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Team GB athletes enjoying the parade
London's parade of heroes
The capital held a heroes parade of Olympic and Paralympic athletes, who were the pride of Britain in Beijing.
Thousands of fans gathered in London on Thursday to greet Britain's Olympians and Paralympians for a parade to celebrate their Beijing success.
Olympic athletes outside the law courts
The 12-float procession had cycling star Chris Hoy and swimmers Rebecca Adlington and Eleanor Simmonds heading from Mansion House to Trafalgar Square.
Hoy told the BBC: "It's unbelievable and great to see so much positivity. It's the stuff of dreams."
Mansfield's most famous swimmer Adlington, one of the favourites for the BBC Sport Personality award, said: "All of the support is just brilliant. Everybody says swimming is boring, but hopefully the sport can be put right on the map now."
After the activities in Trafalgar Square, the Olympians will head to Buckingham Palace for a reception with the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Princess Royal, who is President of the British Olympic Association.
A reception for the Paralympians is due to be held early in 2009.
British Olympic Association chairman Lord Moynihan said: "It is great that the Olympians and Paralympians can celebrate their greatest results in modern Olympic history."
Phil Lane, chief executive of ParalympicsGB, added: "The team had some fantastic performances so it's a fitting tribute that their achievements will be celebrated, alongside those of Britain's Olympians."
Team GB returned from Beijing in August after their best Olympic medal haul in 100 years, finishing fourth in the medal table with 19 golds, 13 silvers and 15 bronze.
The ParalympicsGB team were Britain's most successful for two decades, winning 102 medals, including 42 golds, to finish second in the table behind China.
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London's Gold Medal Winners - OLYMPICS
MARK HUNTER – Born East End, learnt to row on Isle of Dogs
REBECCA ROMERO – Moved to Twickenham aged 17, first cycled in High Wycombe
BRADLEY WIGGINS – Started racing Herne Hill
CHRISTINE OHORUOGU - Stratford
TIM BRABANTS – Walton-on-Thames
JAMES DE GALE – Harlseden
STEVE WILLIAMS – lives Henley on Thames (but born Leamington, grew up in Cheltenham)
PETER REED – lives Chiswick (but born Seattle, grew up Gloucestershire)
ANDY HODGE – lives Chiswick (but from north Yorkshire)
SARAH WEBB – born Ashford, Middlesex (but lives Weybridge)
SARAH AYTON – born Ashford, Middlesex (but lives Dorset)
ZAC PURCHASE – lives Reading (but born Cheltenham, grew up Worcs)
VICTORIA PENDLETON – born Hitchin
ANDREW SIMPSON – born Chertsey, Surrey (but grew up and lives in Dorset)
London's Gold Medal Winners - PARALYMPICS
You can find a full list of all the Team GB medal winners below;
last updated: 16/10/2008 at 14:51