One of Britain’s most decorated Olympians Sir Bradley Wiggins looks set to return to sport but this time he’s ditching the bike for a rowing boat. With five cycling gold medals to his name, he announced his retirement from the sport after the Rio 2016 games and initially took up rowing as a way to keep up his fitness.
Switching sports is a highly unusual, but not unheard-of move and he first discussed doing so in his 2012 autobiography. Sir Bradley now has intentions to compete at the British Indoor Rowing Championships in December.
He said: “I might be being a bit delusional, but the times suggest I’m not. I’m going to see how far I can take it. Maybe a sixth Olympic gold?”
That really would be an astonishing feat and if the 37-year-old makes it to Tokyo in 2020 let alone medals it would go down in sporting history. It is not the first time he has tried something new to great success.
With the former cyclist having regularly switched between track and road racing over the course of his 15-year professional career, he is not averse to change. However, learning a whole new discipline to Olympic standard will evidently be more of a challenge.
Despite it being an unusual move, it is not completely unheard of. In fact Champions Olympic Speaker Rebecca Romero MBE became the first British person to win Olympic medals in two different sports.
At the 2004 Olympics in Athens Rebecca won a silver medal in the Quadruple sculls rowing event before switching sports and winning gold at the 2008 Bejing Olympics as a cyclist.
Whatever the outcome of Sir Bradley’s venture into rowing, no one can take away the eight Olympic medals he already to his name, more than any other British athlete.
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