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Olympics Diary: The ultimate dream is to be an Olympian. I feel so proud when I put that GB vest on
Charlene Thomas did not quite kiss the Union Flag crest but it was clear how much it meant to the Wakefield Harrier not just to wear a Great Britain vest on the second and concluding day of the European Team Championships in Stockholm yesterday, but also to surge to victory in it. "Ooooooh, I'm so excited," she said in the wake of her 1500m win, bouncing up and down on the steps of the 1912 Olympic Stadium like a West Yorkshire version of Tigger.
My parents were... My mum and my stepdad took me to my cross-country races all the time. They didn't really get involved, they weren't pushy parents, but they were happy to take me.
There are three British athletes occupying pole position in the continental rankings going into the European Indoor Championships next week at the Palais Omnisports in the Bercy district of Paris. Dwain Chambers leads the way in the 60m. Mo Farah does so in the men's 3,000m. And then there's Helen Clitheroe in the women's 3,000m. The remarkable Helen Clitheroe.
Wigan golden girl shrugs off rivals' drug offences to stay on track for 800m glory
Cahal Milmo reports from the east London constituency where Nick Griffin is trying to unseat a Labour minister
Thousands of people will get an exclusive look at the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell announced today.
Holmes welcomes Briton's record-breaking progress in event purged of drug cheats
Britain unearths a gem who can pick its Olympic challenge off the floor but first she must recover from serious injury
It is 100 years since girls stormed a Boy Scout jamboree, demanding to join in. The Guides have come a long way since then, reports Rachel Shields
The queen of British distance running had to fight a succession of personal battles but now the former army instructor helps others to fulfil their potential. Alan Hubbard speaks to Dame Kelly Holmes
Disgraced banking chief on guest list as PM's hospitality bill soared to £136,000
For Lisa Dobriskey the Beijing Olympics might have been one of those breaking points which so regularly invite a young athlete to step back from the challenge that has consumed so much of their lives. She had had the opportunity to reach out for the kind of achievement that made Kelly Holmes a Dame and Rebecca Adlington the instant darling of the British sports public.
The contenders for the 2008 Sports Personality of the Year award are listed below. Click on their names to re-live their defining moments.
After her triumphs of Olympics past, Dame Kelly Holmes is helping a new generation of athletes reach the top, she tells Mike Rowbottom
'I'd like the country to feel more united'