Becky James

Welsh Track Cyclist, 2013 World Sprint And Keirin Champion And 2016 Rio Olympics Double Silver Medallist

Becky James

First spotted by the Welsh Talent Team, having started her career with her local Abergavenny Road Club, Becky James is a Rio 2016 Olympics double silver medalist, riding for Team GB Cycling Team, her native Wales and the Velosure–Giordana.

James graduated onto the British Cycling Junior Academy at the age of 15 and soon progressed through the ranks winning numerous British titles. A bout of glandular fever in 2008 cost her a place at the UEC European Junior Track Championships but James made up for that disappointment the following season, winning European Championship Junior gold in the sprint and 500-metre time trial in Minsk, Belarus, and World Junior Cycling titles in the keirin and sprint in Moscow.

Her showing in those UCI World Junior Track Cycling Championships also included a silver medal in the time trial and a new world record of 11.093 in the 200-metre time trial portion of the sprint competition. Her graduation to senior competition continued seamlessly in 2010 as, riding for Wales, she won two medals at the Commonwealth Games as well as returning from the UEC European Under-23 Track Championships in Saint Petersburg, Russia, with a world title in the sprint and silvers in the time trial and team sprint, with Williamson.

As she entered 2011, her first UCI Track Cycling World Cup medal came in Beijing in January with a keirin bronze and, after a gold in the team sprint with Jess Varnish at that summer’s UEC Under-23 European Track Cycling Championships in Anadia, Portugal she also won a silver in the 500-metre time trial at the same championships. Coming of age in 2013 at the European and World Cycling Championships with 4 medals including gold medals  in the Sprint and Keirin, James followed this up with two further medals at the 2014 World Cycling Championships in Cali.

However in 2014 she endured a cancer scare and career-threatening injuries to her knee and shoulder. This left Becky’s cycling dreams in jeopardy, but after two years of uncertainty, James made a successful return to cycling in time for Rio 2016. Warming up with a medal in the Kierin at the 2016 World Championships in London, James’ showing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games included two silver medals and in doing so she announced herself as a leading contender for the world’s best track cyclist and one of the greatest female track cyclists ever to have raced for Team GB.

To book Becky James as the sports speaker for your corporate event, conference or function simply contact the Champions Olympic Speakers agency using the contact details below.

When at corporate events Becky is known to cover the following topics:

  • Drive & Determination
  • Peak Performance
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Performing Under Pressure
  • Teamwork & Motivation

Olympic Games

  • Silver medal – 2016 Rio de Janeiro, Keirin
  • Silver medal – 2016 Rio de Janeiro, Sprint

World Championships

  • Gold medal – 2013 Minsk, Sprint
  • Gold medal – 2013 Minsk, Keirin
  • Bronze medal – 2013 Minsk, Team sprint
  • Bronze medal – 2013 Minsk, 500 m time trial
  • Bronze medal – 2014 Cali, Team sprint
  • Bronze medal – 2014 Cali, Keirin
  • Bronze medal – 2016 London, Keirin

European Championships

  • Bronze medal – 2013 Apeldoorn, Team sprint

Commonwealth Games (Representing Wales)

  • Silver medal – 2010 Delhi, Sprint
  • Bronze medal – 2010 Delhi, Time trial
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