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Wednesday 5 September 2012

The Royal Parks is proud to have hosted 19 days of phenomenal Olympic and Paralympic competition in London's oldest Royal Park, Greenwich Park which saw British Athletes win 17 medals including eight gold medals.

Olympic Dressage, Show Jumping, Eventing competitions and elements of the Modern Pentathlon and the Paralympic Equestrian events were all held in Greenwich Park.

The park, which dates back to 1433, welcomed the Olympic Torch Relay in July - the very first London destination to feature en-route to the Olympic Park. This marked the start of an unforgettable summer of sport and the re-making of Greenwich Park as one of the iconic venues of the London 2012 Games.

Greenwich Park

  • Hosted the largest temporary arena outside the Olympic Park
  • Horses literally jumped from east to west over the Prime Meridian Line in the Show Jumping and Eventing competitions
  • Team GB performed better than ever before in the Equestrian events winning five medals including three gold in the Individual and Team Dressage and Team Show Jumping Events
  • Team GB maintained their record of a medal in every Women's Modern Pentathlon event since the inclusion in the Olympic Games with a silver medal.
  • ParalympicsGB achieved outstanding results topping the medal table, retaining the Team gold medal and winning 10 other medals including five gold and a place on every single podium
  • Spectators totalled around 370,000. Around 20,000 spectators a day witnessed the thrilling competitions, with 50,000 in the park for Cross Country day.
  • 337 athletes took part - all delighted to be so close to the Olympic Village for the first time in years
  • Over 300 world class horses accommodated in magnificent temporary stables

As the applause rang out for the final time at the Equestrian arena with the crowd celebrating ParalympicsGB's Team gold medal, Linda Lennon CBE, The Royal Park's Chief Executive, said;

"We are thrilled to have hosted these events, the location and history of Greenwich Park, combined with the Olympic and Paralympic sporting events and incredible performances from British athletes created a magical atmosphere.

"Greenwich Park is going to be remembered as one as the most stunning venues of the Games and we hope that these events will inspire people to visit this beautiful green space in the future.

"The priority for The Royal Parks now is to restore Greenwich Park work on this began in early August. With the final temporary structures removed from the park by the end of November, I am confident that the park will be fully returned to its former glory."

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Notes

Team GB Medal Winners in Greenwich Park

Gold

Individual Dressage - Charlotte Dujardin

Team GB Dressage - Laura Bechtolsheimer, Carl Hesler, Charlotte Dujardin

Team GB Show Jumping - Nick Skelton, Ben Maher, Scott Brash, Peter Charles

Silver

Team Eventing - Mary King, Zara Phillips, William Fox-Pitt, Tina Cook, Nicola Wilson

Bronze

Individual Dressage - Laura Bechtolsheimer

Modern Pentathlon - Samantha Murray

ParalympicGB Medal Winners in Greenwich Park

Gold

Grade Ia Individual Championship Test & Individual Freestyle - Sophie Christiansen

Grade II Individual Championship Test & Individual Freestyle - Natasha Baker

Team Championship - Sophie Wells, Lee Pearson, Deborah Criddle, Sophie Christiansen

Silver

Grade Ib Individual Championship Test - Lee Pearson

Grade III Individual Championship & Individual Freestyle - Deborah Criddle

Grade IV Individual Championship Test & Individual Freestyle - Sophie Wells

Bronze

Grade Ib Individual Freestyle - Lee Pearson

For information about the reinstatement of Greenwich Park please visit royalparks.org.uk/london-2012/greenwich-park

About The Royal Parks and the 2012 Olympic Games

The Royal Parks, which manages eight Royal Parks including Greenwich Park, has played a central role in helping to deliver a successful London 2012 Games. By the time the final medal is decided on The Mall in St James’s Park on 9 September, eleven Olympic and Paralympic events will have taken place across six Royal Parks.

Almost 40 million Londoners and tourists visit the eight Royal Parks each year. The 5,000 acres of historic parkland provide unparalleled opportunities for enjoyment, exploration and healthy living in the heart of London. The Royal Parks are: Bushy Park, The Green Park, Greenwich Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, The Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill, Richmond Park and St James's Park. For further information please visit: www.royalparks.org.uk or sign up at www.facebook.com/TheRoyalParksLondon.

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