Jessica Varnish

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Jessica Varnish
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Personal information
Full name Jessica Varnish
Nickname Jess
Born (1990-11-19) 19 November 1990 (age 23)
Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England, UK
Height 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m)[1]
Weight 67 kilograms (10.6 st; 148 lb)[1]
Team information
Discipline Track
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter
Amateur team(s)
2006 Halesowen AC&C
Infobox last updated on
26 February 2014

Jessica "Jess" Varnish (born 19 November 1990) is a British track cyclist. Varnish is part of the reigning world record holding European team sprint champions and is a bronze medalist at the World Championships for the 500 metres.

Biography[edit]

Jessica Varnish was born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire on 19 November 1990, the daughter of James "Jim" Varnish, a keen cyclist. She attended South Bromsgrove High School.[2]

At the age of 14, Varnish competed unofficially at the 2006 Junior World Championships in Belgium. She took a second off the British 500m standing start record, setting a new time of 37.1 seconds.[3]

She made her first appearance in GB kit at the Austrian Junior International in January 2006. She became a member of British Cycling's Olympic Development Programme whilst still a junior.[4] Being just 17 at the time, Varnish was selected for the programme a year ahead of the rest of her age group, demonstrating British Cycling's belief in her potential.

Her first performance at senior level was in the 2008 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester.[5]

In March 2009, Varnish was awarded the "junior female sports personality of the year" trophy at the Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Awards.[6]

Virgin Trains Pendolino 390027 was named after her on 29 June 2011.[7]

On 18 February, Varnish competed at the 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Cup in the new Olympic Velodrome. Along with her team-mate Victoria Pendleton, they broke the world record of the women's team sprint taking gold.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Varnish and Pendleton broke the world record in the qualifying stages of the team sprint before being relegated in the semi-finals.[8]

Palmarès[edit]

Track[edit]

2005
1st United Kingdom sprint, British National Track Championships – U16
2nd 500m TT, British National Track Championships – U16
2nd scratch race, British National Track Championships – U16
2006
1st United Kingdom sprint, British National Track Championships – U16
2nd 500m TT, British National Track Championships – U16
2nd scratch race, British National Track Championships – U16
2007
1st European Union keirin, 2007 European Track Championships – Junior
2nd 500m TT, 2007 European Track Championships – Junior
2nd sprint, UCI Junior Track World Championships
1st United Kingdom sprint, British National Track Championships – Junior
2nd 500m TT, British National Track Championships – Junior
3rd 500m TT, British National Track Championships – Senior
3rd sprint, British National Track Championships – Senior
2008
1st European Union keirin, 2008 European Track Championships – Junior
1st European Union 500m TT, 2008 European Track Championships – Junior
3rd sprint, 2008 European Track Championships – Junior
1st United Kingdom 500m TT, British National Track Championships – Junior
1st United Kingdom sprint, British National Track Championships – Junior
2nd British National Team Sprint Championships (with Helen Scott)
3rd keirin, British National Track Championships – Senior
1st team sprint, round 1, 2008–2009 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics, Manchester (with Anna Blyth)
2011
1st European Union team sprint, 2011 European Track Championships (with Victoria Pendleton)
1st European Union 500m TT, 2011 European Track Championships – U23
1st European Union team sprint, 2011 European Track Championships – U23 (with Becky James)
3rd sprint, 2011 European Track Championships – U23
1st United Kingdom 500m TT, 2011 British National Track Championships – Senior
2012
1st team sprint, round 4, 2011–2012 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics, London (with Victoria Pendleton)
1st team sprint, round 1, 2011–2012 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics, Cali (with Becky James)
3rd sprint, round 1, 2011–2012 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics, Cali
1st team sprint, round 2, 2011–2012 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics, Glasgow (with Becky James)
2nd sprint, round 2, 2011–2012 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics, Glasgow
2013
1st United Kingdom 500m TT, British National Track Championships
1st United Kingdom Team Sprint, British National Track Championships
3rd European Union Sprint, 2013 European Track Championships
3rd European Union team sprint, 2013 European Track Championships (with Becky James)
2014
UCI Track World Championships
3rd Team sprint (with Becky James)[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jess Varnish". You Go 4 It. Nottingham City Council. 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-26. 
  2. ^ "Jess Varnish : Focused on a Golden Future". Velodrome.org.uk. 2006/2007. 
  3. ^ "Varnish shows her extra class". Worcester News. 28 June 2006. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  4. ^ "Jessica Varnish Bio". British Cycling. Retrieved 2008-09-10. [dead link]
  5. ^ Andrew Canning (6 January 2009). "Jessica Varnish: Rider Profile". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  6. ^ "Jess shines once more at awards". Droitwich Spa Advertiser. 12 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  7. ^ cyclist is latest athlete to name a virgin pendolino train
  8. ^ Jessica Varnish: I will never watch nightmare moment when my London Olympic dream was shattered. www.telegraph.co.uk. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  9. ^ "Track Cycling Worlds 2014: GB women win bronze as men toil". bbc.co.uk. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 

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