

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This is their chance to celebrate. I am with a huge star of the pool

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and face of the Paralympic Games. Ellie Simmonds, you could not have

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got much sleep last night? Not at all.

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It was amazing. It was great to celebrate.

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It is unbelievable. We knew the crowd would go crazy for you, but I

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did not expect it to this extent. They are screaming your name. How

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does that feel? Amazing. To celebrate the public - I had the

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home advantage. You had that honour last night to extinguish the flame?

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It was a great honour. I was quite nervous, but really excited. What

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next for you? Have a break for a bit now. Get away from the water

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and just enjoy the celebrations of the Games.

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Going into the championships next year. We feel like we have grown up

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Two golds a silver and a bronze this time. One of each colour. In

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fact two golds to claim with the two golds she claimed as a 14-year-

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old in Beijing. It is crazy, isn't it? The

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reception is fantastic. We had a bit of down-time after the Olympics.

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Just to relive the moment, it's just fantastic. Have you been

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flying effectively for the past few weeks? I have been everywhere. I

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have been on holiday. I have hardly seen my parents. It's been manic to.

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Come back to this - it's just crazy. Brilliant, really good fun. It is

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about inspiring a generation and everything like that. What sort of

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response have you had from kids over the past month or so to what

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you achieved? I mean the kids, there are so many people who want

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to get involved in gymnastics and sport now. I've had so many Tweets.

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That's what the Olympics is about. It is about inspiring people to get

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involved in sport. It's fantastic. I'm with the amazing British rowing

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team. You won Team GB's first gold of the

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Games in the women's pair. I hear both your home-comings were

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incredible? For me it was in Cornwall. We had a massive bus

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parade. It was not as busy as this, but it turned out well. I was in

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the north of Scotland. The other end of the country. It was really

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touching. You are a captain in the royal artillery, are you rejoining

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your regiment soon? Yes. I am back to work next Monday. I am enjoying

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this moment as an athlete. Do you So the plane that brought the flame

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to the British Isles with a thank you written very clearly on the

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underside. A thank you to all the athletes and a thank you to all

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those who took part in the Games. It is leading the way. We are now

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looking out for the next formation. What a sight! The Red Arrows,

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streaming red, white and blue There can't be a more impressive or

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dramatic tribute to the hundreds of To everyone here, on this

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extraordinary day, after this amazing parade, on behalf of the

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whole nation - thank you. Thank you to the athletes, to Team GB, to

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Paralympics GB. You have given us a golden summer of British sport and

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you have made us all so proud. From the heroes of the Velodrome to

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the giants of the Aquatics Centre and the champions of track and

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field, from Eton Dorney and to Weymouth, to every one of our great

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Olympians and Paralympians you have given us moments we'll never forget.

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The whole country salutes your brilliance. And thank you...

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APPLAUSE And thank you to all those who made

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this possible. Britain's engineers and construction workers, Sebastian

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Coe and his amazing team. The police, who kept us safe.

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APPLAUSE And to our servicemen and women,

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who stepped up so magnificently, you proved again you are the

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greatest in the world. And to the thousands of volunteers

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who turned London into a city of smiling faces - you are the people

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who made these the greatest Games Thank you, Prime Minister. Ladies

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and gentlemen, first can I say what a privilege it has been to be

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President of the British Olympic Association for a home Games here

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in Great Britain. It's been an extraordinary journey and the

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members and I were there when the decision was first made. I have to

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say this has been a really remarkable period of time. And

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another big thank you to the great British public for its outstanding

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support, whether that's been as spectators, as volunteers or as

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people in a range of different uniforms who have all been

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volunteers to support the Games. But finally, to our athletes for

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they -- their awe-inspiring achievements. I mean all the

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athletes, everybody, not just those who have won medals, all of them.

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You are now all Olympians and Paralympians, you set the tone for

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the future. Thank you. APPLAUSE

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Thank you very much Your Royal Highness. My friends, I will keep

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this brief because I have got some people behind me who have been on

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floats all afternoon without being allowed to touch a drop of beer, so

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I'm going to get very quickly through this. We come now to the

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final tear-sodden climax of the summer of London 2012. It is of

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course right Prime Minister that we should pay tribute to all the

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thousands of people who have helped to deliver the greatest Olympic and

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Paralympic Games ever held. Above all, it is right now we should

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thank the people without whom the last six weeks would simply not

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have made sense and not been possible, the most successful team

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of athletes this country has ever assembled. I want to say to all of

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you - my, God there are a lot of you! I want to say to every single

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one of you, this was your achievement. This was your

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achievement. You brought this country together in a way we never

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expected. You routed the doubters, and you scattered the gloomsters.

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For the first time in living memory you caused Tube train travellers to

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break into spontaneous conversation. You did rack up more medals than

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France, didn't you? And more medals than Germany and more medals than

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Australia. More medals, my friends per head, more medals per head than

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virtually any country on Earth. Yes, you brought sport home to a city

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and country, where by and large it was invented and codfyed. You

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brought athletics home. You brought home rowing, you

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brought home cycling. You brought home judo. I am not sure that judo

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was invented in London, but never mind. You brought home ping-pong

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and above all, above all, you brought home the truth about us and

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about this country. That when we put our minds to it there's no

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limit to what Britain can achieve. Let's give them a big cheer as they

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go forward to Rio de Janeiro. Thank CHEERING AND APPLAUSE. A popular

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figure wherever he has gone at Olympic venues, bringing this

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finale to a close before they sing the National Anthem, with Katherine

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# God save our gracious queen # Long live our noble Queen

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# God save the Queen # Send her victorious

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As a glorious sporting summer comes to an end, Gabby Logan presents highlights from the Athletes' Parade, a celebration of the 800 athletes who represented Great Britain at the Olympics and Paralympics. Taking in the sights and sounds of London, the public celebrate the athletes' achievements one last time.

Commentary comes from Huw Edwards, Hazel Irvine and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.