‘Congratulations, Mum!’ Dame Sarah Storey’s daughter, 8, celebrates as they’re reunited via video link hours she wins 17th gold to become UK’s most successful Paralympian EVER
- Dame Sarah Stoney has made British Paralympics history in Tokyo, Japan
- Her latest victory is her 17th gold medal won in her glittering Paralympics career
- Daughter Louisa Marie, eight, congratulated her mother on GMB this morning
- Says she was ‘amazed’ by mum’s defence of her women’s C4-5 road race title
Dame Sarah Storey’s eight-year-old daughter says she ‘powers ahead’ of her mum when they ride bikes together after the Paralympian became the most successful in British history.
The 43-year-old clinched a record-breaking 17th Paralympic gold medal in the the C4-5 road race this morning, eclipsing Mike Kenny who held the title of Team GB’s greatest Paralympian since 1988.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain today from Tokyo, the mother celebrated her win with daughter Louisa Marie and husband Barney, who spoke to the Paralympian from their home in Disley, Cheshire.
When asked her reaction to her mother’s 17th gold, Louisa said: ‘Congratulations, Mum.’
Dame Sarah Storey is pictured celebrating winning the gold medal in the Women’s C4-5 Road Race at the Fuji International Speedway during day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
Daughter Louisa Marie and husband Barney spoke to the Paralympian from their home in Disley, Cheshire where the eight-year-old said says she ‘powers ahead’ of her mum when they ride bikes together
Host Ben Shepherd asked: ‘Louisa, do you go on bike rides on mum? Does she make you go faster?’
To which to little girl replied: ‘Well, I’m actually powering ahead up the hill.’
The former swimmer-turned-cycling star – whose first five golds came in the pool at the start of Paralympic career at Barcelona in 1992, now holds 28 medals.
Dame Sarah has now won all 13 bike events entered dating back to her Games debut on two wheels in Beijing in 2008.
The 43-year-old clinched a record-breaking 17th Paralympic gold medal in the the C4-5 road race, eclipsing Mike Kenny who held the title of Team GB’s greatest Paralympian since 1988
The mother-of-two Storey said her Paralympic journey has been a ‘whirlwind’ and shared her excitement at returning home to her family.
‘I’ll be home tomorrow evening,’ she said. ‘I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity in the first place.’
Louisa said that she hasn’t managed to watch the full race yet, but is ‘amazed’ at her mum’s performance in the event.
However Barney watched the event in the early hours of the morning with their youngest son Charlie, admitting he was trying his best not to become ‘too animated and wake the kids up’.
‘It’s not the most enjoyable experience ever,’ he said. ‘It’s everything you can’t control.
‘I have no doubt in Sarah’s ability. All you need is a tack on the road and you have a puncture. Those are what nerves are about, not about Sarah’s ability at all.’
Host Ben Shepherd asked: ‘Louisa, do you go on bike rides on mum? Does she make you go faster?’ To which to little girl replied: ‘Well, i’m actually powering ahead up the hill!’
The mum went on to praise her family for the support they have given her while training throughout the pandemic
Dame Sarah went on to praise her family for the support they have given her while training throughout the pandemic.
‘It’s hugely important, especially in the past 18 months. We have learned to live with so may requirements and that meant we had to make really tricky decisions about how to manage time when he kids broke up from school,’ she said.
‘They just took it on the chin, they know what it means to be super hygienic and the family induced lockdown.
‘They’re such good buddies together and make it so easy to focus on racing, and it’s just amazing they grasped just how important it was and were able to support me.’
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