Edinburgh celebrates Olympic success

Leading sports men and women with strong University links have enjoyed medal success at the Olympics in London.

University Olympians excelled in the pool, on the cycle track, in rowing and judo, helping Team GB to its best performance since 1908.


In this film, rower Katherine Grainger and swimmer Michael Jamieson explain what success means to them.

Chris Hoy

Chris Hoy

Cyclist Sir Chris Hoy MBE won two Olympic golds at London 2012. His first was as part of the GB team that won the Team Pursuit event, his second coming in the Keirin event.

With six Olympic gold medals and one silver medal, Sir Chris is now the most successful British Olympian in history, overtaking rower Sir Steve Redgrave.

He was also the Team GB flagbearer at the opening ceremony.

Sir Chris, who studied Sports Science at Edinburgh, plans to finish his cycling career at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Katherine Grainger

Katherine Grainger

Katherine Grainger and teammate Anna Watkins won gold in the Double Scull final. They previously broke the Olympic record by nearly five seconds in an earlier heat.

Katherine, who started her rowing career while studying law at Edinburgh, is Britain’s most successful Olympic female rower. As well as the 2012 gold, she won Olympic silver medals in 2000, 2004 and 2008 and has been a World Champion six times.

Michael Jamieson

Michael Jamieson

Michael Jamieson secured a silver medal in the 200m Breaststroke, with a time of 2:07:43 seconds - the third-fastest time in history.

Michael had set a new British record of 2:08:20 seconds when he qualified for the final alongside teammate Andrew Willis on Tuesday.

Michael swims jointly for the University Swim Team and Bath. He has been training with Team GB at the University’s Centre for Sport and Exercise and the nearby Royal Commonwealth Pool.

Gemma Gibbons

Gemma Gibbons became Britain's first medalist in Judo in twelve years by winning silver in the 78kg event.

Gemma only moved up to the 78kg category in 2012 and was considered an outside prospect for a medal, but she defeated four fighters ranked above her, including reigning world champion Audrey Tcheuméo in the semi-final.

She is set to begin a PGDE in physical education at the University in September.

Craig Benson

Craig Benson, who will begin studying at Edinburgh this autumn, reached the semi-finals of the 100m Breaststroke.

The 18-year-old, who won three gold medals at the Commonwealth Youth Games, will now turn his attention to the Commonwealth Games in 2014, which will take place in Glasgow.

A winning University

Jim Aitken, Director of Sport and Exercise at the University, said the number of Olympic athletes bore testament to the quality of sports at the University.

Our sports bursaries programme has helped athletes at University level make the next step, up to the Olympics. Edinburgh is very proud of its sporting past and future – it’s a very positive time for us.

Jim AitkenDirector of Sport and Exercise

Michael Jamieson photograph courtesy of British Swimming.