26 October 1977
Great Britain

LATEST TRIUMPHS:
2015 Track World Championships – Gold: 3km pursuit and 500m time trial
2015 Road World Championships – Gold: time trial and road race
2012 Track World Championships – Gold: Individual pursuit C5, individual time trial C5
2011 Track World Championships – Gold: Individual pursuit LC 1–2/CP 4, individual time trial LC 1–2/CP 4
Beijing 2008 Paralympics – Gold: Individual pursuit LC 1–2/CP 4, individual time trial LC 1–2/CP 4
Sarah Storey- Paralympic Athlete
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After winning four titles at London 2012, Storey is one of Great Britain’s most successful ever Paralympians having won 22 medals, including 11 gold. She will be looking to win even more at Rio 2016and few would doubt her considering her dominance of the C5 class in recent years.

Born with a congenital abnormality of the left hand, Storey competed at Beijing and London in cycling – winning six gold medals across the two Games.

At London 2012, she was in outstanding form winning two track and two road Paralympic golds. She is now level with wheelchair racer Tanni Grey-Thompson and swimmer Dave Roberts on 11 golds for Great Britain. For her achievements at London 2012 she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours.

In Beijing in 2008, so impressive was her time in the individual pursuit final that it would have secured her a top-eight finish in the Olympic finals.

Since 2012, Storey has topped the UCI world rankings each year for track cycling and has also impressed in road cycling events.

In 2015 she won four world titles to bring her overall career tally to 17. In March she won rainbow jerseys with victories in the 3km pursuit and 500m time trial events at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in the Netherlands. Four months later she was equally as dominant on the road, winning time trial and road race gold at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland.

Rio 2016 will be Storey’s seventh Paralympic Games, having originally started out as a swimmer, making her debut aged 14 atBarcelona 1992.

She won five medals, including two golds, in the Barcelona pool, and then another five at Atlanta 1996 – three of which were gold. Her success in the pool continued with two silvers at Sydney 2000 and two silvers and a bronze at Athens 2004.

After suffering from a serious ear infection in 2005 that kept her out of the pool for several months, the Manchester native began to cycle to keep fit. She immediately fell in love with it, and a few months later decided to dedicate herself to the bike for good.

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