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Olympic medallist Joanna Rowsell is knocked off her bike

Olympic cycling curse strikes again, as golden girl Rowsell is knocked off her bike

By
Peter Scott

PUBLISHED:

22:53 GMT, 6 April 2013

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UPDATED:

22:53 GMT, 6 April 2013

Sportsmail's
Joanna Rowsell, who won a gold medal for Britain at the London
Olympics, has been knocked off her bike by a car, the latest of several
British Olympians to have accidents on the road.

Rowsell told her 25,000 Twitter
followers that she been knocked off her bike on Saturday morning, the
first time it had happened to her in 9 years of cycling.

She told said: 'I am OK. No serious injuries, just cuts and bruises. Bike came off worst.'

Golden girl: Joanna Rowsell poses with Olympic gold

Golden girl: Joanna Rowsell poses with Olympic gold

She also thanked her followers for their messages of support.

Rowsell, was part of the team that won pursuit gold at the London Olympics, alongside Laura Trott and Dani King.

Other Olympians have also been knocked off their bikes since the Games.

Sir Bradley Wiggins was hit while training last year, and then coach Shane Sutton was involved in a crash the following day.

London 2012 Olympics: Paracyclists are raring to go – Joanna Rowsell

Back to the golden Velodrome! Britain's paracyclists are flying

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UPDATED:

22:28 GMT, 28 August 2012

For the next few days I will be back in the Olympic Park as a pundit for Channel 4, covering the paracycling, and I can’t wait. Just being back there last week for a few minutes made the memories flood back.

It is going to be great being on the other side, talking about athletes I train with, who are my friends. I’m desperate for them to do well and I have no doubt that they will.

The few people I’ve been in touch with from the team have told me everyone is flying. We won 17 gold medals at the Beijing Paralympics in cycling and will surely come close to that — or even do better. I’m expecting lots of gold medals and hopefully lots of world records. And it will be fun giving the viewers the inside track — excuse the pun — on their success.

Dream team: Joanna Rowsell (right) won gold at the Olympics

Dream team: Joanna Rowsell (right) won gold at the Olympics

The two main things that hit you in the velodrome are the heat and the noise. The heat is easy to prepare for. Like our Olympic team, the Paralympic squad will have had the velodrome at the preparation camp in Newport set to the same temperature as London — between 28 and 29 degrees. So they will be prepared for that.

What hits you though is the noise. Only a couple of hundred people watch training in Newport but the roar when the gun goes during the Games is incredible. It fills you with adrenaline and you have to be careful not to get carried away and start too fast. It’s tempting but you must pace yourself.

As long as our paracyclists do, there will be plenty of gold. It’s a fantastic team. Here’s some of the best to look out for…

SARAH STOREY

Sarah is a good friend of mine and trained with me and the other Olympic team pursuit girls until the end of last year. She is so fast that she was close to selection for the Olympics — her flying lap is no slower than mine.

It’s just that because she has a
partly-formed left hand, she is slower off the start than Dani King and
Laura Trott and me. But she won the World Cup event in Manchester last
year with me. Slower starts are often the reason for the times between
Olympic and Paralympic athletes but there are generally just a few
seconds between us. For example, Chris Hoy’s 1km time trial best is only
six seconds faster than his Paralympian equivalent Jody Cundy and Jody
only has one leg.

Sprint demon: Great Britain's Sarah Storey will be going for gold

Sprint demon: Great Britain's Sarah Storey will be going for gold

Sarah is my hero. She won five Paralympic golds as a swimmer before switching to cycling — the first when she was just 14 — and works so hard.
She drives me on during training, she is super strong and she has a great chance of winning four golds because she’s world champion in all the events she’s entering.

JON-ALLAN BUTTERWORTH

Jon lost his left arm while serving in Iraq in 2007 and only took up cycling two years later through the Battle Back programme.

It
is an amazing story and he now holds two world records. A few of us
were surprised when he qualified for the team sprint ahead of Jody Cundy
but that shows just how good he is as Jody has two Paralympic golds to
his name.

DARREN KENNY

First things first, Darren is not a relation of Olympic champion Jason. But he is the Sir Chris Hoy of Paralympic cycling. Darren is 42, a really nice guy and is going for five golds in London. He holds the world and Paralympic records in all of the events. It is impressive for someone who only took up Paracycling when he was 30.

Going for gold: Darren Kenny wants five medals in London

Going for gold: Darren Kenny wants five medals in London

THE MEN’S TANDEM TEAMS

Barney Storey is Sarah’s husband and the pilot for Neil Fachie, who is visually impaired.

In the tandem, a fully-sighted cyclist sits on the front steering and the visually impaired athlete — called the stoker — sits on the back, generating most of the power. Both riders’ pedals are connected so they are perfectly in sync.

Funnily enough, their main rivals for gold in the 1km time trial and the sprint are Barney’s old partner Anthony Kappes. Anthony’s pilot is Craig MacLean, who won silver at the Olympics with Chris Hoy and Jason Queally in 2000.

The pilot does all the steering and tactical thinking and will often shout to say when making a move in the sprint. Occasionally the stoker will rest their head on the rider in front for extra connection, to feel the muscle tension.

The race between the two British tandems will be one of the closest at the Games.

They were barely separable at the world championships this year, with Craig and Anthony just coming out on top, so prepare for a real battle.

AILEEN MCGLYNN AND HELEN SCOTT

Helen is another very close friend of mine. She just chats and chats forever. She was part of the Olympic sprint academy a few years ago but lost her place, so she moved across to piloting for Paralympians.

She rides on the front of the tandem, guiding Aileen, who is partially-sighted. Aileen won two golds in Beijing with a different partner but she and Helen have a point to prove after missing out on gold at the world championships this year. I’m backing them to win gold.

London 2012 Paralympics: Joanna Rowsell urges people to cycle

Let's get pedalling! Olympic champion Rowsell urges Brits to join the fun

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 27 August 2012

Olympic gold medallist Joanna Rowsell is urging spectators to cycle to the Olympic Park to watch the Paralympics.

Rowsell, who won team pursuit gold alongside Dani King and Laura Trott, said: ‘Cycling is a fantastic way of keeping fit, regardless of age or ability. With spaces for more than 7,000 bikes, guided rides and free repairs, there’s every reason to get out there and start pedalling.’

Golden girls: Pursuit team Dani King, Laura Trott, and Joanna Rowsell

Golden girls: Pursuit team Dani King, Laura Trott, and Joanna Rowsell

London 2012 Olympics: Joanna Rowsell on her women"s team pursuit gold

Wow! How on earth will I ever top this

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23:56 GMT, 5 August 2012

Joanna Rowsell was part of the women's pursuit team who won gold in the Velodrome on Saturday.

Here, the Sportsmail columnist describes her experience.

GOLDEN FEELING

I was woken up on Sunday by a 6.45am alarm to do BBC Breakfast — but it was OK because the first thing I saw was a gold medal on the bedside table. It’s bigger and heavier than I thought. It weighs you down a bit. It has been crazy since we won the team pursuit. For starters, we’ve had police with us wherever we have been.

We went to do some shopping and they made us put our medals, which we had been wearing round our necks all morning, in a safe at Team GB House even though we were happy to put them in our pockets. I didn’t like it but it was the right call as we could barely walk two metres without everyone saying ‘Hi’ and asking for pictures.

Golden girls: Dani King, Laura Trott, and Joanna Rowsell celebrate their victory in the women's team pursuit

Golden girls: Dani King, Laura Trott, and Joanna Rowsell celebrate their victory in the women's team pursuit

PERFECT PREPARATION

We had such a big gap over the others in qualifying it was hard to not be complacent. On Saturday, because we only had an hour between races — normally it’s around five — we had to devise a recovery plan before the final. We called it the Golden Hour and it involved a 10-minute warm-down, then a chill-out period with a cool towel around our necks and the special hot pants on our legs to keep our muscles warm. Then, just before the race, a warm-up.

WHAT A RACE!

The crowd were so loud I had to block them out at the start as I didn’t want to go out too fast. Our coach stands up from the finish line if we’re riding better times than we are supposed to and down from the line if we’re off schedule. He was standing well up from the line in the first few laps so we knew we were doing well.

Fast as lightening: The pursuit team broke the world record as they stormed to glory in the Velodrome

Fast as lightening: The pursuit team broke the world record as they stormed to glory in the Velodrome

DESPERATE FOR DAN

After the victory laps, I was trying to find my boyfriend, Dan, in the crowd. All these people were cheering so I figured I could just pretend I’d gone to wave at them if I couldn’t find him. Luckily I did.

SOAKING IT UP

We only had about five minutes to get ready for the podium and were in a tiny room trying to make ourselves look nice. Thankfully one of the American girls had a make-up bag and was letting us use it. The organisers were reading us instructions for the ceremony but we weren’t paying attention. So when we got off the podium, we stepped the wrong way. It was great up there — it’s the only point you really get to take it all in.

Proud as punch: Sportsmail's Rowsell poses with her gold medal at what is her first Olympic Games

Proud as punch: Sportsmail's Rowsell poses with her gold medal at what is her first Olympic Games

HAIR HOPES

I knew before the race it was International Alopecia Day. It was a bit of a spooky coincidence. I didn’t have time to think about putting a wig on for the podium and I don’t mind not having one on in the Velodrome. I feel comfortable there and never think about all the people watching on TV. I’ve had the condition since I was 10 so I’m used to it. You will have seen I have hair on some parts of my head and they are just the bits that still grow. I know it looks a bit silly at the moment but I don’t want to cut them off as I’m hoping the rest of it will grow.

HAPPY FAMILIES

After all the interviews, Laura (Trott) went back to rest as she has the omnium to compete in. Dani and I came back to Team GB House. As we came out of the lift there were big cheers and our families were lined up to welcome us. Then it was more media till 11.45pm, back to the village and McDonald’s at 1.30am. Then Dani and I watched the race back on the internet as it’s tough to remember what you were doing.

Happy families: The three women celebrate their stunning win at the Velodrome

Happy families: The three women celebrate their stunning win at the Velodrome

THANKS, GUYS

I couldn’t have done any of this without my team-mates. Laura is the youngest at 20. She’s tiny so she gets lots of protection when she’s behind, which is great because she can save lots of energy for a big burst. She’s really loud and bubbly and not afraid to say what she thinks. Dani is 21 and the best of us at pace control, which is so important. She’s great at keeping things light-hearted if it gets a bit tense or tough. Wendy (Houvenaghel) didn’t get to ride but was so important to our success. We couldn’t have done it without her advice and support.

THE FUTURE

I’m going to stick around to watch Laura, go to the closing ceremony and then it will be off to anywhere with a beach. After that, I want to carry on but I don’t know how I will ever top this: first Olympics, gold medal, world record. And who knows if the team pursuit will still be in the Olympics in Rio. They might include the individual pursuit too and I won that at the Test event, so that would be a new challenge.

London 2012 Olympics: GB girls soundly beaten by North Korea in first round of table tennis

GB girls beaten by North Korea in first round of table tennis

PUBLISHED:

18:13 GMT, 3 August 2012

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UPDATED:

18:13 GMT, 3 August 2012

Olympics 2012

Great Britain's women fell at the first hurdle in the team event at the London 2012 Olympics.

The girls' task was always going to be difficult given they were alongside the bottom eight seeds in the 16-team draw.

Yet Joanna Parker, Kelly Sibley and Na
Liu were buoyed last week by being tied with the lowest-ranked potential
opponent in North Korea – not that it made any difference.

Focused: Great Britain's Joanna Parker

Focused: Great Britain's Joanna Parker

The British trio – sitting 119th, 177th and 153rd in the rankings respectively – were soundly beaten by the Asian powerhouse, whose side comprised of Ri Myong-Sun, Kim Jong and Ri Mi-Gyong.

That means the men – Paul Drinkhall, Liam Pitchford and Andrew Baggaley – are the only players flying the flag for British table tennis at the Games.

They face a tricky encounter against Portugal in the last 16 this evening.

The difficulty was always likely to prove too much given all of the British women's opponents sit above Parker in the ITTF rankings.

In an opening match pitting similar players against one another, Parker and Ri Myong-Sun were happy to contest long rallies as they chopped the ball back and forth.

Too strong: North Korea's Kim Jong (L) and Gyong Ri Mi celebrate

Too strong: North Korea's Kim Jong (L) and Gyong Ri Mi celebrate

While not providing the same level of excitement offered by free-flowing aggressive players, the battle of patience was no less enthralling.

Ri's ability to launch well-timed forehand attacks proved pivotal, however, as she won the opening game.

Parker's calm, defensive approach appeared to be paying off when, after levelling matters, she moved into a 5-3 lead in the third.

Yet a brilliantly-judged North Korea time-out paid dividends as Ri went on to take the game and, in the end, the match as well.

Na's clash with Kim featured considerably more brawn, but not the same level of competitiveness.

Indeed Na, who was raised in China's north-east province of Liaoning before moving to Northern Ireland in 2001, paid the price for making too many unforced errors.

That proved costly as, despite enjoying some good moments, she was eventually beaten in straight games.

The defeat meant Parker and Sibley would have to overcome Kim and Ri to ensure Britain avoided exiting at the earliest possible stage.

They could not have got off to a worse start, with both making a catalogue of errors in an opening game the North Koreans won 11-2.

The Brits came out fighting in the next and were leading as they appeared to find their rhythm, only for Kim and Ri to step on the accelerator again.

After winning the second 11-7, the North Koreans wrapped up a 3-0 success in the game and, as a result, the match by taking the next 11-3.

London 2012 Olympics: Team GB"s Paul Drinkhall makes table tennis second round

Olympic couple: Drinkhall follows girlfriend Parker into table tennis second round

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17:43 GMT, 28 July 2012

Olympics 2012

Paul Drinkhall followed up girlfriend Joanna Parker's success at the London 2012 Olympics on a fine day for British table tennis.

Drinkhall and Parker, Team GB's only representatives in the singles events, got under way in perfect fashion on Saturday.

The latter warmed the crowd with a thumping straight-games first-round victory over Brazil's Caroline Kumahara, leaving the pressure on her partner and team-mate.

Good start: Great Britain's Paul Drinkhall in action on his way to beating Kuwait's Ibrahem Alhasan

Good start: Great Britain's Paul Drinkhall in action on his way to beating Kuwait's Ibrahem Alhasan

Off ti a flyer: Drinkhall celebrates beating Kuwait's Alhasan

Off ti a flyer: Drinkhall celebrates beating Kuwait's Alhasan

Drinkhall then repeated the trick, winning 4-0 (11-9, 12-10, 11-9, 11-4) against Kuwait's Ibrahem Al-Hasan.

He will now meet Zi Yang, of Singapore, in the second round on Sunday.

While the crowd had basked in Parker's success, Drinkhall is undoubtedly the more exciting to watch; the former's defensive style is a throwback to years gone by, while the latter's is full of purpose.

Such intent was evident from the off, with Drinkhall immediately imposing his game upon Al-Hasan.The Kuwaiti looked in trouble in most rallies, though his opponent's positive approach on occasion proved detrimental.

Indeed, Drinkhall did make several unforced errors in the first game and surrendered leads at 8-7 and 9-8.

His riposte was impeccable; a return full of finesse left him serving for a 1-0 lead – something he duly claimed via two powerful forehands.

Al-Hasan, though, had shown heart in beating Saheed Idowu in the preliminary round this morning, and did so again early in the next by taking the first three points.

Yet Drinkhall, like Parker had earlier when under pressure, displayed spirit of his own to win the next five and eventually seal a tight game.

A close-fought third ensued, but Drinkhall once again showed a thirst for delivering when it really counts.

Double delight: Drinkhall's girlfriend Joanna Parker also won her first game

Double delight: Drinkhall's girlfriend Joanna Parker also won her first game

The Middlesbrough-born right-hander was behind for most of the game, but, after levelling things up at 7-7, claimed four of the next six points.

To his credit, Al-Hasan never gave up – though he had no answer to Drinkhall's pressure in the last as the Englishman completed the perfect afternoon by virtue of a dominant game.

LONDON 2012: Team GB women roar into 3km team pursuit final

GB women in hot pursuit of first gold after roaring into London final

To the accompaniment of a deafening roar, Great Britain's women christened London's new Olympic Velodrome by qualifying for Friday night's 3km team pursuit gold medal race-off in the World Cup series event.

The trio of Wendy Houvenaghel, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell took to the track in the 6,000-seat velodrome bolstered by the reception afforded them by a crowd wide-eyed at the splendour of the venue and a track which promises to yield world records.

On track: Riders warm up for the World Cup at the Olympic Velodrome

On track: Riders warm up for the World Cup at the Olympic Velodrome

Having set off at a blistering pace, they faded on the final two laps but still managed to finish second behind a surprisingly quick Canadian team.

Far from being worried by that, the British girls were still buzzing with excitement at the feverish atmosphere.

On track: The British trio of Joanna Roswell, Laura Trott and Wendy Houvenaghel in action on Thursday

On track: The British trio of Joanna Roswell, Laura Trott and Wendy Houvenaghel in action on Thursday

Rowsell said: 'The noise is amazing. When you're racing you try to block everything out but you can't block that amount of noise out.

'I think the world record is possible on this track. Hopefully.'

London 2012: Shanaze Reid adding pounds for BMX

Big could be beautiful! Reade ready to eat her way to Olympic BMX glory

Going for gold: Shanaze Reade

Going for gold: Shanaze Reade

Shanaze Reade, the BMX rider who is one of Britain”s best bets for gold in next summer”s Olympics, is experimenting to see whether piling on the pounds may help her achieve success at London 2012.

The 23-year-old finds it easy putting on or losing weight and is looking to find her ideal weight for the London track.

The start hill is 8m high and Reade and her coach have been working with a nutritionist to see whether weighing an extra couple of pounds could prove decisive.

Reade said: “We already have sports scientists looking at how much the bike weighs but now we are looking athow much I should weigh too for this particular track.

“The Olympic start hill is eight metres high and we are seeing whether my weight should change.

“Ihave a nutritionist, and I can put on or lose weight quite easily, so we are trying strategies in training to see what will be optimum weight.

“Because of how high the start hill is, the weight coming down the hill could be crucial.”

Reade triumphed in the BMX SupercrossWorld Cup round in London in August, which doubled up as a test event for the Olympics, and she believed the design of the track will be an advantage for her.

She added: “All the top riders were there and I won it so it was perfect forme to see where I am at. A lot has been made about how big the track isand how big the jumps are, but I like big because I can open up.”

Leading light: Reade (front) has been in fine form ahead of the Olympics

Leading light: Reade (front) has been in fine form ahead of the Olympics

Oneperson who won”t be watching Reade compete next summer is her mum Joanna. BMX can be a dangerous sport – Reade herself crashed out of the Beijing Olympics in spectacular fashion – and she says her mother is more likely to be walking around the Olympic Park while the race is taking place.

Reade said: “I”ll get two tickets formy family but they don”t generally watch – they get a bit scared. My mum will probably just walk around listening to commentary – she just wants to know I am safe and well, she will not be too bothered about theresult.”

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