“Congratulations, Mom!” Dame Sarah Storey’s 8-year-old daughter celebrates being reunited via video links and winning 17th gold to become the UK’s most successful Paralympic EVER
- Dame Sarah Stoney made history at the British Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan
- Her latest win is her 17th gold medal in her glittering Paralympic career
- Daughter Louisa Marie, eight, congratulated her mother this morning with GMB
- Says she was ‘amazed’ at her mother’s C4-5 road race title defense
Dame Sarah Storey’s eight-year-old daughter says she ‘gets ahead of her mother’ when they cycle together after the Paralympian became the most successful in British history.
The 43-year-old took a record-breaking 17th Paralympic gold medal in the C4-5 road race this morning, overshadowing Mike Kenny, who held the title of ParalympicsGB’s greatest Paralympian since 1988.
The mother appeared on Good Morning Britain from Tokyo today celebrating her win with daughter Louisa Marie and husband Barney, who spoke to the Paralympic from their home in Disley, Cheshire.
When asked what her reaction was to her mother’s 17th gold, Louisa said, “Congratulations, Mom.”
Dame Sarah Storey celebrates winning the gold medal in the Women’s C4-5 Road Race at Fuji International Speedway during day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
Daughter Louisa Marie and husband Barney spoke to the Paralympic from their home in Disley, Cheshire, where the eight-year-old said she ‘gets ahead of her mother when they cycle together’
Host Ben Shepherd asked, ‘Louisa, do you go on bike rides with mom? Does she make you go faster?’
To which the little girl replied, “Well, I’m really going up the hill.”
The former swimmer turned cycling – whose first five gold medals came in the pool at the start of the Paralympic career in Barcelona in 1992, now has 28 medals.
Dame Sarah has now won all 13 registered cycling events dating back to her Games debut on two wheels in Beijing in 2008.
The 43-year-old took a record-breaking 17th Paralympic gold medal in the C4-5 road race, overshadowing Mike Kenny, who has held the title of ParalympicsGB’s greatest Paralympian since 1988.
The two-storey mom said her Paralympic trip was a… ‘whirlwind’ and shared her excitement about returning home to her family.
“I’ll be home tomorrow night,” she said. “I feel so lucky to have the chance.”
Louisa said she hasn’t managed to see the full race yet, but is “amazed” at her mother’s performance at the event.
However, Barney watched the event in the wee hours of the morning with their youngest son Charlie, admitting he tried his best not to “get too animated and wake up the kids.”
“It’s not the most enjoyable experience ever,” he said. “It’s anything you can’t control.
“I don’t doubt Sarah’s ability. All you need is a tack on the road and you have a flat tire. That’s what nerves are about, not about Sarah’s ability at all.’
Host Ben Shepherd asked, ‘Louisa, do you go on bike rides with mom? Does she make you go faster?’ To which the girl replied, “Well, I’m really going up the hill!”
The mother praised her family for the support they have given her during training during the pandemic
Dame Sarah praised her family for the support they have given her during training during the pandemic.
“It’s hugely important, especially in the last 18 months. We learned to live with so many demands and that meant we had to make some really tough decisions about how to manage time when his kids left school,” she said.
“They just took it on the chin, they know what it means to be super hygienic and the family took care of lockdown.
“They’re such good buddies together and make it so easy to focus on racing, and it’s just amazing that they understood how important it was and were able to support me.”