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Weird and wonderful offers flood in for Olympic stars

Weird and wonderful offers flood in for Olympic stars


The title of Olympic Champion is the greatest honour an athlete can be awarded, however it is not uncommon for gold medallists to receive further recognition of their achievement beyond the Games.

Long-jump Olympic Champion Greg Rutherford was bemused to hear that he may receive “Freedom of the borough” from his hometown of Milton Keynes, England.

Milton Keynes, a new town built after the Second World War, is best known for its concrete cow sculptures.

Curious about the traditional British honour, Rutherford joked: “Seems like I can drive sheep/cattle [in the city centre]? I don't own any sheep/cattle so I'll try and push the concrete cows! :P

Rutherford will also have a post box painted gold in his honour by the Royal Mail. All British Olympic Champions will be celebrated with their own commemorative stamp – first class, of course.

Sir Chris Hoy received a knighthood from the Queen in 2009 for winning three cycling gold medals in Beijing and, having won two golds on the track this time round, he is proud of his golden post box in Edinburgh, Scotland. He tweeted: “can’t wait to get home and see it!

 Meanwhile, Usain Bolt received a more dubious offer from Premier League footballer Rio Ferdinand, who tweeted: “if you want that trial at Man Utd shout me, I'll speak to the boss!!

After the Olympics we work on that...” Bolt joked.

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