|Full name||Tara Alice Whitten|
|Born||13 July 1980|
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
A former cross country skier, she began track racing seriously in 2008 having dabbled in it since 2005. The same year she won the points race and individual pursuit at the Canadian National Track Championships, and also took the bronze medal in the scratch race and 500 meter time trial events.
Whitten began the 2008–2009 track cycling season strongly, winning two silver medals at first round of the Track World Cup in Manchester, United Kingdom, in October. She went on to take two bronze medals in the third round in Cali, Colombia, and a further two silver medals in the fifth and final round in Copenhagen, Denmark, in February 2009.
In December 2009, Whitten rode on the team that won the gold medal in the 2010 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics Women's Team Pursuit in Cali, Colombia, along with fellow Canadian National Team members Laura Brown (cyclist) and Stephanie Roorda, concurrently setting a new Canadian National Record in this event as well with a time of 3:27.289. Of note, the Women's Team Pursuit has been added as an Olympic event for 2012. She also won two silver medals, in the Individual Pursuit (time of 3:34.547) and Points Race.
In March 2016 Whitten was injured in Rio de Janeiro during a visit to inspect the road course for the 2016 Summer Olympics, running her bike into the back of a bus and being knocked unconscious and breaking a bone in the base of her skull. The interruption to her training delayed her qualifying for the Olympics; she is awaiting a decision from Cycling Canada as to whether her result in a June UCI race in Quebec has earned her a spot on the Canadian Olympic team.
Whitten was awarded a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Alberta on June 10, 2016, having first earned a science degree in 2006 and been accepted into an electrophysiology lab as a master's student in 2007, while taking periodic breaks from her studies to focus on cycling full-time. She will begin a post-doctoral fellowship in concussion research at the University of Calgary in fall 2016.
- 1st Points Race, Canadian National Track Championships
- 1st Individual Pursuit, Canadian National Track Championships
- 3rd Scratch Race, Canadian National Track Championships
- 3rd 500 m TT, Canadian National Track Championships
- 2nd Individual Pursuit, Round 1, 2008–2009 Track World Cup, Manchester
- 2nd Scratch Race, Round 1, 2008–2009 Track World Cup, Manchester
- 3rd Individual Pursuit, Round 3, 2008–2009 Track World Cup, Cali
- 3rd Points Race, Round 3, 2008–2009 Track World Cup, Cali
- 2nd Individual Pursuit, Round 5, 2008–2009 Track World Cup, Copenhagen
- 2nd Omnium, Track World Championships
- 1st Team Pursuit, 2009–2010 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics, Cali
- 2nd Individual Pursuit, 2009–2010 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics, Cali
- 2nd Points Race, 2009–2010 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics, Cali
- 1st Omnium, Track World Championships
- 1st Points Race, Track World Championships
- 3rd Points Race, Commonwealth Games
- 3rd Individual Pursuit Commonwealth Games
- 3rd Team Sprint Commonwealth Games
- 1st Time Trial (Road) Commonwealth Games
- 1st Omnium, Track World Championships
- 2nd Omnium (Track) 2011 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Tour, Melbourne, AUS
- 1st Omnium, 2010–11 UCI Track Cycling World Ranking
- 2nd Team Pursuit, 2011–2012 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics in London
- 3rd Team Pursuit, Track World Championships
- 3rd Team Pursuit, 2012 Summer Olympics
- Tara Whitten at Cycling Archives
- "Track World Championships - Silver Medal for Tara Whitten". Canadian Cycling Association. 28 March 2009. Archived from the original on 8 July 2011.
- "London 2012 - Track Cycling - Women's Team Pursuit". www.olympic.org. IOC. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
- "London 2012 - Track Cycling - Omnium Women". www.olympic.org. IOC. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
- Brown, Michael (13 June 2016). "There and back again: from the Olympic podium to the convocation stage". University of Alberta: News & Events. University of Alberta. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
- Tozer, Jamie (29 June 2016). "Returning Olympians highlight Canada's cycling team". www.olympic.ca. Canadian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 29 June 2016.