01 August 2012

Bradley Wiggins' Medals

Bradley won another Gold Medal today
As I watched the race live online this morning, I read the CyclingNews live ticker "Congratulations to Bradley Wiggins, on his seventh Olympic medal and his fourth gold!" The comment made me wonder what were Bradley's other medals. I knew Bradley Wiggins had focused on track events for years which transferred well to individual time trialing, and finally this year a track star became a road star when he won the general classification at the Tour de France, but 7 Olympic medals - that is impressive.
Bradley Wiggins earned one of these gold medals today
Bradley Wiggins history as an Olympian
He has attended 4 Olympics - Sydney: age 20; Athens: age 24;  Beijing: age 28; London; age 32
2012 London - GOLD - Time Trial
2008 Beijing - GOLD - Team Pursuit, Track
2008 Beijing - GOLD - Individual Pursuit, Track
2004 Athens - GOLD - Individual Pursuit, Track
2004 Athens - SILVER - Team Pursuit, Track
2004 Athens - BRONZE - Madison, Track
2000 Sydney - BRONZE - Team Pursuit, Track
Bradley Wiggins also won 10 World Championship medals in track between 2001-2008. And one World World Championship Silver medal in time trial in 2011. He began road racing in 2005 as part of team Crédit Agricole, but remained focused on track. In 2006-2007 he rode for Cofidis and was more than upset with the team when the team was escorted from the race by police after the Cofidis doping scandal erupted at the 2007 Tour de France, finding a teammate guilty of doping (and the current TDF race leader Alexander Vinokourov). Wiggins started anew and transferred to HTC-Highroad in 2008, and then to Garmin-Slipstream in 2009, the same year he became British National Time Trial Champion. The magic really started when he signed a 4-year contract with Team Sky in 2010 and found support from an excellent team of athletes and managers.
1 stage, Giro d'Italia
National Time Trial Champion
Criterium du Dauphine
National Road Race Champion
Tour de Romandie
Criterium du Dauphine
Tour de France
Did you know?
  • Bradley Wiggins was born in Ghent, Belgium. He is married, with 2 children
  • The gold medal is actually silver, plated in gold (A silversmiths guide to the Olympic medals)
  • Bradley was given the honor of ringing the bell to open the 2012 London Olympics
  • Bradley owns a collection of scooters from the 1960s and 1970s, and plays the guitar
  • Bradley Wiggins received the honor of Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2005, he is not a "Sir" as track star Chris Hoy is, Hoy received a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) "for services to cycling" in 2005. Could Wiggins be next? Sir Wiggo
And thank you Chris Froome for adding humor and confidence to the day, way to claim your chair! You deserved it. (Your silver medal really is made of silver)