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July 11, 2011 10:25 ET

Going for Gold-It's All in the Name! Say Thomas Cook

Witness Your Namesake Striking Gold-London 2012 Ticket and Accommodation Packages Available from Thomas Cook

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - July 11, 2011) - It has long been accepted that the first name given to a new baby can have a lasting impact on their future prospects. But new research conducted by Thomas Cook, the travel experts who offer affordable all inclusive holidays worldwide, has revealed if you want to make the grade when it comes to the upcoming London 2012 Games, you stand a far better chance if you're called John or Katherine.

The review by Thomas Cook, Official Short Break Provider of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, found that of all the British Olympic individual medal winners in the last century there are definite trends when it comes to the names of the country's top athletes*.

And boding well for the London 2012 Games, British hopefuls such as diving sensation Tom Daley, cyclist Chris Hoy, triathlete Jonathon Brownlee, rower Katherine Grainger, long distance runner Helen Clitheroe, and Mary King for equestrian eventing are all in good company as their names make the top ten!

Top performing Olympic boys' names:
1 - John/Jonathan/Jonny
2 - William
3 - David
4 - Tom/Thomas/Tommy
5 - Robert
5 - Richard
7 - Charles
8 - James/Jamie
9 - Chris/Kriss
9 - Steve/Stephen
Top performing Olympic girls' names:
1 - Katherine/Kate/Cath
2 - Mary
2 - Helen
2 - Ann/Anne
5 - Sarah
5 - Dorothy
7 - Wendy
7 - Sharon/Sharron
7 - Joanne
7 - Margaret

Stephen Vaughan, managing director of Thomas Cook UK & Ireland said: "With over 1,070 medals won by individual Brits since the games in 1912, we felt there had to be some trends and there were definite names which were repeated time after time. Thankfully they are names which can be seen in our current list of Olympic hopefuls – so it bodes well as a sign of great medal potential at the London 2012 Games. But athletes with more unusual names need not be concerned – there have been plenty of one-off successes – from Linford and Oswald, to Cecil and Leonard!"

For those hoping to see Britain's top athletes in action next summer – whether it's Tom Daley or Rebecca Adlington –Thomas Cook's network of over 800 stores is the only place on the High Street to guarantee UK residents a place at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012. Its short breaks include accommodation and tickets to a full range of events from The Opening Ceremony, to regional football heats, cycling and swimming.

*Lists calculated based on British individuals with a certain name winning a bronze, silver or gold medal in Olympic Games from 1912 to 2008. Multiple medal wins were not counted.

About Thomas Cook UK & Ireland:

Thomas Cook UK & Ireland is the second largest leisure travel group in the UK with around 19,000 employees offering holidays worldwide to destinations such as Cyprus and Egypt. The company has a network of more than 800 high street stores, leading websites, and some of the world's favourite travel brands.

Thomas Cook is an Official Supporter of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and the exclusive partner in the UK for short breaks and trips to the London 2012 Games.

Thomas Cook UK & Ireland is part of Thomas Cook Group plc. For more information please visit

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