She’s already Britain’s most decorated athlete competing in the Paralympics. And today, Sarah Storey is tipped to follow in the steps of cycling royalty (and the only man in existence to successfully rock a sideburn) Bradley Wiggins, as she takes to the track for London 2012. Wowza.
Sarah, 34, (who, incidentally, is an avid Sex And The City fan) has never let her disability – she was born without a functioning left hand after her arm became entangled in the umbilical cord in the womb – get in her way. But it was her husband, Barney, who is a cycling sprint pilot, who gave her the encouragement she needed to immerse herself in cycling, in 2005.
And it was worth it. Sarah now has ambitions to take over Michael Phelps' title as the most decorated athlete in history, after already collecting five gold medals during her swimming career, and quickly topping that up to a mammoth SEVEN golds after competing with Great Britain’s cycling team. She’s also bagged 20 world titles, 21 European titles and two Paralympic titles. Oh, and not forgetting the 71 World Records, and an OBE in the 2009 New Year’s Honours. Not half bad, eh?
‘Even with one hand I was faster than the boys,’ she told the Daily Mirror this week. ‘I officially switched to cycling at the end of 2005 and as Barney is such an expert, it helped me become better quickly because he could tell me straight away if I was doing something wrong. His advice and support were crucial.’
And now she’s got her eye on gold again. ‘It's just the icing on the cake from the four years of work,’ she added. ‘The winning feeling is immense, and that's why people keep coming back for more.’
We've no doubt that she'll do it again - Grazia HQ will be cheering for you Sarah!