Olympic bronze medallist Annette Edmondson will compete at her second Olympic Games having proven herself as one of the world’s best riders since her Olympic debut. Now 24, Edmondson began cycling at 13 having been identified by the South Australian Sports Institute as having the physical attributes of a cyclist and she has never looked back.
Edmondson won multiple junior World Championship medals before she finished with silver at her first senior World Championships in 2012 as a part of the team pursuit. Soon after she was selected for her first Olympic Team and was hoping to go one better in London. The team missed the gold medal race off by less than a tenth of a second and eventually finished fourth . Edmondson bounced back in the Omnium event, finishing in the top four in five of the six events to win bronze.
After a silver and four bronze medals between the 2013 and 2014 World Championships, Edmondson became a dual world champion in 2015. Lining up alongside Ashlee Ankudinoff, Amy Cure and Melissa Hoskins, the quartet broke the world record by almost three seconds to win gold and ensure they ended Britain’s four-year dominance of the event. She would back up to claim her first Omnium title by a healthy 16 point margin over London 2012 gold medallist Laura Trott.
Despite colliding with a car and being hospitalised just a fortnight out from the 2016 World Championships, Edmondson was not going to miss the crucial Rio 2016 lead-in event. Unfortunately the crash ensured she was below her best and she finished fifth in both the team pursuit and Omnium in London.
Following the London Games, Edmondson began to split her time riding on the track and riding on the road. Across three Road World Championships she has finished with a silver, bronze and fourth place finish in the team time trial event. She will be one of nine sets of siblings in Rio, with her brother Alex also a strong medal chance with the men’s team pursuit team.
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Cycling - Track
Omnium Women, Team Pursuit Women
Adelaide, SA, Australia
Adelaide, SA, Australia
- 2012 London - 3rd (Omnium); 4th (Team Pursuit)
- 5th (team pursuit) 5th (omnium) - 2016 World Championships (London, UK)
- 1st (team pursuit) 1st (omnium) – 2015/16 World Cup (Cambridge, New Zealand)
- 1st (team pursuit) 1st (omnium) - 2015 World Championships (Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines, France)
- 2nd (team pursuit) - 2015 Australian Championships
- 3rd (team pursuit) - 2014 World Championships (Cali, Colombia)
- 2012 London Olympic Bronze Medal
- 2015 World Champion in both the Omnium and Team Pursuit
- Team Pursuit World Record in 2015
- Victor Harbor Primary School & St John's Grammar School (SA, Australia)
- St John's Grammar School (SA, Australia)
Gary Sutton (2011 - current)
Primary Training Base
- No new shoes on tables
- Favourite food
- Roast lamb
- Favourite holiday destination
- Lombok, Indonesia
- Favourite music
- The Beautiful Girls
- Dream car
- A yellow one
- Personal Motto
- Be the change you wish to see in the world Everything will be alright in the end. If it's not alright, it's not the end.
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- A Kit Kat Chunky
- 2 piercings in each ear
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- First Olympic Memory?
- Cathy Freeman's Gold in 2000
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- My parents
- Why this sport?
- A Talent Search Program told me to