Laura Kenny

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Laura Kenny
CBE
2015 UEC Track Elite European Championships 118.JPG
Personal information
Born (1992-04-24) 24 April 1992 (age 25)
Harlow, Essex, England[1]
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)[2]
Weight 52 kg (115 lb; 8.2 st)[2]
Team information
Current team Matrix Fitness Pro Cycling
Discipline Track and road
Rider type Sprinter (road) / Endurance (track)
Professional team(s)
2012 Team Ibis Cycles
2013–2014 Wiggle–Honda
2015– Matrix Fitness Pro Cycling

Laura Rebecca Kenny,[3] CBE (née Trott; born 24 April 1992) is a British[4][5][6] track and road cyclist who specialises in the team pursuit, omnium and scratch race disciplines.

With four Olympic gold medals, having won both the team pursuit and the omnium at both the 2012 and 2016 games, Kenny is both the most successful female track cyclist in Olympic history (behind only Dutch track and road legend Leontien van Moorsel among all female cyclists), and Great Britain's most successful Olympic female competitor in any sport.

Since first appearing at the European Track Championships in 2010,[7] she has won seven World Championship, a record ten European Championship and one Commonwealth Games titles, as part of a total of 29 medals. On the road, Kenny won the British National Road Race Championships in 2014, taking the under-23 title in the same race, and has ridden for the Matrix Fitness Pro Cycling team since 2015.

Early life[edit]

Laura Trott was born a month prematurely in Harlow in Essex[1] with a collapsed lung and was later diagnosed with asthma. She was advised by doctors to take up sport in order to regulate her breathing. She enjoyed and competed in trampolining but had to give up due to respiratory problems.[8][9] She grew up in Cheshunt in Hertfordshire, where she attended Turnford School.[1][10][11] Her older sister Emma Trott is a former road racing cyclist.[12]

Together with her sister, she began cycling when her mother did so to lose weight.[13]

Career[edit]

She won two junior titles at both the 2009 and 2010 British National Track Championships,[14] and placed third in the individual pursuit at the latter[14] to win a place in the 2010 European Track Championships team pursuit squad aged just 18.[7] After winning gold at the Euros, she went on to take her first world title at the 2011 championships, again as part of the team pursuit squad.[7] In the run-up to the 2012 Olympics she won a further two World and two European golds, in both the team pursuit and the ominum,[15] before securing her place in the Great Britain team as those events made their Olympic debut.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Trott won a gold medal in the team pursuit with Dani King and Joanna Rowsell.[16] The team set a world record time of 3:14.051 in this event.[17] Including pre-Olympics races and the Olympics final itself, in the six times they had ridden together they had broken the world record in every race.[16] She also won gold in the omnium, two days after winning gold in the team pursuit.[18][19][20]

For the 2012 road season, Trott joined Team Ibis Cycles,[21] though she competed in only five races.[22] 2013 saw her increase her road racing commitments with new team Wiggle Honda.[23] Her best result was a second place at the British National Road Race Championships, bringing her the under 23 title,[24] though her road racing was intended to function in service of her track preparation, rather than replacing it.[25] Trott took further World and European team pursuit gold medals at the 2013 and 2014 championships, as well as European ominium title and World ominium silver in both those years.[26] After making the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow her focus for this period,[25] she entered the games with a kidney infection and finished well down the field in the scratch race and individual pursuit.[27] Recovering as the Games progressed, she won a gold medal for England, in the points race.[28] On the road she went one better at the national road championships, winning the title for her first senior road race win.[29]

In February 2015, Trott failed to win a title at the World Championships for the first time in her career, finishing second in both the team pursuit and ominium.[30] The result was part of a poor Championships for Britain, with the team finishing without a gold for the first time since 2001.[31] Trott moved to the new Matrix Fitness Vulpine team for 2015 as a lead rider,[32] moving to the team in order to better combine her road and track cycling ambitions.[31] After a road season in which her best result was 3rd in National Championships, Trott returned won three gold medals at the 2015 European Championships, in the team pursuit, scratch race and omnium.[33] She followed this with gold medals in the scratch race and omnium at the 2016 World Championships in London, as well as a bronze in the team pursuit.[34]

Kenny (second from right) after she won the team pursuit gold at the 2016 Olympics

At the 2016 Olympics Trott was a favourite for the omnium, and with hopes of a medal in the team pursuit.[35] In the team pursuit, Great Britain took gold setting world records in the qualification and final of the tournament, defeating the American world champions in the final. This made Trott the first British woman to win three golds,[5][36] though this achievement was matched by Charlotte Dujardin the next day.[37] In the Ominium, Trott dominated from the start and finished in the top two in five of the six events, to take a comfortable gold medal and once again become Britain's most successful female Olympian.[38][39] Following the end of the track cycling competition at the games, Trott and her fiance Jason Kenny were lauded in the British press as a 'golden couple', having won five gold medals between them in 2016, to reach a total of ten as a couple.[40][41][42]

Personal life[edit]

Trott married track cyclist Jason Kenny at a private ceremony on 24 September 2016.[43] As of 2016, the couple live near Knutsford in Cheshire.[44] On 14 February 2017, it was announced that the couple were expecting their first child.[45]

Laura Kenny's parents are Glenda and Adrian Trott, who live in Cheshunt, and she has an older sister Emma, who lives in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Honours and awards[edit]

Trott was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to cycling[46][47] and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours, also for services to cycling.[48] Both Laura and Jason Kenny received their CBEs on Tuesday 25 April 2017 at a Investiture in Buckingham Palace.[49] She also received an Honorary Degree from the University of Essex in 2013.[50]

In 2014, the former Grundy Park Leisure Centre in Cheshunt was renamed The Laura Trott Leisure Centre in her honour following a £4 million redevelopment. Trott attended the launch ahead of competing in stage four of the first Women's Tour from Cheshunt to Welwyn Garden City.[51]

On 8 December 2016 it was announced on TalkSport radio in the UK that Trott (Named as Mrs Kenny by the show, her married name) had been awarded "Female Sports Personality Of The Year" by the Sunday Times Newspaper. Trott (Kenny) went on to say when interviewed by the presenter/DJ that this had been the most incredible year, and felt very honoured and privileged to have received an award which carried such high regard. The award was presented to her by fellow Olympian Jessica Ennis-Hill.[citation needed]

Major results[edit]

2008
3rd Sprint, National Junior Track Championships
2009
National Junior Track Championships
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Individual pursuit
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Points race
2nd Silver medal blank.svg 500m TT
2nd National Criterium Championships
3rd National Madison Championships (with Hannah Mayho)
2010
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Team pursuit, UEC European Track Championships
National Junior Track Championships
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Individual pursuit
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG 500m TT
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Points race
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Scratch race
1st National Derny Championships
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Individual pursuit, National Track Championships
2011
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Team pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
UCI Track World Cup
1st Gold medal blank.svg Team pursuit – Cali
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Omnium – Cali
UEC European Track Championships
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Team pursuit
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Omnium
National Track Championships
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Individual pursuit
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Points race
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Scratch race
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg 500m TT
UEC European U23 Track Championships
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Individual Pursuit
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Scratch Race
1st Team Pursuit (with Katie Colclough and Dani King)
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG National Under–23 Road Race Championships
2012
Olympic Games
1st Gold medal olympic.svg Team pursuit
1st Gold medal olympic.svg Omnium
UCI Track World Championships
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Team pursuit
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Omnium
UCI Track World Cup
1st Gold medal blank.svg Team pursuit – London
1st Gold medal blank.svg Omnium – Glasgow
1st Gold medal blank.svg Team pursuit – Glasgow
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Omnium – London
2013
UCI Track World Championships
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Team pursuit
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Omnium
UEC European Track Championships
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Team pursuit
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Omnium
UCI Track World Cup
1st Gold medal blank.svg Team pursuit – Manchester
1st Gold medal blank.svg Omnium – Manchester
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Omnium – Aguascalientes
National Track Championships
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Team pursuit
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Points race
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Individual pursuit
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Madison
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Scratch race
National Road Race Championships
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Under–23
2nd Senior
1st RideLondon GrandPrix
UEC European U23 Track Championships
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Individual Pursuit
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Omnium
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Points Race
3rd Scratch Race, Revolution – Round 1, Manchester
2014
UCI Track World Championships
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Team pursuit
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Omnium
UCI Track World Cup
1st Gold medal blank.svg Team pursuit – Guadalajara
1st Gold medal blank.svg Team pursuit – London
1st Gold medal blank.svg Omnium – London
UEC European Track Championships
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Team pursuit
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Omnium
1st Gold medal blank.svg Points race, Commonwealth Games
Revolution
1st Omnium – Round 1, London
1st Points Race – Round 4, Manchester
1st Scratch Race – Round 4, Manchester
1st Omnium – Round 5, London
1st Points Race – Round 2, Manchester
3rd Scratch Race – Round 2, Manchester
1st Omnium, Fenioux Piste International
National Road Race Championships
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Senior
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Under–23
National Track Championships
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Team pursuit
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Scratch race
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Individual pursuit
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Points race
1st Overall Surf & Turf 2-Day
1st Stages 1, 2 & 3
2015
UEC European Track Championships
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Team pursuit
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Scratch race
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Omnium
Revolution
1st Omnium – Round 1, Derby
1st Points Race – Round 2, Manchester
1st Points Race – Round 4, Glasgow
1st Points Race – Round 5, London
1st Scratch Race – Round 4, Glasgow
1st Scratch Race – Round 5, London
2nd Scratch Race – Round 1, Derby
3rd Individual Pursuit – Round 1, Derby
3rd Scratch Race – Round 6, Manchester
Grand Prix of Poland
1st Omnium[52]
1st Scratch race[53]
National Track Championships
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Individual Pursuit
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Scratch race
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Points race
UCI Track World Championships
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Team pursuit
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Omnium
2nd Omnium, Internationale Radsport Meeting
3rd National Road Race Championships
1st Milk Race
2016
Olympic Games
1st Gold medal olympic.svg Team pursuit
1st Gold medal olympic.svg Omnium
UCI Track World Championships
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Omnium
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Scratch race
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Team pursuit
Revolution
1st Points Race - Round 5, Manchester
1st Points Race - Round 6, Manchester
1st Scratch Race - Round 6, Manchester
2nd Scratch Race - Round 5, Manchester
1st Omnium, Grand Prix of Poland
1st Omnium, Fenioux Piste International
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG National Madison Championships
Revolution Champions League
2nd Omnium - Round 2, London
2nd Scratch Race - Round 2, London
3rd Points Race - Round 2, London

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  53. ^ https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/zuvvi/media/bc_files/track/GP_Poland_womens_scratch_race.pdf

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