Britain’s Most Successful Female Olympian Laura Kenny Retires

Five-time Olympic champion Laura Kenny has on Monday March 18, announced her retirement from professional cycling.

As Britain’s most successful female Olympian, Laura won titles at the London, Rio and Tokyo Games and furthermore got seven World Championship crowns.

The 31-year-old brought forth her second child in July 2023 in the wake of experiencing a miscarriage in 2021 and going through surgery following an ectopic pregnancy. She gave birth to her first child in 2017.

The Announcement:

“After lots of thought and consideration I have decided I am going to retire from professional cycling,” Kenny told BBC Breakfast, opens new tab. “I have had an absolute blast but now is the time for me to hang that bike up.

“The sacrifices of leaving the children and your family at home is really quite big and it really is a big decision to make. More and more, I was struggling to do that.

“People asking me what races was I doing, what training camps was I going on – I didn’t want to go ultimately and that’s what it came down to.”

Kenny said in November 2023 she was planning to join England’s team for the Paris Games. She said she actually wanted to be involved at the Games this mid year.

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Kenny is married to now-retired track cyclist Jason Kenny, England’s most-decorated Olympian with seven golds.

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