After blowing the competition away during the Olympics, the Paralympians were no less dominant on the track on the first day of competition in Rio, winning three golds in little over an hour. Storey pumped her fists in the air after becoming the most decorated British female Paralympian of all time with a storming performance in the C5 3,000m individual pursuit final.
The veteran shifted the limelight away from the Paralympics newcomers by surpassing Tanni Grey-Thompson’s record of 11 gold medals. Grey-Thompson sat by the side of the track as Storey easily defended her individual pursuit title for the third successive Games, taking less than half the distance to reel in her GB team-mate, Crystal Lane, and win her 12th Paralympics Gold.
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Storey, who switched from swimming to cycle in Beijing in 2008, is appearing in her seventh Games. She has won 23 Paralympics medals overall and is targeting three more here. The 38-year-old’s passion for cycling and the thrill of competition remains as strong as ever. It is three years since she gave birth to her daughter, Louisa. She has had to work hard to get back to her physical peak.
It remains a family affair with Storey, and never more so than in Brazil. With Barney Storey – technical adviser, mechanic and husband – her three-year-old daughter Louisa and both sets of grandparents all living in a large apartment on the beach front, Storey has been immersed in her cause, eschewing the Athletes’ Village, almost creating her own.
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