Sarah Storey – Cycling

Hometown: Manchester
Sport: Cycling
Event: Track and road (various events)
Games: Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Sarah Storey was born without a functioning left hand, but this did not stop her from playing sport as a child. At the age of 14, she was fast-tracked into Britain's Swimming team for the 1992 Barcelona Paralympic Games and won two Golds, three Silvers and one Bronze medal. Over the next 12 years, she won three more Paralympic Swimming Golds, five more Silvers and two more Bronzes.

After an ear infection stopped her training in the pool, Sarah took to cycling to maintain her fitness. It was then she met her future husband, Barney Storey, who won two Paralympic Gold medals in Beijing as a tandem pilot for blind cyclists.

As a cyclist, Sarah rose quickly through the world rankings and she joined the GB Para-Cycling Team in 2005. At the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, her fifth, Sarah won Gold in the women's Individual Pursuit - in a time that would have been in the top eight at the Olympic final - and in the Road Time Trial.

In 2010, Sarah was selected to represent England at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi and competed against non-disabled athletes. In other non-disabled competitions, Sarah has twice won the 3km Track Pursuit at the National Track Championships and Gold in the Team Pursuit.

At London 2012, Sarah hoped to become the first cyclist ever to compete at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Although she was very close to being selected for Team GB women's pursuit, she lost out on a place. However, she went on to have huge success at the Paralympic Games, winning four Gold medals in the women's Individual C5 Pursuit, the Individual C4-5 500m Time Trial, the Individual C5 Road Time Trial and the Individual C4-5 Road Race. This equalled Tanni Grey-Thompson's amazing record of 11 Paralympic Gold medals! With David Weir, Sarah had the honour of leading the Paralympic athletes into the stadium for the Closing Ceremony.

In the 2013 New Year Honours, Sarah was appointed Dame Sarah Storey.

At Rio 2016, Storey cemented her position as Great Britain´s most decorated female Paralympian, winning three Gold medals to take her total Paralympic medal total of 25 medals, including 14 Gold, eight Silver and three Bronze.