Paula Tesoriero

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Paula Tesoriero
Medal record
Track cycling
Representing  New Zealand
Paralympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Women's 500 m
time trial LC3–4/CP 3
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Beijing Women's Individual
pursuit LC 1–2/CP 4
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Beijing Women's Individual
road time trial
LC 3–4/CP 3

Paula Margaret Tesoriero, MNZM (born 29 August 1975 in Wellington, New Zealand)[1] is a New Zealand paralympics racing cyclist, most notable for her performance at the 2008 Summer Paralympics; her world record-breaking time in the women's 500m time trial secured New Zealand's first gold medal at that games, and she later went on to win bronze in both the individual pursuit,[2] and the women's individual road time trial.[3] She broke the world record earlier in the year and also won two silver medals at the 2006 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.[4] Tesoriero suffers from disabilities in both legs, with no ankle on her right leg and she wears a carbon limb on her left leg and is therefore classified as a LC3 athlete. Tesoriero also competes in the 25 km road bicycle racingroad race.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Paralympic Athletes - Cycling". Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  2. ^ "Gold for Pascoe wins, Tesoriero grabs bronze". NZPA. 2008-09-10. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  3. ^ Burgess, Suzanne (2008-09-12). "Tesoriero's triple medal treat". One Sport. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  4. ^ Tian, Lan (2008-09-09). "Paula Tesoriero's prize comes before the fall". Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
  5. ^ "Kiwi wins gold at Paralympics". One Sport. 2008-09-09. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  6. ^ Jonathan Millmow (2008-09-09). "Gold and a sore head". Retrieved 2008-09-12.