British track cyclist and Olympic speaker Jessica Varnish is probably best known by sports fans as the cyclist who – along with her partner Victoria Pendleton – broke the world team sprint competition record in the 2012 London Olympics but was later relegated in the semi-finals because of a rule infringement.
Despite this technicality, Jess’s career is one of a fiercely competitive rider who has won many medals in some of the most testing cycling tournaments in the world. In 2007 – at just 17 years old – she won a gold medal in the Keirin and a silver in the 500m time trial at the UEC Junior European Track Championships in Germany. In the same year she won a silver in the sprint at the UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships in Mexico.
A year later, this incredible athlete and Olympic speaker won a gold in the team sprint at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester, two more golds in the Keirin and 500m time trial and a sprint bronze at the UEC Junior European Track Championships in Poland.
At the grand old age of 20, Jess won a team sprint gold at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Colombia, and a silver in the same discipline at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Australia. In 2011, she won two more team sprint medals (gold and silver) at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships and the UEC European Track Cycling Championships respectively, both held in Holland.
In the same year as her Olympic disappointment, Jessica won three more gold medals in the team sprint along with a silver and a bronze. Between 2012 and 2016, the Olympic speaker’s medal haul included two silvers and five bronzes.
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