After just missing out on selection for the London 2012 Olympic Games, Ashlee Ankudinoff’s determination to realise her Olympic dream has paid off with the Sydney cyclist to make her Olympic debut in Rio in the women’s team pursuit.
A dual junior World Champion in 2008, Ankudinoff progressed to the elite ranks where she claimed bronze at the 2009 World Championships before claiming Australia’s first ever women’s team pursuit world title (with Tomic and Kent) in 2010.
Ankudinoff made her Commonwealth Games debut in 2010 where she competed in both the individual pursuit (9th) and scratch race (7th).
A silver and bronze at the 2013 and 2014 World Championships was followed by some history at the 2015 event. Ankudinoff lined up alongside Rio 2016 teammates Melissa Hoskins, Annette Edmondson and Amy Cure in the team pursuit where the quartet not only won gold but broke the world record to end Britain’s four-year dominance of the event. In 2016, the team finished fifth.
Off the track Ankudinoff is studying a Bachelor of Sports Business at the Australian College of Physical Education.
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Cycling - Track
Team Pursuit Women
Greenacre, NSW, Australia
Menai, NSW, Australia
- Rio will be Olympic debut.
- 5th (team pursuit) - 2016 World Championships (London, UK)
- 1st (team pursuit) – 2015/16 World Cup (Cambridge, New Zealand)
- 1st (team pursuit) - 2015 World Championships (Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines, France)
- 2nd (team pursuit) – 2014/15 World Cup (London, UK)
- 2nd (team pursuit) – 2013 World Championships (Minsk, Belarus)
- Winning the 2010 team pursuit world championship in Denmark.
- Becoming World Team Pursuit World Champion and World Record Holder in 2015
- Winning Individual Pursuit bronze at the 2012 World Championships
- Menai Primary School (NSW, Australia)
- Kirrawee High School (NSW, Australia)
- Bachelor of Sports Business - Australian College of Physical Education (2009 - current)
Gary Sutton (2007- current) Brad Mcgee (2012 - current)
Primary Training Base
Secondary Training Base
- Favourite food
- Favourite holiday destination
- Favourite music
- Anything with a good beat
- Dream car
- Black sport land rover with cream leather interior.
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- Nose piercing 2 piercings in each ear
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Soccer or Rowing
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- My mum
- Why this sport?
- Love the social aspect of riding and also the thrill of riding on a 40+ degree track