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Dame Sarah Storey



Sarah Storey is a British road and track racing cyclist and former swimmer, multiple gold medal winner at the Paralympic Games in both sports, and three-times British (able-bodied) national track champion.

She is the most decorated female Paralympian in Great Britain’s history, having won 14 gold, eight silver and three bronze medals across an impressive seven Paralympic Games in an international career that has spanned more than 20 years. Sarah’s list of major achievements includes being a 27-time World champion (five in swimming and 22 in cycling), a 21-time European champion (18 in swimming and three in cycling) and holding 72 world records. In London 2012, at the biggest Paralympic Games of all time, Sarah topped the medal table for the British team with four golds from four events including an impressive world record in her first event, the C5 Women’s 3,000m Individual Pursuit. Sarah’s dominance of her C5 class at the London Games put her way above her rivals and further established her as a true heroine of Paralympic sport. In the build-up to her success in London, Sarah rode several professional women’s road races and most notably stood on the podium alongside Marianne Vos, seven days before Vos won the Olympic Games Road Race. Sarah is the most highly ranked Paralympic athlete in world sport and only missed out on selection for the Great Britain Olympic team due to the strength in depth of talent of British cycling.

Following the London Games, Sarah gave birth to her first child and subsequently made an impressive comeback, winning a stage of the Tour de Bretagne, four Para-Cycling World titles, a bronze in the National Time Trial Championships and the able-bodied National Points Race title. She went on to win three golds in Rio.