Brownlees touched by support

18 August 2012 / 10:51

The Brownlee brothers have revealed the wide-ranging perks of life as Olympic medallists - from city-centre receptions to receiving a pensioner's money through the post.

The Leeds-based pair became the first British siblings to stand on the same Olympic podium in more than a century when Alistair won the triathlon ahead of younger brother Jonny in third. In the 11 days since they have been blown away by well-wishers from across the country.

Thousands of fans turned up to welcome them home at a parade at Millennium Square in Leeds on Monday while they have been regularly been stopped on their return to training on the streets of their local town.

But it was a letter from an old-age pensioner that Alistair admits has touched him the most.

"Everyone has been great and really friendly," he said. "People have been stopping us when we go out training and congratulating us and telling us how proud they were of us. It is really nice - it makes you feel great.

"The best message that we've had though was actually an 89-year-old man who sent us a letter in the post. He wrote that he had watched us and that it was one of the best things he had ever seen in his life.

"He also included a tenner for both of us and said that he wasn't putting his name or address on it so that we couldn't send it back.

"I don't know what I'm going to do with it yet. I've been so busy with media and everything else since that I haven't had a chance to do anything with it. I've had that in one pocket and my gold medal in the other.

"I actually haven't even got a spot for my gold medal yet. It's just been in my pocket."

Both brothers have had little time to dwell on their Olympic success with Alistair due to fly to America for a triathlon next month while Jonny will compete in Stockholm next week.