Michelle Ferris

Michelle Ferris (24 September 1976) is an Australian cyclist. She won the Silver Medal in Women's sprint in 1996 Summer Olympics and the 2000 Summer Olympics.[1][2][3][4][5]

Michelle Ferris
Personal information
Born (1976-09-24) 24 September 1976 (age 44)
Warrnambool, Australia
Team information
DisciplineTrack
Medal record
Representing  Australia
Women's track cycling
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1996 Atlanta Sprint
Silver medal – second place 2000 Sydney Time trial
UCI Track World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1997 Perth 500 m time trial
Bronze medal – third place 1995 Bogota 500 m time trial
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Manchester 500 m time trial
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Bordeaux 500 m time trial

Her biggest rival was Félicia Ballanger, who beat her on the World Championships as well as in the Olympics. In the World cup of 1997 she did however beat her, making her the only cyclist who ever was able to beat Ballanger in a big tournament.

In summer 2020 Ferris took on a role as Assistant Mentor Coach to the cycling squad at the Western Sydney Academy of Sport.[6]

She is one of the few professional Australian athletes to come out publicly as gay, noting "Whenever I was interviewed after a race during my career, the journalists always asked me about my performance, no one ever asked if I was gay. If that question had been asked, I would have answered it honestly. I've never been afraid of who I am. But when you're talking about your race results, you're not going to add on at the end, 'By the way, I'm gay'."[7] She has served as an ambassador for the Gay Games and stated she "can't say why so many lesbian athletes stay silent. But she says that while it was no secret she was gay when she won her silver medals at the Atlanta and Sydney Olympics, she never spoke about it publicly at the time."[7]

PalmarèsEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

  •   1996, 2000 2nd 500m

World ChampionshipEdit

  •   1997, 1998, 1999 2nd sprint
  •   1995, 1996, 1997 2nd 500m

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Michelle Ferris". cycling archives. Retrieved 19 August 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Michelle Ferris Profile". www.sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 19 August 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Ferris, Michelle (1976–)". Dictionary of Women Worldwide: 25,000 Women Through the Ages. 1 January 2007. Archived from the original on 8 March 2016. Retrieved 20 August 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  4. ^ "French cyclists win third gold medal". AP Online. 27 August 1998. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  5. ^ "Summer Pursuit Ends for Witty; Winter Medalist Is Fifth in 500 Meters". The Washington Post. 17 September 2000. Archived from the original on 11 June 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  6. ^ "Ferris' Coaching Silver Lining". AusCycling. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
  7. ^ a b Brady, Nicole (23 October 2011). "Playing it straight". The Age. Retrieved 12 December 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Cycling Australia". cycling.org.au. Retrieved 2 November 2020.