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London 2012 hopefuls and ex medallists glam up for photoshoot

July 1, 2012 - London

Previous Olympic medallists such as sprinter Linford Christie and hurdlers Kriss Akabusi and Sally Gunnell, were joined by some of Britain's greatest London 2012 hopefuls for a glamorous photoshoot in their finery.

Styled by David Hawkins the athletes were photographed in ball gowns and suits by British designers for British Airways' High Life magazine, the Daily Mail reported.

Dressage rider Laura Bechtolscheimer, 27, is widely tipped to win a gold medal this summer.

Aptly, she wore a gold-coloured 1,000-pound skirt suit and matching 550-pound wedges by Mulberry.

The talented rider, who is also the granddaughter of a billionaire German property magnate, said: "If it comes together at the right moment it'll be very special to watch competitors' dreams come true."

She was joined by eventing rider Mary King, 51, who will compete in her sixth Olympics this summer.

The mother-of-two, from Devon, wore a full-length silver 550-pound Amanda Wakeley dress for the shoot.

"I'm very fortunate to have been at five Olympic Games already. It's a real honour to London 2012 taking place in my lifetime," she said.

Bringing a touch of glamour to boxing, Olympic hopeful Natasha Jonas wore a 395-pound Navy Burberry dress and 375-pound black peep-toe by the same designer.

The lightweight boxer said she would be in "floods of tears" if she secured a medal at the Games this summer.

Among the former Olympians was swimmer Sharron Davies, 49, who wore a dramatic floor-length navy blue gown with a huge train from Catherine Walker.

The retired swimmer won silver in the 400m medley at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

Sat somewhat awkwardly on the edge of a bath, she posed with fellow swimmer Duncan Goodhew, who won gold and bronze medals at the same Games.

Javelin medallist Fatima Whitbread, 61, who starred in 'I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here,' also wore a Catherine Walker dress and a large diamond and sapphire necklace from Hancocks.

" London 2012 is important to everyone," she said.

"It is going to be a real boost for the morale of sports people.

"Hopefully Team GB will be able to produce the goods because that's what it's all about," she added.


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