Bradley Wiggins – The Most Decorated British Olympian – No More

Our Olympic Quotation of the Day

3rd August 2012

Bradley Wiggins - The Most Decorated British Olympian

(As of 7th August 2012, Bradley Wiggins is no longer the most decorated British Olympian. That honour now belongs to Sir Chris Hoy. Although both have 7 Olympic Medals, Bradley has 4 Golds, a Silver and 2 Bronze, whereas, Sir Chris Hoy has 6 Golds and One Silver and becomes the most decorated British Olympian on ‘Gold Difference’.)

Bradley Wiggins, now the most decorated British Olympic Athlete with 7 medals, four of them Gold, is the source of today’s quotations.  Roger Lamb, a very good friend and associate of mine – and my Business Coach – is always talking of the importance of having a great coach.  Bradley seems to agree with you, Roger;

“A few years ago I was failing as an athlete, I never really fulfilled my potential and I think the last few years with the right people around me (Team Sky) I’ve started to realize my potential.”

Commenting on the closing stages of the Tour de France;

“My concentration had gone, I knew it [the race] was pretty much over, for the first time in the whole race I thought I might have won the Tour.”

 “We try not to get carried away with emotion. It’s all about performance and we’re very business like at this stage.”

That’s the thing about athletes, particularly, the really successful ones.  Athletics is their business and it’s all about the discipline of doing what needs to be done and keeping your focus on the job in hand.  That’s just the way we need to be in business, isn’t it?

Interestingly, Roger also wondered how long Bradley may hold this title? Particularly, as Chris Hoy holds 6 medals and has other events to come.

 A Bit About Bradley Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins relaxes in the winner's throne after the men's cycling time trial

Born on the 28th April 1980, Bradley Wiggins is a professional track and road racing cyclist, riding for the UCI ProTeam Team Sky. He started his career on the track, but has now moved on to road cycling, becoming one of the few cyclists to achieve success in both disciplines.

As most of us know, he won the 2012 Tour de France, making him the first British winner in the 99 year history of the Tour.

Among his many accomplishments, Bradley holds two outstanding achievements: He’s the only person to have won the Tour de France and an Olympic Gold Medal in the same year and he’s the only person to have won a Grand Tour and an Olympic Gold Medal in track cycling.

Bradley Wiggins is now the most successful British athlete and Olympic cyclist of all-time with seven Olympic medals, including four Gold’s – but he’s already set his sights on Gold Medal number 5 in four year’s time.  That would match the record of 5 Gold Medals held by Sir Steve Redgrave.

He originally specialised in the Pursuit and Madison events, and gradually moved towards road racing. He’s won six cycling World Championships, his first in 2003 and the most recent in 2008. He won a Bronze Medal at the 2000 Olympic Games, three additional medals at the 2004 Olympics, two Golds at the 2008 Olympics and one Gold at the London Olympics this year.

Bradley Wiggins on His Way to Winning the Tour de France

Other notable results include fourth at the 2009 Tour de France which, at that time was the joint highest placed finish by a British rider in Tour history. He was hired as the leader for the new Team Sky in 2010 and won the opening stage of the 2010 Giro d’Italia. He won his first major stage race victory at the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné.

With a 3rd place in the 2011 Vuelta a España, Bradley became one of only three British riders to make the podium in a Grand Tour. Just ten days later he won the Silver Medal in the time trial at the 2011 UCI Road World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark.

He demonstrated excellent form in 2012, winning the 2012 Paris–Nice, the 2012 Tour de Romandie, and the 2012 Critérium du Dauphiné before going on to win the big two we mentioned, earlier.

Well done Bradley!

Have a great one,

Steve Bimpson 

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