But it takes more than that to make a medallist. Here, in numbers, are some of the ways your money boosted Team GB's London 2012 medal haul and continues to enhance UK athletes' podium potential....
3: The average athlete consumes the equivalent of three Christmas dinners every day. To make sure they eat the right kind of calories, a team of nutritionists is funded by the National Lottery.
6: Canoeist Ed McKeever lifts the equivalent of six blue whales every month. National Lottery-funded coaches help him take the strain.
100: Tyres used by the GB Wheelchair Basketball team each year, the cost of which is covered by the National Lottery.
103: Sports science and medical staff funded by the National Lottery to supported Team GB during Games Time. This included psychologists, performance analysts, nutritionists, physiotherapists and doctors.
1200: Elite athletes funded by the National Lottery
6000: New National Lottery funded sports facilities opened since 1994.
2.2 billion: The amount National Lottery players invested into the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.
All of our funded athletes know how important Lottery players are to their success – see 2012’s Olympians and Paralympians say thank you in person on our Thank You Wall, or carry on reading to hear what some heroes of London 2012 have to say about the money you raise:
Dave Brailsford, Performance Director, British Cycling
"Little of what we have achieved at British Cycling would have been possible without the help of the Lottery-playing public. The British cyclists who have won medals over the past 14 years have earned their success with hard work, dedication and some heartache. But all of them have been supported by Lottery funding. The simple act of buying a Lottery ticket has transformed sport in this country.”
Tom Daley, diver and bronze-medal winner at London 2012
“Without the support of National Lottery players I wouldn’t have my London 2012 medal – so thank you very much.”
Sir Chris Hoy, six-times Olympic champion in track cycling
“Thank you so much for all the support you have given me and to British cycling over the years, it’s been crucial to our success this support. It’s been great for the facilities, the team, and my personal allowance which allowed me to train full-time since leaving university. For all these reasons, the medals that I have and the rest of the team have are in part down to you. So thank very much.”
Katherine Grainger, rower and London 2012 gold medallist
“I really hope that people feel they are a part of our success through buying their Lottery tickets. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that we could not do what we do without the financial backing.”
Beth Tweddle, gymnast and London 2012 bronze medallist
"National Lottery funding made a massive difference, not only to my career but also to British Gymnastics as a whole. It allowed me to focus 100% on training without having to worry about getting a job, my coach was funded by the National Lottery, I could go to any training camp I wanted and I had the best medical support."
The National Lottery invests in athletes and major sporting events through UK Sport - the nation’s high performance sports agency for British Olympic and Paralympic sports.
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