Sarah Storey is a British road and track racing cyclist and former swimmer.
She is a multiple gold medal winner at the Paralympic Games in both sports, and three times British national track champion. Her total of fourteen gold medals makes her the most successful female British Paralympian of all time.
Storey’s major achievements also include being a 27-time World champion, a 21-time European champion and holding 72 world records.
At the 2008 Paralympic Games, her fifth, Storey won the individual pursuit – in a time that would have been in the top eight at the Olympic final – and the road time trial.
Storey also competes against non-disabled athletes and won the 3 km national track pursuit championship in 2008, eight days after taking the Paralympic title, and defended her title in 2009. In 2014 she added a third national track title with a win in the points race.
Storey qualified to join the England team for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, where she was “the first disabled cyclist to compete for England at the Commonwealth Games”, against non-disabled cyclists. She was also the second Paralympic athlete overall competing for England at the Games, following archer Danielle Brown earlier in Delhi.
In 2011, Storey competed for one of the three places in the GB squad for the women’s team pursuit at the 2012 Olympic Games. Although she was in the winning team for the World Cup event in Cali, Colombia in December 2011, she was informed afterwards that she was being dropped from the team pursuit squad.
London’s 2012 Paralympics Games saw Storey win Britain’s first gold medal, in the women’s individual C5 pursuit. She went on to win three more gold medals, one in the Time Trial C4–5 500m, one in the Individual Road Time Trial C5 and finally one in the Individual Road Race C4–5.
In 2014, Storey and her husband Barney Storey founded the Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International women’s amateur cycling team, supporting the charity Boot Out Breast Cancer. The team fielded squads in the 2014 and 2015 British road race seasons.
Storey attempted to break the world hour record at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London on 28 February 2015. She set a distance of 45.502 km, which was 563m short of Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel’s 2003 overall world record – however Storey’s distance did set a new world record in the C5 Paralympic cycling class as well as a new British record.
In the Rio 2016 Paralympics Storey became Britain’s most successful female Paralympian when she won the C5 3000m individual pursuit final.
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