David Stone, who has cerebral palsy, was born in Birmingham on this day in 1981. He has won a total of seven gold, two silver and two bronze medals at the World Paracycling Championships and two gold medals at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing.
(image credit: Cycling Beauties)
|Léon Flameng in the white jersey. In black: |
Paul Masson,who narrowly beat Flameng in
the 10km at the 1896 Olympics
Jamie Staff, who was born in Ashford, Great Britain on this day in 1973, started to race BMX when he was nine and then became World Champion in 1996. In 2001, he decided that his next ambition was to win an Olympic gold medal and, as BMX was not then an Olympic sport, chose to chase his dream in track cycling - which he turned out to also be rather good at, winning three UCI World Championships before getting his Olympic gold in 2008. Since retiring in 2010, he has lived in the USA where he managers the national sprint team and plans to set up a British Cycling Academy based in Kent, near his hometown.
Other births: Michael Mørkøv (Denmark, 1985); Hennie Binneman (South Africa, 1914, died 1968); Iván Alemany (Spain, 1967); José Rodríguez (Spain, 1966); Sebti Benzine (Algeria, 1964); Robert de Wilde (Netherlands, 1977); Sebti Benzine (Algeria, 1964); Kevin Bradshaw (Australia, 1957).