08/07/2012 10:15 am ET

Philanthropists Supporting Athletes Revel In The Performances Of Britain's Stars Of The Games

With her joint swelling to twice its normal size, doctors told her that the only hope she had of making it to the London Games lay in a new bit of medical wizardry, a machine which would keep the damaged knee chilled for 24 hours a day. The trouble was such equipment would cost her more than £3,500 to hire – the kind of cash a gymnast does not keep under her mattress.

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