Olympian and cyclist J. R. Shand retires

Q.  Joanna Rowsell Shand is an Olympic winner associated with which sports?
- Published on 16 Mar 17

a. Cycling
b. Swimming
c. Weight lifting
d. Discus throw

ANSWER: Cycling
Olympian and cyclist J. R. Shand retiresJoanna Rowsell Shand has announced her retirement at the age of 28.

She is stepping away from elite cycling with two Olympic gold medals and five world titles in the locker.

Primarily a track rider, Rowsell Shand formed an integral part of the British women's team pursuit squad.

The team pushed the discipline to new heights, helping to stretch the world record time and again.

That benchmark now stands at 4:10.236 - the ride that won the gold in Rio this summer - while the gold medal ride from London 2012 set the final world record for the 3km distance, before it was increased to four kilometres in 2013.

About Joanna Rowsell Shand
  • Rowsell Shand was spotted by British Cycling's talent programme at the age of 15 and, after taking junior national titles on the track in 2005 and 2006, she stepped up to senior level in 2007 at the age of 18.
  • In 2008 she won her first elite gold medal, forming part of a triumphant women's team pursuit quartet at the World Championships.
  • She battled back alopecia and glandular fever to return to full fitness in time for the all-important Olympic year in 2012.
  • Shand won the team pursuit world title again before claiming Olympic gold in London at her first Games.
  • She also won the team pursuit title at the Worlds for a fourth time, before winning her first and only elite individual titles - at the Worlds and then the Commonwealth Games.
  • Shand's team won gold and broke the world record, at the Rio Olympics.

  • Medals won:

  • 5 World Titles,
  • 4 European Titles, Commonwealth Gold and
  • 2 Olympic Golds
  • Multiple World Cup and National Championship medals across both team and individual events

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