Sarah Storey is a British Paralympic cyclist as well as a former swimmer who has won multiple gold medal winner at the Paralympic Games in both sports, and six times British (able-bodied) national track champion (2 × Pursuit, 1 × Point, 3 × Team Pursuit). Her total of 27 Paralympic medals including 16 gold medals makes her the most successful British Paralympian of all time as well as one of the most decorated Paralympic athletes of all time. She began her Paralympic career as a swimmer, winning two golds, three silvers and a bronze in Barcelona in 1992. She made her maiden appearance at the Paralympics in 1992 at the age of 14. Her major achievements include being a 29-time World champion (6 in swimming and 23 in cycling), a 21-time European champion (18 in swimming and 3 in cycling) and holding 75 world records. She is regarded as one of the most experienced campaigners in the history of the Paralympics as she took part at the Paralympics on eight occasions in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020. She is a current para world record holder in women’s 3000m individual pursuit and hour record. During the qualifying heat event at the 2020 Summer Paralympics, she also incredibly shattered her own world record by four seconds in the individual pursuit C5 category. She won The Sunday Times Disability Sportswoman of the Year in 2020 and was officially announced in an online ceremony.
Sarah Storey becomes Great Britain’s joint most successful Paralympian with 16th gold
Becoming Great Britain’s joint most successful Paralympian of all time was a “dream come true” for Sarah Storey after she won her 16th gold medal in the C5 time trial in Tokyo. The 43-year-old, appearing at her eighth Paralympic Games, tied the record held by swimmer Mike Kenny. She dominated the time trial, winning by 92 seconds as British team-mate Crystal Lane-Wright took silver. Storey has the opportunity to win the 17th gold in Thursday’s road race. “I never set out on this journey to be Britain’s greatest Paralympian but to match the best man and to have more other medals is just a dream come true,” said Storey, who has now won 27 Paralympic medals. “The course is super quick. The corners were really grippy and I rode a really good line and carried speed. I got caught up in a bit of traffic at times perhaps as I was going a bit quicker than they had anticipated. “I am just so chuffed. I have been preparing for this for such a long time. There have been so many parts to it, both my bike and physical preparations.” Storey made her Paralympic debut at the 1992 Games in Barcelona, winning her first five gold medals in swimming before switching to cycling. The 43-year-old, who won individual pursuit gold earlier in the Tokyo Games, finished the time trial in a time of 36 minutes 8.90 seconds. Lane-Wright won her second silver medal of the Games, finishing 54 seconds ahead of Germany’s bronze medallist Kerstin Brachtendorf.
What makes Sarah Storey so famous?
- Being a Paralympic cyclist and former swimmer.
- Being a multiple gold medal winner at the Paralympic Games in both sports, and six times British (able-bodied) national track champion (2 × Pursuit, 1 × Point, 3 × Team Pursuit).
Where is Sarah Storey From?
Sarah Storey was born on 26th October 1977 in Eccles, England with the birth name of Dame Sarah Joanne Storey. He holds British nationality and his ethnic background is British-White. His race is White. His present age is 43 as of 2020. Sarah Bailey was born in Manchester without a functioning left hand after her arm became entangled in the umbilical cord in the womb and the hand did not develop as normal. As a schoolgirl, she was subjected to bullying by her schoolmates and also faced eating disorder issues at school. She joined her first swimming club at the age of ten and was told by her coach that she had started her training too late to be good at anything. Scorpio is his Zodiac sign and his religion is Christian. Sarah has not spoken anything about her parents and siblings.
About her education, Sarah Storey graduated from Leeds Beckett Univerisity.
Sarah Storey Career Timeline
- Sarah Storey started her Paralympic career as a swimmer.
- In 1992, she won two golds, three silvers and a bronze in Barcelona. In the same year, she made her maiden appearance at the Paralympics when she was only 14.
- Sarah continued swimming in the next three Paralympic Games before switching to cycling in 2005, reputedly because of a persisting ear infection.
- She retained her Paralympic gold medals in women’s 100m backstroke and 200m individual medley events at the 1996 Summer Paralympics.
- She continued to participate in swimming and claimed four silver medals and a solitary bronze in the next two Paralympic Games in 2000 and 2004 before quitting the sport.
- She won the individual pursuit at the 2008 Paralympic Games.
- She also competes against non-disabled athletes and won the 3 km national track pursuit championship in 2008, eight days after taking the Paralympic title. In addition, she defended her title in 2009.
- She also added a third national track title with a win in the points race in 2014.
- She 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.
- She competed for one of the three places in the GB squad for the women’s team pursuit at the 2012 Olympic Games in 2011.
- She was also in the winning team for the World Cup event in Cali, Colombia in December 2011.
- London’s 2012 Paralympics Games saw Storey win Britain’s first gold medal, in the women’s individual C5 pursuit.
- She then went on to win three more gold medals, one in the Time Trial C4-5 500m, one in the Individual Road Time Trial C5 and finally one in the Individual Road Race C4-5.
- Additionally, she alongside her husband Barney Storey founded the Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International women’s amateur cycling team, supporting the charity Boot Out Breast Cancer in the year 2014.
- She also attempted to break the world hour record at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London on 28 February 2015 where she set a distance of 45.502 km, which was 563m short of Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel’s 2003 overall world record. However, she set a new world record in the C5 Paralympic cycling class as well as a new British record.
- She became Britain’s most successful female Paralympian when she won the C5 3000m individual pursuit final in the Rio 2016 Paralympics.
- Moreover, she also became the first athlete to win the gold medal for Great Britain at the 2020 Summer Paralympics when she defended her Paralympic title in the women’s individual pursuit C5 event which was her fifth Paralympic gold medal in track cycling and her tenth Paralympic gold medal in women’s cycling.
- During the qualifying heat event at the 2020 Summer Paralympics, she also incredibly shattered her own world record by four seconds in the individual pursuit C5 category.
Awards, Honors and Achievements
- Sarah Storey was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1998 New Year Honours.
- She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.
- She was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Manchester in 2012.
- She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours.
- She was a nominee for the 2008 Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability and the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
- In April 2019, Storey was appointed Active Travel Commissioner for the Sheffield City Region.
- She also won The Sunday Times Disability Sportswoman of the Year in 2020 and was officially announced in an online ceremony.
Who is Sarah Storey married to?
Sarah Storey is a married man. In the year 2007, she married a tandem pilot and coach, Barney Storey. She also gave birth to a daughter named Louisa Marie on 30th June 2013 and a son named Charlie on 14th October 2017. She and her husband live in Disley, Cheshire. His sexual orientation is straight.
What is the Net Worth of Sarah Storey?
Sarah Storey is a famous gold medalist Paralympic cyclist and former swimmer. As of 2021, the net worth of Sarah Storey is estimated to have $2.5 Million. Her major source of wealth comes from her cyclist career and she is living a luxurious lifestyle as of today. Whereas her exact salary is still to get unfold yet as she has not revealed anything about her earnings.
How tall is Sarah Storey?
Sarah Storey is a very beautiful woman with a charming personality and glowing face attracting a lot of people towards her. She has got a perfect height matching with her body weight. Her exact body measurements such as height, weight, waist size, shoe size and more are still to get unfold yet. Overall, she has got a healthy body as she maintains her body a lot by doing frequent exercise.