In recognition of their outstanding performances and personal achievements in the summer, Britain's Athens gold medallists, and 'Team Volvo for Life' sailors, Shirley Robertson and Ben Ainslie have been presented with a Volvo each.
Volvo Car UK set Ben and Shirley the added challenge of winning a new car of their choice from the range if they achieved top honours of gold medals (again) in Athens - and they achieved these goals in true winning style.
The award-winning XC90 was the natural choice for Shirley, as she had already put one to the test, fully laden and towing a boat across the Continent with her team during their training campaign; Meanwhile, Ben chose the sleek, high-performance, 300bhp S60 R with Volvo's active Four-C chassis.
"Volvo is proud to have been able to support these exceptional athletes in their bids to achieve their ultimate goals," says John Lefley, Volvo’s director of PR and Events.
"After Sydney, Ben and Shirley were both struggling to secure sponsorship for their Athens campaigns, even though both achieved their personal goals of gold medals in 2000. Volvo was quick to see their potential, and to realise that their passion, performance and inspirational aims and goals fitted perfectly with those of Volvo."
Shirley Robertson said: "Volvo has been much more than a sponsor; it’s all about team work and that team spreads much further than us who sailed the boat. Volvo was most definitely part of our gold medal winning team."Countdown to the next Volvo Ocean Race, 2005-2006
The countdown to the start of the next round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race in November 2005 has begun.
This testing and gruelling challenge, formerly known as the Whitbread Round The World Race, sets off across the high seas from Vigo in Spain on 12 November 2005 for the first leg heading to Cape Town, then on to Melbourne in Australia, Wellington in New Zealand, Brazil's Rio de Janeiro, Baltimore/Annapolis and New York on the USA's east coast, before crossing the Atlantic to the UK, then Sweden and a (yet to be announced) Baltic finish port.
Full details of the Volvo Ocean Race and teams competing will unfold as the countdown progresses at www.volvooceanrace.org
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