One of Britain’s most successful sportswomen, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill DBE was undoubtedly one of the stars of the London 2012 Olympics. The ‘poster girl’ for the games, Jessica demonstrated the determination, competitiveness and sporting behaviour with which the games is synonymous.
Having been rated as a favourite for gold in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Jessica suffered a career-threatening injury that meant she missed out on the competition. Devastated, she vowed to make a full recovery and earn back her place on the international stage. The following year she won gold at the World Championships in Berlin and entered the 2012 games as one of the favourites to win. Jessica started the 2012 games leading from the front, winning the 100m hurdles and high jump events.
Having further extended her lead during the second day of competition, the stage was set for a triumphant win on Saturday evening. Leading the table by 200 points, a place in the first three in the final event, the 800m should have seen her win gold. In front of a capacity home crowd in the Olympic stadium and millions watching at home, Jess stormed home in first place winning one of the most memorable gold’s of the Olympics and providing one of the highlights of the London games.
Jess continued her success in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, winning the silver medal for the 200m Women’s Heptathlon, coming in second place to GB’s own Katarina Johnson-Thompson. She became a Dame in December 2016.
Hugely popular, Jessica offers audiences around the world, an up close and personal insight into the London 2012. Perfect for a compere-led chat with Q&A from the audience, Jessica is also available for awards hosting and personal appearances.