Victoria Pendleton CBE
Victoria Pendleton's accomplishments in cycling are incredible and inspirational. Having won her first race, a 400m event on a grass track at the age of nine, Victoria continued to show her promise and at the age of 13 was spotted by a national track coach.
Through her training, Victoria continued her studies and while still a student, she won one bronze and three silver medals in the British National Track Championships in 2001. In 2002, she qualified for the Commonwealth Games team, finishing fourth in the sprint and by 2004, she ranked 2nd overall going on to win the World Cup event in Manchester.
She won her first major medal with gold in the sprint at the 2005 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, becoming the third British woman to become a cycling world champion in 40 years.
Victoria had an impressive career in competition, representing Great Britain and England in international cycling competition and winning nine world titles including a record six in the individual sprint, dominating the event between 2005 and 2012. In 2008 she won the sprint in the Beijing Olympics, and in 2012, she won the gold medal in the keirin at the London Olympics, as well as silver in the sprint.
A phenomenal achievement and incredible sporting career accomplished through cycling - a true inspiration to the next generation of female cyclists who want to compete.
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