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SBD Global/March 1, 2013/People and Pop Culture

Jessica Ennis, Other Olympic Athletes Honored By The Queen At Buckingham Palace

Gold Medal-winning heptathlete Jessica Ennis after receiving her Commander of the British Empire (CBE) medal.
London Games Gold Medalist JESSICA ENNIS "has been appointed CBE at Buckingham Palace," while Team GB cycling Performance Dir DAVE BRAILSFORD "has been knighted," according to the BBC. Heptathlon winner Ennis said the QUEEN had told her "the summer was amazing" and asked how her training was going. Other Olympians honored included cyclist JASON KENNY (OBE) as well as long jumper GREG RUTHERFORD, boxer NICOLA ADAMS and cyclist JOANNA ROSWELL, who were all appointed MBE. Ennis, 27, said afterwards she was "feeling very excited, though it was nerve-wracking before -- it's incredible to receive this." Brailsford, 48, masterminded British dominance in cycling at the Olympics and Paralympics and, as Team Sky GM, helped BRADLEY WIGGINS -- also knighted in the New Year Honours list -- to win the Tour de France. He said: "It means so much and is such a humbling experience. I'm very proud" (BBC, 2/28).
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