Jessica Varnish

Jessica "Jess" Varnish (born 19 November 1990) is a British track cyclist. Varnish is part of the reigning world record holding European team sprint champions and is a bronze medalist at the World Championships for the 500 metres.

Jessica Varnish
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Personal information
Full nameJessica Varnish
NicknameJess
Born (1990-11-19) 19 November 1990 (age 29)
Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England, UK
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)[1]
Weight67 kg (148 lb; 10.6 st)[1]
Team information
DisciplineTrack
RoleRider
Rider typeSprinter
Amateur team(s)
2006Halesowen AC&C

BiographyEdit

Jessica Varnish was born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire on 19 November 1990, the daughter of James "Jim" Varnish, a keen cyclist. She attended South Bromsgrove High School.[2]

Jess represented Bromsgrove Swimming Club.

At the age of 14, Varnish competed unofficially at the 2006 Junior World Championships in Belgium. She took a second off the British 500m standing start record, setting a new time of 37.1 seconds.[3]

She made her GB Cycling debut at the Austrian Junior International in January 2006. She became a member of British Cycling's Olympic Development Programme whilst still a junior.[4] Being just 17 at the time, Varnish was selected for the programme a year ahead of the rest of her age group, demonstrating British Cycling's belief in her potential.

Her first performance at senior level was in the 2008 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester.[5]

In March 2009, Varnish was awarded the "junior female sports personality of the year" trophy at the Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Awards.[6]

Virgin Trains West Coast named its Pendolino train 390027 after her on 29 June 2011.[7]

On 18 February, Varnish competed at the 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Cup in the new Olympic Velodrome. Along with her team-mate Victoria Pendleton, they broke the world record of the women's team sprint taking gold.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Varnish and Pendleton broke the world record in the qualifying stages of the team sprint before being relegated in the semi-finals.[8]

In April 2016 The Daily Telegraph reported that Varnish's Olympic Podium Programme contract with British Cycling had not been renewed, with Performance Director Shane Sutton stating that the decision was due to Varnish's performances over the previous three years, and denying that it was related to comments she had made in interviews at the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships which were critical of the selections that had been made for the women's team sprint squad in their qualifying campaign for the 2016 Summer Olympics, which was ultimately unsuccessful.[9] Varnish claimed in the two year Olympic qualifying period she had gained more qualifying points than any other British cyclist, in the team sprint she had consistently performed in the world top 5 and also qualified for the Olympic places in individual sprint and Keirin.[10] In a subsequent interview with the Daily Mail, Varnish made allegations that Sutton had made sexist comments when discussing the non-renewal of her contract. In April 2016 Sutton was suspended by British Cycling, and he immediately resigned rather than mounting a defence.

PalmarèsEdit

TrackEdit

2005
1st   sprint, British National Track Championships – U16
2nd 500m TT, British National Track Championships – U16
2nd Scratch race, British National Track Championships – U16
2006
1st   sprint, British National Track Championships – U16
2nd 500m TT, British National Track Championships – U16
2nd Scratch race, British National Track Championships – U16
2007
1st   keirin, 2007 European Track Championships – Junior
1st   sprint, British National Track Championships – Junior
2nd 500m TT, 2007 European Track Championships – Junior
2nd Individual Sprint, UCI Junior Track World Championships
2nd 500m TT, British National Track Championships – Junior
3rd 500m TT, British National Track Championships – Senior
3rd Individual Sprint, British National Track Championships – Senior
2008
1st   keirin, 2008 European Track Championships – Junior
1st   500m TT, 2008 European Track Championships – Junior
1st   500m TT, British National Track Championships – Junior
1st   sprint, British National Track Championships – Junior
1st Team Sprint, round 1, 2008–2009 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics, Manchester (with Anna Blyth)
2nd British National Team Sprint Championships (with Helen Scott)
3rd Keirin, British National Track Championships – Senior
3rd Individual Sprint, 2008 European Track Championships – Junior
2011
1st   500m TT, 2011 British National Track Championships – Senior
1st   Team Sprint, 2011 European Track Championships (with Victoria Pendleton)
1st   500m TT, 2011 European Track Championships – U23
1st   Team Sprint, 2011 European Track Championships – U23 (with Becky James)
3rd sprint, 2011 European Track Championships – U23
2012
1st Team sprint, round 4, 2011–2012 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics, London (with Victoria Pendleton)
1st Team sprint, round 1, 2011–2012 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics, Cali (with Becky James)
1st Team sprint, round 2, 2011–2012 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics, Glasgow (with Becky James)
2nd Individual Sprint, round 2, 2011–2012 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics, Glasgow
3rd Individual Sprint, round 1, 2011–2012 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics, Cali
2013
1st   500m TT, British National Track Championships
1st   Team Sprint, British National Track Championships
1st   Individual Sprint, British National Track Championships
1st   Keirin, British National Track Championships
Revolution
1st Sprint – Round 1, Manchester
2nd Keirin – Round 1, Manchester
3rd Individual Sprint, 2013 European Track Championships
3rd Team sprint, 2013 European Track Championships (with Becky James)
3rd Cottbus Individual Sprint
2014
1st Sprint, Revolution – Round 4, Manchester
1st 500m Time Trial, Cottbuser SprintCup
Open des Nations sur Piste de Roubaix
1st Sprint
1st Team Sprint (with Victoria Williamson)
1st   500m TT, British National Track Championships
1st   Individual Sprint, British National Track Championships
1st   Team sprint, British National Track Championships (with Dannielle Khan)[11]
1st   Keirin, British National Track Championships[12]
3rd Team Sprint, UCI Track World Championships (with Becky James)[13]
Commonwealth Games
3rd   Sprint
3rd   500m Time Trial
3rd Team Sprint, GP von Deutschland im Sprint (with Katy Marchant)
3rd Sprint, Cottbuser Nächte
2015
Revolution
1st Keirin – Round 3, Manchester
1st Sprint – Round 3, Manchester
2nd Sprint – Round 1, Derby
2nd 500m Time Trial – Round 1, Derby
1st British National Team Sprint Championships (with Katy Marchant)[14]
3rd Keirin, British National Track Championships[15]
2nd Keirin, Öschelbronn
3rd Sprint, Singen

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Jess Varnish". You Go 4 It. Nottingham City Council. 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Jess Varnish : Focused on a Golden Future". Velodrome.org.uk. 2006–2007. Archived from the original on 22 November 2008.
  3. ^ "Varnish shows her extra class". Worcester News. 28 June 2006. Archived from the original on 8 November 2007. Retrieved 4 June 2009.
  4. ^ "Jessica Varnish Bio". British Cycling. Archived from the original on 7 May 2006. Retrieved 10 September 2008.
  5. ^ Andrew Canning (6 January 2009). "Jessica Varnish: Rider Profile". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 4 June 2009.
  6. ^ "Jess shines once more at awards". Droitwich Spa Advertiser. 12 March 2009. Retrieved 4 June 2009.
  7. ^ "Athletes given helping hand by Virgin Trains: Cyclist Jessica Varnish gets a Virgin Pendolino train named after her". Alstom. Alstom. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2019. Having a train named after me is incredible and something I never thought would happen. My friends think its awesome! Im really happy and thankful for the huge support Virgin Trains are giving me
  8. ^ Jessica Varnish: I will never watch nightmare moment when my London Olympic dream was shattered. www.telegraph.co.uk. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  9. ^ Cary, Tom (19 April 2016). "British Cycling drops Jess Varnish from Olympic programme on 'performance grounds' and denies it is payback for criticism". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  10. ^ "Jess Varnish targets return to GB squad for Rio". bbc.co.uk. 17 May 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  11. ^ "National Track Championships: Varnish & Trott among winners". bbc.co.uk. 27 September 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  12. ^ "National Track Championships: Four golds for Varnish & Skinner". bbc.co.uk. 28 September 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  13. ^ "Track Cycling Worlds 2014: GB women win bronze as men toil". bbc.co.uk. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  14. ^ "British National Track Championships 25th–27th September 2015: Results – Team Female" (PDF). British Cycling. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  15. ^ "British National Track Championship 25th–27th September 2015: Communiqué No 049: Category Female: Event Keirin: Round Final Result" (PDF). British Cycling. Retrieved 27 September 2015.

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