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Laura Kenny

Team Pursuit, Omnium

Based
Manchester

From
Cheshunt

Date of birth
24/04/1992

Team
Matrix Fitness Vulpine

Laura Kenny won the hearts of the British public at the London 2012 Olympic Games where, at the age of just 20, she captured gold medals on the track in the team pursuit and the multi-discipline omnium event.

As a key part of the Great Britain team that won 12 medals - eight of them gold - across the cycling events, Kenny became one of the nation’s most popular athletes and went on to further success four years later in Rio, taking her personal tally of Olympic gold medals to four as she successfully defended both titles.

Career in numbers

4

Total Olympic medals

1

Total Commonwealth Games medals

12

Total UCI Track Cycling World Championships medals

10

Total UEC European Track Championships medals

Biography

Kenny has become one of the world’s great track riders since her precocious talent first shone through in the 2010 season with an omnium gold medal at the UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships in Montichiari, Italy.

That form earned Kenny selection to the UEC European Track Championships and her first elite gold medal in the team pursuit, aged only 18, before an astonishing 2011 season which saw Kenny win seven world, World Cup and European titles at junior and elite levels.

Highlights included team pursuit gold at her debut UCI Track Cycling World Championships and at the UEC European Track Championships, where Kenny also took the omnium title.

Momentum was building nicely for Kenny, and the whole of the Great Britain Cycling Team, as their home Olympics loomed at the start of 2012.

In London, at a UCI Track Cycling World Cup meeting, Kenny, Joanna Rowsell Shand and Dani King gave supporters a preview of the success to come by winning an exciting team pursuit final while Kenny was forced to settle for bronze in the omnium behind rivals Sarah Hammer of the USA and Australia’s Annette Edmondson.

A month later, the British team pursuit women were even more impressive at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne as they won gold in a new world record against the hosts. Just as significantly, in the omnium, Kenny turned the tables on Hammer and Edmondson and added gold.

London calling

By the time the London Olympics started, expectations were high for Kenny and the Great Britain Cycling Team and they did not disappoint.

In the team pursuit, the tried and trusted trio of Kenny, Rowsell Shand and King rode three times and broke the world record on each occasion, beating the USA in the final. That performance meant that on the six occasions that trio had raced together, they had set a world record on every ride.

Two days after the team pursuit gold, Trott was back for a thrilling omnium battle with Hammer and Edmondson. An uncharacteristically poor points race left Kenny with a mountain to climb but, by the final event the 500-metre time trial, her storming victory meant the Briton had won the gold medal by one point from Hammer.

The success, since that unforgettable summer, has been largely relentless for Kenny. The 2013 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Minsk, Belarus saw Great Britain retain their team pursuit world crown.

With the women’s team pursuit now a four-rider, four-kilometre event, the British won the title at that year’s UEC European Track Championships in Apeldoorn with Kenny doing likewise in the omnium.

As the Great Britain team dominated the new team pursuit format, there was also another gold - and another new world record - at the 2013 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Manchester and the 2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Cali saw that mastery continue with more rainbow jerseys.

GREAT BRITAIN CYCLING TEAM KIT

Great Britain Cycling Team kit

Laura Trott
Laura Trott

Road brings more success

The summer of 2014 also brought Kenny a thrilling Commonwealth Games gold in the points race and one of the highlights of her road career when she won the British National Road Race Championships before Kenny successfully defended her two titles in the team pursuit and omnium at the UEC European Track Championships.

By the time the 2015 UCI Track Cycling World Championship in Paris arrived in February, however, team pursuit rivals had finally closed the gap on Kenny’s team with Australia qualifying fastest and winning the final by nearly three full seconds.

Kenny also had to settle for silver in the omnium although by the end of the year, and the UEC European Track Championships, she not only had the consolation of golds in the team pursuit and omnium but added the scratch race title for good measure.

It meant that Kenny had accounted for half Great Britain’s tally of six golds at the championships and her career total of 10 European golds left her as the most successful rider of all time in the UEC European Track Championships.

The 2016 season had one main focus - the Rio Olympics - although the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in London proved a disappointment in the team pursuit, with Kenny having to settle for the bronze medal before she recovered superbly to take golds in the scratch race and omnium.

That disappointment was quickly forgotten in Rio, however, where Kenny anchored the women’s team pursuit squad that broke the world record three times on the way to taking gold from the USA, a fact that meant Kenny had ridden the team pursuit six times over two Olympic Games campaigns and set a new world record on every occasion.

Her performance in the omnium was every bit as dominant. After finishing second in the opening event, the scratch race, she went on to keep her major rivals at bay throughout the remaining five disciplines and went on to add a fourth gold to her collection in impressive fashion by a commanding 24-point margin.

Away from the bike

Kenny’s remarkable story had a remarkable beginning, the double Olympic champion was born a month prematurely in Harlow, Essex, with a collapsed lung and later diagnosed with asthma. Advised to try sport to help with her breathing, Kenny first participated in trampolining before being forced to stop due to an undiagnosed condition that caused her to sporadically pass out.

Growing up in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, Kenny and older sister Emma, who would go on to become a professional road rider, first took up the sport when their mother Glenda decided to cycle to lose weight.

Along with father Adrian, the family would spend weekends on lengthy bike rides with Laura eventually starting to race, at the age of eight, and ride at the track of local club Welwyn Wheelers.

Her public profile was heightened by her relationship with fellow Olympic gold medallist Jason Kenny and, at Christmas 2014, the pair announced their engagement and subsqently marry on 24th September 2016. Her profile also saw the former Grundy Park Leisure Centre in her hometown Cheshunt renamed The Laura Trott Leisure Centre in her honour following a £4 million redevelopment.

A lifelong fan of musician Bruce Springsteen, Laura’s main interest away from cycling centre around her dogs Sprolo and Pringle - springer-poodle cross-breeds.

Laura Trott
Laura Trott
Laura Trott
Laura Trott
Laura Trott

Palmarès

2016
UCI Track Cycling World Championships, London Omnium Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Championships, London Scratch race Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Championships, London Team pursuit Bronze
UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Hong Kong Omnium Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Hong Kong Scratch race Silver
Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Team pursuit Gold
Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Omnium Gold
2015
UCI Track Cycling World Championship, Paris (France) Team pursuit Silver
UCI Track Cycling World Championship, Paris (France) Omnium Silver
UEC European Track Championships, Grenchen (Switzerland) Team pursuit Gold
UEC European Track Championships, Grenchen (Switzerland) Omnium Gold
UEC European Track Championships, Grenchen (Switzerland) Scratch race Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Cali (Colombia) Omnium Gold
2014
UCI Track Cycling World Cup, London (UK) Team pursuit Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Guadalajara (Mexico) Team pursuit Gold
UEC European Track Championships, Guadaloupe Team pursuit Gold
UEC European Track Championships, Guadaloupe Omnium Gold
Commonwealth Games, Glasgow (UK) Scratch race Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Cali (Colombia) Team pursuit Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Cali (Colombia) Omnium Silver
2013
UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Aguascalientes (Mexico) Omnium Silver
UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Manchester (UK) Team pursuit Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Manchester (UK) Omnium Gold
UEC European Track Championships Apeldoorn, (Holland) Team pursuit Gold
UEC European Track Championships Apeldoorn, (Holland) Omnium Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Minsk (Belarus) Team pursuit Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Minsk (Belarus) Omnium Silver
2012
Olympic Games, London (UK) Team pursuit Gold
Olympic Games, London (UK) Omnium Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Melbourne (Australia) Team pursuit Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Melbourne (Australia) Omnium Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Cup, London (UK) Team pursuit Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Cup, London (UK) Omnium Bronze
2011
UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Cali (Colombia) Team pursuit Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Cali (Colombia) Omnium Bronze
UEC European Track Championships, Apeldoorn (Holland) Team pursuit Gold
UEC European Track Championships, Apeldoorn (Holland) Omnium Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Apeldoorn (Holland) Team pursuit Gold
UEC U23 European Track Championships, Portugal Team pursuit Gold
UEC U23 European Track Championships, Portugal Individual pursuit Gold
UEC U23 European Track Championships, Portugal Scratch race Gold
2010
UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships, Italy Omnium Gold
UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships, Italy Points race Silver
UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships, Italy Individual pursuit Silver
UEC European Track Championships, Poland Team pursuit Gold