BMW Group is proud to be the Official Automotive Partner of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The company is supplying over 4,000 fuel-efficient vehicles to athletes and officials at the Games, and actively supporting British athletes in the BMW London 2012 Performance Team.
As the world's most sustainable automotive company, BMW is a natural partner as London 2012 works hard to deliver a more sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games. BMW's EfficientDynamics technologies mean that BMW cars are extremely fuel efficient with low CO2 emissions, yet they achieve outstanding performance - just like the athletes who strive for maximum energy efficiency and performance.
The BMW London 2012 Performance Team supports Team GB and Paralympics GB athletes as they prepare for the Games on and off the field. BMW will provide members of the BMW London 2012 Performance Team with a vehicle during the run up to the Games and the event itself. This has been replicated at a local level, with dealers supporting their own local athletes on their journey to London 2012.
The BMW London 2012 Performance Team athletes
Over the months, we'll be following the athletes in the BMW London 2012 Performance Team and keeping you up to date on their progress. In this article, we introduce you to the Performance Team athletes.
Tom Aggar – Rowing
Tom won the Paralympic Men's Single Sculls in Beijing (2008) and his third World gold at the World Rowing Championship 2010 in New Zealand.
Martyn Bernard - High Jump
Bronze medal winner (European Championship Barcelona July 2010) Martyn won his first major medal in 2005 (World University Games) and is now focusing on London 2012.
Jonathan Brownlee – Triathlon
Twenty year-old Jonathan from Dewsbury is the under-23 World Champion (Budapest 2010).
Alistair Brownlee – Triathlon
Alistair is Jonathan's older brother and current European Triathlon Champion. He won his first major title (World Junior Championship) in 2006 and has won major events every year since.
Tom Daley – Diving
Sixteen year-old Tom started diving when he was seven, began competing when he was nine, became World Champion when he was 15 (Rome 2009) and collected two gold medals in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi (2010).
Mark Hunter – Rowing
Thirty-two year-old Olympic gold medial winner says the prestigious Leander Club in Henley gave him the opportunity to row with the best athletes.
Mark Lewis-Francis - 100 metres
Mark won European and Commonwealth silvers in 2010 and is now focusing on staying injury-free as he prepares for London 2012.
Richard Mantell – Hockey
Richard plays a pivotal role for the England and GB team and has been recognised as one of the top players in the world. He has competed in European Cups, World Cups, Commonwealth Games and the Olympic Games.
Simon Mantell – Hockey
After achieving a fifth place finish in Beijing, younger brother Simon played professionally in Holland. Now back in London, he is focusing on preparations for London 2012
Giles Scott – Sailing
Twenty-three year-old Giles is working hard to win a Team GB place. He won the Junior World Championship in 2007 and 2008 and achieved third place in the Finn World Championship in 2010.
Ellie Simmonds – Swimming
Twice gold medalist (Beijing 2008) Ellie has broken numerous world records and is the youngest person ever to receive an MBE. She was inspired to take up competitive swimming by the Athens Paralympics in 2004.
Louis Smith – Gymnastics
Twenty-one year-old Louis is the first Briton to win an Olympic medal in individual gymnastics (Men's Pommel Horse Beijing 2008) since 1908.
Follow all our athletes and their journey to London 2012 at www.bmw.co.uk/london2012.