Former Olympians to mentor British athletes

More than two dozen of Britain’s most successful Olympians will

serve as mentors for the country’s athletes preparing for the 2012

London Games.

Five-time rowing gold medalist Steve Redgrave, two-time middle

distance champion Kelly Holmes and boxing silver medalist Amir Khan

are among the 27 ”ambassadors” who will support athletes and

their families and hold workshops before next year’s games.

The 27 mentors have won 51 medals in total.

Holmes, who won gold in the 800 and 1,500 meters in Athens in

2004, says ”what we can bring is our experience in how we dealt

with the pressures of competing in the Olympics.”

BOA chairman Colin Moynihan said Monday the ambassadors ”will

create an important connection between our Olympic heroes of

yesterday with the stars of today and tomorrow.”