Jessica Ennis-Hill has announced her retirement after winning silver in the heptathlon at the Rio Olympics in the summer.
She took also gold at London 2012 and here is a look at the top five British athletes.
With two Olympic gold medals, three Commonwealth Games titles, two World Championships and one European Championship title to his name, Thompson is considered one of the greatest athletes ever.
He won the 1980 Olympic decathlon in Moscow and then defended his title in Los Angeles four years later during a period of dominance where he also set the world record for the discipline four times. He retired in 1992 and went on to play football for Mansfield and Stevenage.
SIR STEVE REDGRAVE
The 54-year-old won five Olympic rowing titles between 1984 and 2000 and is the fourth most decorated British Olympian after Sir Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny and Sir Bradley Wiggins.
Nine world titles and three Commonwealth Games crowns also sets him apart and he enjoyed his best relationship with Matthew Pinsent, winning seven world titles and three Olympic golds in the pairs and fours, and was awarded a knighthood in 2001.
SIR CHRIS HOY
Hoy helped British Cycling transform into the powerhouse they have become and won his first Olympic gold in 2004 having already claimed three world titles and a Commonwealth Games crown in the one-kilometre time trial.
He retired in 2013 with six Olympic gold medals and one silver and in 2008 in Manchester he became the first British man to win the sprint title at the World Championships in 52 years. Later that year in Beijing he was the first British Olympian for 100 years to claim three golds in one Games.
DAME SARAH STOREY
Storey has medals from the pool and the velodrome after becoming the most decorated British female Paralympian of the modern era following her individual pursuit, time trial and road race golds in Rio this summer.
Storey initially started as a swimmer and won five golds before switching to the bike in 2005 and won her first title in Beijing while also claiming 22 gold medals at both the track and road World Championships.
The poster girl for London 2012 won the heptathlon on Super Saturday to write her name into British Olympic folklore. While she failed to defend her title in Rio this summer, finishing second, Ennis-Hill was one of the leading lights in a new generation of athletes.
She came back from serious Achilles injury which forced her to miss the 2016 indoor season to reach the podium in Brazil while also claiming two World Championship titles, a World Indoor pentathlon crown, a European Championship gold and a Commonwealth Games bronze medal.