Sad Storey

Despite helping power Britain to gold last week at the World Cup in Columbia, Sarah Storey has been told that her efforts were not enough to earn her a place in the women’s team pursuit Olympic squad; dashing her hopes of becoming Britain’s first ever Paralympic and Olympic athlete. 34-year-old Storey who was born without a left hand, won two gold medals at the 1992 Paralympics aged just 14, later switching her attention to cycling and debuting for GB at the Manchester leg of the World Cup back in February (and not incidentally helping break the British record in the process.)


Writing on her website ( she says: ‘I have always said that London 2012 is about riding as many events as I am good enough for and so now it is important for me to concentrate on the other events I have at the Games…I always said the Team Pursuit was another opportunity to become the best athlete I could be and it would be a bonus if I was able to make the event work alongside the events in which I am Para-cycling World Champion. As with any team event the squad has to work to get the fastest three riders on the start line in the Olympic final and in the eyes of the selectors I am not able to contribute to this process any longer..’


Her records speak for themselves:

7 Paralympic Gold Medals (5 swimming, 2 cycling)
18 World Championship titles (6 swimming, 12 cycling)
21 European titles (18 swimming, 3 cycling)
6 World Cup titles (5 Paracycling, 1 able-bodied cycling)
More than 140 National titles (including 3 able-bodied National titles on the track)
71 World Records


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