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Sculpture marks sporting talent
Olympic skiers Ingrid Grant and Noel Baxter with monument. Picture by Brian Ashman
Ingrid Grant, Noel Baxter and the artwork. Image by Brian Ashman
A 36,000 bronze monument to Badenoch and Strathspey's Olympians has been unveiled by Sebastian Coe in Aviemore.

The area has produced more Olympic athletes per head of population than anywhere else in the UK.

Fourteen Olympic athletes have come from the area, which has a population of 13,500.

Strathspey and Badenoch also intends to register its bid to be considered as a potential training camp for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Former athlete and Olympic organising committee chairman Lord Coe unveiled the sculpture - inscribed with the 14 names - on Tuesday.

There is also space for future Olympians to be added.

The 14 are: Ian Finlayson (skiing); Peter Fuchs (skiing); Roddy Langmuir (skiing); Sean Langmuir (skiing); Ewan MacKenzie (Nordic skiing); Louise MacKenzie (Nordic skiing); Ingrid Grant (skiing); Alain Baxter (skiing); Andrew Freshwater (skiing); Douglas Dryburgh (curling); James Dryburgh (curling); Craig MacLean (cycling); Noel Baxter (skiing) and Lesley McKenna (snowboarding).

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