Sarah Storey

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Dame Sarah Storey
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Born (1977-10-26) 26 October 1977 (age 37)
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Country  United Kingdom

Dame Sarah Joanne Storey, DBE (née Bailey; born 26 October 1977), is a British road and track racing cyclist and former swimmer, multiple gold medal winner at the Paralympic Games in both sports, and three times British (able bodied) national track champion. Her total of eleven gold medals makes her the equal of Tanni Grey-Thompson and Dave Roberts, considered among the most successful British Paralympians.[30]

Storey was born without a functioning left hand after her arm became entangled in the umbilical cord in the womb.[31]

Storey's list of major achievements also include being a 20-time World champion (6 in swimming and 14 in cycling), a 21-time European champion (18 in swimming and 3 in cycling) and holding 72 world records.[32]

Swimming at the Paralympic Games[edit]

Storey (then known as Sarah Bailey) began her Paralympic career as a swimmer,[33] winning two golds, three silvers and a bronze in Barcelona in 1992 at 14. She continued swimming in the next three Paralympic Games before switching to cycling in 2005.[34]

Cycling[edit]

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[35] – 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,[36] and defended her title in 2009.[37] In 2014 she added a third national track title with a win in the points race.[38]

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.[39] She was also the second Paralympic athlete overall competing for England at the Games, following archer Danielle Brown earlier in Delhi.[40]

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,[41] she was informed afterwards that she was being dropped from the team pursuit squad.[42]

London's 2012 Paralympics Games saw Storey win Britain's first gold medal, in the women's individual C5 pursuit.[43][44][45] She went on to win three more gold medals, one in the Time Trial C4–5 500m,[45] one in the Individual Road Time Trial C5[45] and finally one in the Individual Road Race C4–5.[46]

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.[47][48]

Storey attempted to break the world hour record at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London on 28 February 2015. She set a distance of 45.502km, 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.[49]

Honours[edit]

Storey was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1998 New Year Honours.[50] Following the Beijing Games, she was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.[51] In 2012, she was awarded an honorary degree by the Manchester Metropolitan University.[30] Following the 2012 London Games, she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours.[52][53]

Storey was a nominee for the 2008 Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability and the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.[54]

Personal life[edit]

In 2007 Storey married tandem pilot and coach Barney Storey[55] In January 2012, Storey appeared on Celebrity Mastermind with Sex & The City as her specialist subject.[56] She finished in last place with a score of 16 points from two rounds. She and her husband live in Disley, Cheshire.[57]

On 30 June 2013, Storey had a baby daughter called Louisa Marie.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ IPC Swimming World Championships 1994 – Women's 100m Backstroke S10 International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
  2. ^ IPC Swimming World Championships 1994 – Women's 100m Breastroke SB10 International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
  3. ^ IPC Swimming World Championships Mar del 2002 – Women's 100 m Freestyle S10 International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
  4. ^ IPC Swimming World Championships Mar del 2002 – Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
  5. ^ IPC Swimming World Championships Mar del 2002 – Women's 400 m Freestyle S10 International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
  6. ^ IPC Swimming World Championships 1994 – Women's 200m Individual Medley SM10 International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
  7. ^ IPC Swimming World Championships 1994 – Women's 400m Freestyle S10 International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
  8. ^ IPC Swimming World Championships 1998 – Women's 100 m Backstroke S10 International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
  9. ^ IPC Swimming World Championships 1998 – Women's 4x100 m Medley open International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
  10. ^ IPC Swimming World Championships Mar del 2002 – Women's 100 m Backstroke S10 International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
  11. ^ IPC Swimming World Championships 1994 – Women's 4x100m Medley Relay S7-10 International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
  12. ^ IPC Swimming World Championships 1998 – Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
  13. ^ IPC Swimming World Championships 1998 – Women's 400 m Freestyle S10 International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
  14. ^ IPC Swimming World Championships 1998 – Women's 4x100 m Freestyle open International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
  15. ^ IPC Swimming World Championships Mar del 2002 – Women's 50 m Freestyle S10 International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
  16. ^ UCI Para Road World Championships 2009 – Women's Time Trial LC1 International Cycling Union (UCI).
  17. ^ UCI Para Road World Championships 2009 – Women's Road Race LC1 International Cycling Union (UCI).
  18. ^ UCI Para Road World Championships 2010 – Women's Time Trial C5 International Cycling Union (UCI).
  19. ^ UCI Para Road World Championships 2010 – Women's Road Race C5 International Cycling Union (UCI).
  20. ^ UCI Para Road World Championships 2011 – Women's Time Trial C5 International Cycling Union (UCI).
  21. ^ UCI Para Road World Championships 2011 – Women's Road Race C5 International Cycling Union (UCI).
  22. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Dame Sarah Storey OBE profile British Cycling.
  23. ^ UCI Para Track Cycling World Championships 2009 – Women's 3km pursuit LC1 International Cycling Union (UCI).
  24. ^ UCI Para Track Cycling World Championships 2009 – Women's 500 m time trial LC1 International Cycling Union (UCI).
  25. ^ UCI Para Track Cycling World Championships 2012 – Women's 500 m time trial C5 International Cycling Union (UCI).
  26. ^ UCI Para Track Cycling World Championships 2012 – Women's 3km pursuit C5 International Cycling Union (UCI).
  27. ^ UCI Para Track Cycling World Championships 2014 – Women's 3km pursuit C5 International Cycling Union (UCI).
  28. ^ UCI Para Track Cycling World Championships 2014 – Women's Scratch race C1-5 International Cycling Union (UCI).
  29. ^ UCI Para Track Cycling World Championships 2014 – Women's 500 m time trial C5 International Cycling Union (UCI).
  30. ^ a b BBC News: Paralympian Sarah Storey honoured by Manchester Metropolitan University (accessed 17 December 2012)
  31. ^ Bull, Andy (1 October 2010). "Sarah Storey: From Paralympic swimmer to Commonwealth cyclist". Guardian (London). 
  32. ^ Dame Sarah Storey DBE profile Team Storey Sport.
  33. ^ "Sarah Storey Pursuing More Paralympic Glory in Beijing" 12 March 2008
  34. ^ Sarah Storey profile at Laureus.com, accessed May 2010
  35. ^ Results at cyclingweekly.co.uk
  36. ^ Profile at www.inspirationalspeakers.co.uk
  37. ^ "Storey on top as Pendleton shines"
  38. ^ "National Track Championships: Four golds for Varnish & Skinner". BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  39. ^ "InterviewSarah Storey: From Paralympic swimmer to Commonwealth cyclist", The Guardian, 1 October 2010
  40. ^ "The Paralympian taking on able-bodied athletes", The Independent, 2 October 2010
  41. ^ "GB trio secure gold at World Cup". BBC News. 
  42. ^ "Storey dropped from Olympic squad". BBC News. 
  43. ^ "Paralympics 2012: Sarah Storey wins third London gold". Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  44. ^ "London Paralympics 2012 – day one: as it happened", The Guardian, 30 August 2012
  45. ^ a b c Gallagher, Brendand (5 Sep 2012). "Sarah Storey claims golden hat-trick with time trial victory at Brands Hatch". London: Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 6 Sep 2012. 
  46. ^ "Sarah Storey storms to landmark 11th Paralympics gold". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 Sep 2012. 
  47. ^ "Press release: PEARL IZUMI BOOT OUT BREAST CANCER TEAM LAUNCH". Pearl Izumi. 10 Mar 2014. Retrieved 19 Jun 2015. This weekend saw the official launch of the Pearl Izumi Boot out Breast Cancer team. The team, led by Sarah Storey and managed by Barney Storey is made up of nine riders and the team will be riding in the major UK events, including National Road, Time Trial and Track Championships, National Road Series, Tour Series, Ride London and the Milk Race, as well as seeking to gain invitation places in some key UCI races. 
  48. ^ "Dame Sarah Storey DBE". Team Storey Sport. Sarah and Barney Storey. Retrieved 19 Jun 2015. 2014 saw Sarah and Barney launch their own women's cycling team riding in aid of Boot Out Breast Cancer. The team, Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International, dominated the UK domestic racing scene in their first season and are set to ride in 2015 with an even stronger line up. 
  49. ^ "Sarah Storey fails in women's hour record bid at London velodrome". bbc.co.uk. 28 February 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  50. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 54993. p. 14. 31 December 1997. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  51. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58929. p. 12. 31 December 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  52. ^ "Order of the British Empire" (PDF). Cabinet Office. 29 December 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  53. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60367. p. 24. 29 December 2012.
  54. ^ BBC Sport: Bradley Wiggins wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year (accessed 17 December 2012)
  55. ^ Moreton, Cole (1 September 2012). "Paralympics 2012: Golden couple powered by love". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  56. ^ "Celebrity Mastermind". BBC One. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  57. ^ "Sarah Storey becomes first athlete to get four stamps". BBC News. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 

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