sarah storey


Sara + Emy = were married, broke up, Emy is still working for them.

Emy + Sarah = currently dating, Sarah was working for them a long time ago and still is.

Sara + Stacy = currently dating.

How is this not awkward for them, someone please explain to me.

Sarah, Emy, Stacy

Sara, Sarah and Emy in the behind

Emy and Stacy in the behind

She attacked from the start of the 64km, eight-lap race and finished seven minutes and 22 seconds clear of her nearest rival, Poland’s Anna Harkowska, covering the course at an average of 38kph.

Storey even caught the competitors in the men’s C1-3 event, who started their race two minutes before the women, and the men’s event had to be neutralised by officials when they tried to race alongside her.

Sarah Storey’s dream of winning Olympic gold at London 2012 to add to the 18 Paralympic gold medals she has won in swimming and track cycling is over she has announced on her blog – just days after she helped played her part in Great Britain’s women’s team pursuit squad’s victory at the UCI World Cup Classics event in Cali, Colombia.

The news that she no longer figured in Team GB’s Olympic plans was broken to Storey before she’d even had a chance to get home and unpack her bags to add that latest gold medal to her trophy cabinet, the 34-year-old revealed in a post on her blog yesterday evening.

Official confirmation arrived this morning from British Cycling, which has said that Wendy Houvenaghel, Dani King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell are the four riders who will now train for the team pursuit at London 2012, in which three riders compete, compared to four in the men’s event.

Paralympic cyclist Sarah Storey has become the first athlete to be honoured with four stamps after winning her fourth gold at London 2012.

Storey became the most-decorated female British Paralympian of all time when she took gold in the C4-5 Road Race. No other British athlete has achieved four gold medals at London’s Olympic and Paralympic games.

The postboxes and stamps have been used by Royal Mail to honour gold medal winners at both games. A fourth postbox will also be painted gold in her honour, though a Royal Mail spokesman said the location for it had yet to be decided.

  • Sarah Storey’s husband Barney has also been honoured with a stamp

Three postboxes have already been repainted to celebrate the cyclist’s achievements, the location of each being chosen by Storey. Two are in Cheshire, near her home in Disley and her former school in Poynton, while the third is in Eccles, Salford. A second postbox in Disley has also been painted gold in honour of Barney Storey, Sarah’s husband, who won gold riding as the tandem pilot with cyclist Neil Fachie.

Sarah Storey has won 11 Paralympic gold medals, eight silvers and three bronzes in cycling and swimming in her career. Her achievement equals the number of Paralympics golds won by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, who also won four silvers and one bronze.

Storey’s four-gold haul could be equalled by wheelchair athlete David Weir if he is victorious in the marathon on Sunday.

This article is very interesting and highlights that M.E/CFS isn’t just ‘feeling a bit tired all the time’. It also shows there is light at the end of the tunnel for some sufferers. As we know some of us do recover from the illness, some have periods of remission then flare ups, some have it all the time but to varying degrees and some of us have it full on, unrelenting and constant.
I fall into the third category, but when I have ‘lighter’ M.E periods my other illnesses pick up the slack, which my neurologist says is typical of those of us who have other integrated illnesses such as Fibromyalgia, IBS etc..

So sadly her story isn’t typical (especially as she was a top athlete prior to the CFS hitting) is inspirational and goes further to prove the validity of the condition and how it can affect people.

Hope you find it as interesting as I do, whether your interest is M.E/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Cycling, Paralympics, or just sport in general.

Slinky x

"Crystal Lane, right, Sara Storey, center and Jon-Allan Butterworth during the Mixed team Sprint at the day four of the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships"


Photos from the final day of the 2014 Para-cycling Track World Championships on British Cycling’s flickr


Paralympics 2012 team GB’s success so far 5th September 2012 - 6th September 2012

1)Paralympics 2012: Charlotte Henshaw and Liz Johnson claim silver and bronze in 100m breaststroke.Charlotte Henshaw missed out on gold by just three hundredths of a second in the SB6 100m breaststroke final, with team-mate Liz Johnson taking bronze. Henshaw had been shocked with her performance earlier in the day when she set a Paralympic record, lowering the mark Johnson had laid down in the previous heat. It led to hopes of a British one-two and it was a thrilling race, with Henshaw in a head-to-head with Viktoriia Savtsova. The pair were stroke-for-stroke down the second 50m with the Ukrainian just touching the Briton out in a new Paralympic mark of 1:39.13, 0.03secs ahead of Henshaw. Johnson added the bronze to the gold she won in Beijing four years ago in 1:40.80. Henshaw could not gauge where Savtsova was, saying: “I knew she was there or thereabouts.I just put my head down and tried to touch first but I’m so pleased with a silver medal. Just to get on the podium, I’m so, so happy. I really, really am.” Henshaw, who swims with Ollie Hynd at Nova Centurion, was fourth in Beijing which has added to her elation in London. She said: “I think that’s (missing out on a medal in Beijing) why I’m so chuffed. I know what it’s like to finish just outside the medals and I just really did not want that to happen here in front of everyone. “I know it’s gutting to be just outside the gold medal but I’ve tried my absolute hardest and I can walk away with my head held high with a silver medal so I’m so happy.”

2)Swimmer Liz Johnson wins bronze in SB6 100m breaststroke. Swimmer Liz Johnson added Paralympics bronze to the gold she won in Beijing four years ago. Great Britain team-mate Charlotte Henshaw missed out on gold by just three hundredths of a second in the SB6 100m breaststroke with team-mate and Newport swimmer Johnson taking bronze. Henshaw had been shocked with her performance this morning when she set a Paralympic record lowering the mark Johnson had laid down in the previous heat. It led to hopes of a British one-two and it was a thrilling race tonight with Henshaw in a head to head with Viktoriia Savtsova. The pair were stroke for stroke down the second 50m with the Ukrainian just touching the Briton out in a new Paralympic mark of 1:39.13, 0.03secs ahead of Henshaw.

3)Paralympics 2012: Louise Watkin narrowly misses out on gold in women’s S9 50m freestyle. Louise Watkin rounded off Wednesday night’s swimming medals for Great Britain with silver in the S9 50m freestyle.The 20 year-old won bronze four years ago and today she went into the final as the fastest qualifier. The City of Salford swimmer was level with Lin Ping coming into the final five metres and it seemed impossible to separate the pair. However, the Chinese swimmer made the touch first in 29.12, 0.09 ahead of Watkin. Watkins was clearly overwhelmed after the race, her Paralympics silver medal prompting tears. She said: “It is an improvement to what I did in Beijing - I got a bronze - so to come away with silver is amazing.” Of whether she was aware of what was going on in the splash and dash, she added: “Not in the last 10 metres. I just put my head down and just went for it and I came away with silver so I’m really pleased.”

4)ParalympicsGB’s Bethany Woodward claims silver in T37 200m.British teenager Bethany Woodward claimed her second medal of the London Paralympics with silver in the T37 200m. Woodward, 19, had already won bronze as part of the GB T35-38 4x100m relay team on Tuesday. She crossed the line in Wednesday’s race in 29.65 seconds, behind Namibia’s Johanna Benson.Woodward told the BBC: “It was one of the hardest races of my life, I had to fight for it.”

5)Great Britain’s Beverley Jones broke her Paralympics medal duck with bronze in the F37 discus. The 37-year-old Welsh athlete threw a season’s best of 30.04m with her third attempt, before launching out to 30.99 with her final effort. The four-time Paralympian, who has cerebral palsy, competed in sprint events at Sydney 2000 before focusing on the shot put and discus. Kyron Duke, 19, threw a British record 11.24m to finish fifth in the F40 shot. Jones, whose previous best finish at a Games was fourth in the shot put in Athens in 2004, said she was “very emotional” at getting some tangible reward for her efforts. “I am very happy. It was worth the wait to get a medal in the end,” she said. “I have worked hard for it in the discus. I had to have faith in myself and keep cool, and I managed to do that with my last throw.”

6)Sailing: Team GB win gold in Weymouth after lack of wind. As a lack of wind meant that racing on the final day of the Paralympic sailing in Weymouth had to be abandoned Britain won two medals. Helena Lucas – the only woman in her 16-strong class - won the 2.4mR one-person keelboat gold while Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell won bronze in the SKUD two-person keelboat. Lucas was in gold medal position for all but one of the 10 races so far and held a nine-point cushion over second-placed Heiko Kroger (GER). So, she was guaranteed at least a silver medal while Rickham and Birrell were also guaranteed at least bronze. A lack of breeze in Portland Harbour saw racing

7)Britain won two medalsRickham, 30,  is a tetraplegic following a diving accident in Jamaica in 1995, while Birrell, 26, was born with cerebral palsy. The pair finished fifth in Beijing as a new Skud pairing and went on to win four world titles in succession. 

8)Sarah Storey’s 11th gold medal makes her Great Britain’s greatest Paralympian of the modern era.Sarah Storey’s 11 Paralympic gold medals equals the modern day record of Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson and Dave Roberts but in a number of important respects her achievements are very different to that illustrious duo. Dame Tanni was solely a wheelchair athlete who achieved her success in four games while Dave Roberts won all his medals as a swimmer. Storey meanwhile has won five gold medals as a swimmer and six as a cyclist and within that second sport of cycling she has now won three on the track and three on the road. Comparisons are normally invidious but one thing that can be said for certain is that Storey is Britain’s greatest Paralympics all-rounder.As a teenage swimmer she took five Paralympics gold medals, two in Barcelona as a 14-year-old and three in Atlanta four years later. Right from the outset her versatility was plain, twice winning the 200m individual medley and 100m backstroke with her fifth medal coming in the 100m breaststroke Gold medals eluded her though in 2000 and 2004 and after the Paralympics in Athens a lingering ear infection, and a restless nature, convinced her it was time to look elsewhere.While at a British Paralympics training camp ahead of the Athens Games she had met Barney Storey, a talented all-round cyclist who rode as a pilot for blind athletes, and after deciding to switch to cycling she bumped into him again at the Manchester velodrome. Very soon they became a couple, then husband and wife and together they pursue a lifestyle that is dominated by cycling in all its form. Storey’s cycling career is remarkable for its diversity and is littered with outstanding performances on both the track and road. In Beijing in 2008 – “a fish out of water sitting on a bike” – she surprised the cycling world by taking the 3km pursuit title on the track in a time that would have warranted a top eight finish in the able bodied event won by Rebecca Romero. Her transformation into a cyclist was extraordinary but she feels her swimming background was vital – long, hard hours training, often on her own, were nothing new. She arrived into a different sporting world with the right mental and physical credentialsOn the road meanwhile she also took the time trial event in Beijing and it is on the road that she bases her season, although last year she made a determined effort last year to break into the women’s team pursuit squad for the Olympics.

En route she rode in a GB trio at the Manchester World Cup that posted a 3 minutes 19 seconds, which was then the second fastest time ever recorded and just for a while the dream of winning both an Olympic and Paralympic gold medal was alive because, make no mistake, the absolute banker for GB in the entire Olympics was the women’s team pursuit. It wasn’t to be and early one morning last December, as she was waiting for her bags at Manchester airport having returned back form a World Cup meeting in Cali, she was told that her services were no longer required which was tough to take as she was the final rider cut from the squad. Pity isn’t in Storey’s vocabulary and turning on a sixpence she immediately planned a road camp in Majorca and started concentrating fully on her campaign for the London 2012 Paralympics, which involved both the road race and time trial, the 3km pursuit and the 500m time trial – the last being hugely out of her comfort zone which is essentially as an endurance rider.Her approach was essentially to train and race on the road all summer on the continent, South Africa and indeed Britain where she won the national series and she only turned to the track three weeks before the Paralympics, trusting in her ability to pick up the pace and increase her leg cadence almost immediately. The results were spectacular with a world record in qualifying in the individual pursuit and a personal best en route to the 500m gold medal.  With just a two-day turnaround she then headed down to Brands Hatch and immediately blew the field away over the 16km course to win by 94 seconds, setting the scene for today’s historic road race.

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Paralympics 2012 team GB’s success so far 31st August 2012 - 1st September 2012

1)Mark Colbourne wins gold . Colbourne sets world record in 4km individual pursuit . Cundy argues in vain that equipment failed. n an afternoon session lasting less than three hours the crowd first saw – and heard at some volume – Jody Cundy’s anguish and rage when officials decreed that the wheel-slip which derailed his 1km time trial was the rider’s fault and did not merit a restart.Cundy had to be carried bodily away as he ran to remonstrate with the referees. He spent the next 15 minutes wailing and cursing in an airless tunnel under the wooden track, watched by note-scribbling reporters and anxious British officials. He later apologised for his actions but claimed the starting gate which releases the bike’s rear wheel was faulty.The debate was still raging when Mark Colbourne, who believed three years ago that he would never walk again after a paragliding crash, took gold in the 4km individual pursuit for C1 cyclists, the most severely impaired class. For good measure he beat the world record he set in the heats. If Cundy was at one extreme of human emotion and Colbourne at the other, Darren Kenny, holder of six golds from previous Paralympics, had the unusual experience of feeling both at once. After qualifying a disappointing fourth in an event he won in Beijing, the 42-year-old set a world record in the race-off for bronze, a time neither finalist – Britain’s Shaun McKeown took silver against Joseph Berenyi of the United States – exceeded.

2)There were no gold medals in the pool, But ParalympicsGB earned five silvers and a bronze on a night that featured a “Battle of the Brothers” for the home team. There was a silver for Britain’s Heather Frederiksen in the women’s equivalent event and a silver for Stephanie Millward in the S9 100m backstroke.

3)The British silvers kept coming. Aaron Moores was delighted to finish second behind the Netherlands swimmer Marc Evers — who set one of six world records on the night — claiming: “It was amazing. It’s the best thing that’s happened in my life.” While in the men’s 100m backstroke S9, James Crisp, at 29 a veteran in the British squad, was “gobsmacked” after winning his 12th Paralympic medal by finishing behind the Australian world champion Matthew Cowdrey.

4) Gold medallist Hannah ‘Hurricane’ Cockroft told she’d have no life.Wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft, who took up the sport after being allowed to sit in Dame Grey-Thompson’s racing chair as a child, electrified the Olympic Stadium by taking gold in the T34 of the 100 metres.The sight of Cockroft, known as “Hurricane Hannah”, smashing the Paralympic record for the second time in a day as she finished in 18.06sec will surely be one of the highlights of the London 2012 Paralympics.This was the day when the Games proved beyond any doubt that it could match the Olympics as a spectator sport. On the first day of competition in the stadium, Cockroft found out exactly what it was like for Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis having 80,000 fans roaring themselves hoarse in support. The passion, the excitement, the warmth and the sheer noise of those golden nights on the track and field were back, as if they had never gone away.“As soon as that gun went off it just erupted in here,” said Cockroft. “It was phenomenal, amazing, I loved it!”

5)Paralympics 2012: Fachie & Storey win tandem gold . Britain’s Neil Fachie and Barney Storey won tandem gold with a world record after team-mates Anthony Kappes and Craig MacLean were denied a restart.Fachie and Storey, the husband of Paralympic champion Sarah Storey, set a blistering pace in the blind and visually impaired 1km time-trial.Defending champion Kappes and MacLean were the last pair to go but twice failed to complete their opening lap.Officials allowed one restart but ruled them out after the second failure.

6)Richard Whitehead wins 200m gold for GB.British sprinter Richard Whitehead blasted through the field in the final 50m to win gold in the T42 200m.Whitehead, a double above-the-knee amputee, crossed the line in 24.38 seconds to break his own world record.The USA’s Shaquille Vance trailed in 25.55s, with Germany’s Heinrich Popow third in 25.90s.Whitehead, 36, who will also run in the T42 100m said: “That was a good performance, I’ve trained hard for that.”“I have an amazing team behind me. Today was about giving back a performance suitable for a GB vest,” he added.“The 200m was nothing with the situations I’ve had growing up”Whitehead is also the marathon world record holder but was denied a chance to compete in London with arm amputees in the T46 class due to International Paralympic Committee (IPC) regulations.The sprinter failed in his attempt to challenge the rule at the Court of Arbitration for Sport last year, but has hopes of running in the marathon at the 2016 Paralympics.”I’m a marathon runner that’s taken well to the 200m,” Whitehead said. “I came, I saw, I conquered.”I’ve overcome so many things in my life. The 200m was nothing with the situations I’ve had growing up. Hopefully the IPC see sport as inclusive rather than exclusive for the Rio 2016 Games.”

7)Bronze medal for shooter James Bevis at London 2012. James Bevis has just secured bronze after a shoot-off for silver in the final of mixed R510m air rifle prone; SH2. Bronze medal winner James Bevis says he is relieved that it is all over.He added: “I am chuffed. It has been a gruelling day. I wanted to come away with a medal so much.” James, from Herefordshire, thanked his family and friends, Hereford Landrover for their support. James also thanked the Hereford Times for following his career.

8)Paralympics 2012: GB’s Natasha Baker fends off strong competition to narrowly win Grade II dressage gold. The first gold equestrian medal of London 2012 has gone to the British rider Natasha Baker, making her Paralympic debut, after she beat off strong competition to beat the two German riders, Britta Napel and Agelika Trabert by less than one per cent. Baker set the standard in the Grade II dressage at Greenwich this morning scoring 76.857 per cent and making a difficult test look easy. “That was the best feeling in the world, ever,” she said afterwards. “It’s a ginormous honour to be here. He was much softer than he was on Thursday and I stepped it up a gear today.” Baker, 22, who is competing at her first Paralympics, contracted transverse myelitis, an inflammation of the spine which affects the nerve endings at 14 months. It is easier for her to ride without stirrups and she controls Cabral, her mount, through her seat and voice and reassures him with pats. “I’m not sure I can watch the others,” she said after her ride and admitted to having shed a tear on her way out of the arena. “I need everything crossed not just my fingers,” she added.



Source/Taken from guardian , , guardian , telegraph . bbc ,  bbc. herefordtimes , telegraph

Sarah Storey and David Weir won four gold medals in cycling and athletics respectively, while Ellie Simmonds, then 17, took two gold medals in the pool.

Since the Games Storey, Simmonds and Weir have received as much attention as their Olympic counterparts. Among other plaudits, Storey is to have a stretch of road near her Cheshire home named after her. “It’s all been very surreal,” she said.

Simmonds is now back at school in Swansea studying for A-levels having also received an eclectic range of tributes, including an open-top bus tour of her hometown of Walsall and opening a new ride at Centre Parcs. Weir has been largely confined to home having become a father for the third time – Tillia Grace London was born last month.


Great to see three Paralympians nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Haven’t double checked but I am guessing that it must be the first time this has ever happened.