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Rebecca is a very unique athlete. Already an Olympic silver medallist and World Champion in the sport of rowing, Rebecca took up cycling with the aim of achieving the same elite standard. In a rapid rise through the ranks in track cycling she shattered British records and became double World Champion and Olympic Champion all within two and a half years in the sport. This made her the first British women and only the second woman in history to medal in two different summer Olympic sports.

  • Height: 6.0”/181cm

    Weight: 73kg

    Arm span: 75”/191cm

    Inside leg: 35”/89cm

    VO2 max:  4.45

    HR max: 190bpm

    Rower: 1998 – 2005

    2km ergo PB: 6:40.2

    2km 1x PB: 7:32

    Discipline: Predominantly sculling, then bow side sweep, can row stroke side too

    Favourite position: Stroke

    Favourite boat type: Pair (2-)

    Favourite training location: Kingston-Upon-Thames

    Favourite racing location: Munich/Duisberg

    Memorable moment: Leading Ekaterina Karston, the multiple World and Olympic Champ to 1500m by a length in my single at the Hazewinkle World Cup in 2002.  Lost by a length!

    Best thing about rowing: Side by side racing

    Worst thing about rowing: Early morning training

    Cyclist: 2006 – 2011

    3km IP PB: 3:27.7

    3km IP PB avg watts: 425w

    10mile TT PB: 20:44min

    10mile TT PB avg watts PB: 360w

    Discipline: Track Endurance (pursuit) and occasional Road Time Trial

    Favourite road training location: Boulder, Colorado

    Favourite racing location: Manchester

    Favourite track: Palma-de-Mallorca

    Memorable moment: Becoming World Champion in the Individual Pursuit in Manchester 2008

  • Rebecca Romero MBE:

    Rebecca Romero is a unique athlete. She is one of only two women to have ever won Olympic medals in two different sports (Rowing 2004 and Cycling 2008), and the only Briton, male or female to do so.

    Rebecca started rowing aged 17 at Kingston Rowing Club, and within eight months had progressed from being a novice to being in the GB Juniors Squad. Within three years she had become U23 World Champion.

    In 2001 Rebecca gained her first senior vest when she was selected in the quadruple sculls for the World Championships.  They made the final.  2002 and 2003 would also see credible performances in World Championship finals, but it was 2004 that would prove to be Rebecca’s breakthrough year.

    After a year of ranking in the top two in every domestic trial and assessment, Rebecca was selected into the quadruple scull again, the top ranked sculling boat. She had a very successful international racing season collecting two gold medals and a silver, and winning the World Cup Series overall.

    Her first World medal was then achieved at the Olympic Games in Athens when Rebecca’s crew took a silver medal, just behind the more senior and vastly more experienced German crew.
    2005 was the start of a new Olympiad and saw the start of a new campaign for Olympic Gold. Rebecca was part of a newly formed quad combination and for the second year running they won the overall World Cup Series. The final of the World Championships was a re-run of the 2004 Olympic final. Again the two favourites, Great Britain and Germany were coming head to head, but this time however the result was reversed, Great Britain winning the final by 0.3 seconds, and Rebecca collecting her first World Championship title.

    However, during the 2005 season Rebecca got injured and during her time out rehabbing from the injury, she decided it was time to start moving onto something new. It was at this point, she had contact with British Cycling, and following a series of tests was told she had the potential to succeed at the highest level in cycling.  In April 2006 Rebecca started the second part of her amazing career training as a cyclist with the aim of participating in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

    Five months into it Rebecca competed in her first major competition, the British Time Trial Championships. Having only practiced a handful of time trials, she shocked both herself and the cycling world by winning! In her first ever cycling race she had become British Champion!

    In December 2006 and now settled into her targeted Olympic discipline of track cycling, Rebecca won a silver medal in the Individual Pursuit at the World Cup in Moscow, her international cycling debut. Rebecca’s rapid rise up the world cycling ranks continued in 2007 when she won her first Cycling World Championship medal with silver in the Individual Pursuit. The following year, at the 2008 World Championships held in Manchester, she won Gold in both the Individual and Team Pursuit events, just two years after she had started cycling!

    The season then culminated in the Beijing Olympic Games where Rebecca won gold in the velodrome, becoming Olympic Champion in the Individual Pursuit.  In addition to this she also finished in 11th place in the Points Race, her first ever attempt at competing in that track cycling event!

    Rebecca was keen to build on her Beijing Olympic performance and set her sights high, targeting two gold medals at the London Olympics. Unfortunately she was hit with huge disappointment as both the Individual Pursuit and Points Race were cut from the Olympic programme after a radical overhaul of events by the International Cycling Federation.

    She was determined to battle on and reinvent herself as a road Time Trial rider, only to be met with more disappointment as more changes were introduced.  This time, changes to the qualification criteria for the road events saw an end to her Time Trial ambitions.  Her final Olympic opportunity meant a return to the track, however after a lengthy period of inconsistency due to the event changes, and after a series of unfortunate setbacks at crucial times, Rebecca made the difficult decision to step down from the Olympic team because she knew she was no longer on a pathway that would see her achieve Olympic success.

  • 2008
    Olympic Champion – 3km Individual Pursuit
    World Champion – 3km Individual Pursuit
    World Champion – Womens Team Pursuit

    Silver Medal World Track Championships – 3km Individual Pursuit
    British Champion – 3km Individual Pursuit

    British Time Trial Champion

    World Champion – Womens Quad Sculls
    Overall World Cup Winner – Womens Quad Sculls

    Olympic Silver Medallist – Womens Quad Sculls
    Overall World Cup Winner – Womens Quad Sculls
    Princess Grace Challenge Cup – Henley Royal Regatta

    4th Place World Championships
    World Cup Silver Medallist

    5th Place World Championship
    World Cup Silver Medallist
    U23 British Indoor Rowing Champion

    5th Place World Championship
    World Cup Silver Medallist
    U23 British Indoor Rowing Champion

    U23 World Champion
    4th Place World University Rowing Championships
    National Champion – Rowing

    Commonwealth Games Silver Medal
    4th Place U23 World Championships
    Winner Women’s Henley Regatta

    Disqualified for steering impediment from Silver Medal at Junior World Championships
    Winner Women’s Henley Regatta
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