Posted: 16 October, 2016
Anna Meares Retires From Cycling
What a champion!
Two-time Olympic gold medallist Anna Meares has officially confirmed her retirement from cycling, and will go down as one of the greatest female track cyclists in history.
With 11 world titles, 35 national champtionships and six Olympic medals under her belt, Meares will now move into a media and charity role after deciding her body is unable to ride on.
Meares revealed that she needed six cortisone injections to her spine to compete in the Rio Olympics.
She posted the following announcement on social media earlier this afternoon.
"22 years (2/3 of my life)
15 years at the elite senior level
6 Olympic medals (incl 2 Gold)
27 World Championship medals
(incl 11 gold. Most by any woman in the world)
8 Commonwealth medals (incl 5 gold)
35 National titles
Ridden 8 world records and four Commonwealth records
Olympic 500m record holder
Only women to have ridden world records in all three timed events (500m, 200m & Team Sprint)
Only woman in the world to have won World Titles in every sprint discipline
Only woman in the world to medal at the Olympics in all four sprint disciplines
Most Olympic medals won by an Australian cyclist
Only Australian to medal in 4 consecutive Olympics in individual events for any sport
First woman to win Olympic Gold for Australia on the Velodrome (at the age of 20)
First women to ride sub 34 and sub 33 seconds for the 500m Time Trial
Order of Australia Medallist
Oppy Cyclist of the year twice
AIS inductee 'Best of the best'
AIS athlete of the year twice
SA athlete of the year four times
ISWIS Leadership Legend award winner
ISWIS Athlete of the year twice
2014 Australian Commonwealth Games flag bearer
2016 Australian Olympic team captain and flag bearer
But the best is just having the opportunity to ride for Australia, to represent my country, to wear green and gold. How fortunate is that?
Thank you to all for the love and support and following of my career. Thank you to my team, my Coach Gary West and Manager Francine Pinnuck, the CA HPU Program, the AIS and Sports Commision, QAS and SASI, my sponsors both past and present, to my dearest friends, my beloved family, Bruce the beagle and of course THANK YOU AUSTRALIA ❤️
Time for a new path
#retirement #33 #proud #happy #satisfied #newpath #newadventures"