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  GB stars to watch out for in Athens 2004
Updated 19 February 2004, 15.14
Nicole Cooke is a top hope to win medals at the Olympics
Nicole Cooke
Cyclist Nicole Cooke is one of Great Britain's top hopes for gold in Athens after winning the road race World Cup aged 20 and going on to win bronze at the World Championships.

She also won the British Women's Road Race Championship for the fourth time in five years and was voted the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year.

She chose not to compete in the World Cup in 2004 to focus on the Olympics, where she will riding in the road race and time trial.

Ben Ainslie
Athens will be a third Olympics for sailor Ben Ainslie, and having won gold in Sydney and silver four years earlier, is tipped for gold again.

Since the last Games Ben has swapped the Laser class event for the Finn, but with no change in his winning ways.

He is already a two-time European and world champion in the new event, and will head a very strong British sailing squad in Athens.

Paula Radcliffe is a top tip to win an athletics medal
Paula Radcliffe is a top tip to win an athletics medal
Paula Radcliffe
Not much is expected of the British athletes at the Games, apart from long distance superstar Paula Radcliffe.

The women's marathon world record holder has yet to announce whether she'll be running the marathon or the 10,000m but she's a hot tip for either.

Paula has been very unlucky at major championships before, often finishing fourth, but many experts think this could finally be her year.

Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell
Matthew Pinsent has already won three Olympic gold medals as part of the British rowing team with legend Sir Steve Redgrave.

James Cracknell was in that four-man crew with Pinsent in 2000, and the pair have rowed as a pair together since, forming an excellent partnership.

They are going to row as a four in the 2004 Olympics too, and will be very strong contenders to win more gold for Britain.

Georgina Harland is a world champion already
Georgina Harland is a world champion already
Georgina Harland
Having won gold in the women's modern pentathlon in Sydney, Great Britain is tipped to do so again in Athens - but with a different gold medallist.

Georgina Harland is hoping to follow in the path of Stephanie Cook and stand on top of the podium after the event.

She was the world champion in both 2001 and 2003 so has an excellent chance of bringing a gold medal home to Britain.

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