Massive congratulations to OU student Dani King who has won gold in the women’s cycling team pursuit along with her team mates Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott.
An ecstatic Dani told the BBC, ‘We are like sisters, I couldn’t have done it without them, they were absolutely incredible and I can’t believe we have done it! It’s absolutely amazing!
The trio’s win on Saturday was part of a spectacular gold rush for team GB who won a remarkable six gold medals making it Britain’s greatest Olympics day since 1908. Team GB are currently third in the medals table behind China and the USA.
Gold medallists Dani King and Canoe Slalom champion Etienne Stott are two of a number of OU students currently competing in the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. Also competing are Hockey player Alex Danson, synchronised swimmer Katie Dawkins, badminton player Imogen Bankier, table tennis player Liam Pitchford, water polo player Rosie Morris archery competitor Naomi Folkard and Equestrian dressage Paralympian Debbie Criddle.
A new sport – themed qualification has also launched this year, the BSc (Hons) Sport, Fitness & Coaching, which expands the existing Foundation Degree in Sport & Fitness to full honours. Find out more here: http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/qualification/q76.htm
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