Lauren Steadman: Background, career highlights, quotes

A 3-time world champion and 7-time European champion, while still in her 20s, Lauren Steadman has achieved a lot in the world of paratri. Her crowning glory, though, came last summer in Tokyo, when she added a Paralympic gold medal to her vast medal collection.

Who is Lauren Steadman?

In short, Lauren Steadman is the most honored triathlete in history. Like her great “enemy” Claire Cashmore, an alumnus of the sporting powerhouse Kelly College in Devon, she initially competed only in swimming before taking over the multisport baton.

Born without a right forearm, Steadman saw immediate success in her new sport. Within a year of leaving the pool, she had become a European champion, and she has now won it seven times.

Three world titles have also been won during this period, most recently on the Gold Coast in 2018. But her most recent victory may be the one she cherishes the most — winning a Paralympic gold medal in Tokyo in August 2021, a particularly sweet moment when a mistake at the 2016 Rio Olympics cost her a possible one gold medal. Those demons have been cast out.

became a household name because of her appearance strictly come to dance and Celebrity SAS: Who Dare to Winthe psychology graduate (with both a master’s in business and management) is paratri’s most high-profile ambassador – and his trophy cabinet is second to none.

How old is Lauren Steadman?

Lauren Steadman was born on December 18, 1992, she is 29 years old.

Lauren Steadman Career Highlights

Lauren Steadman competes in the women’s 400m freestyle heats at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. (Credit: Ian McNichol/Getty Images)

August 2011: World Championship runner-up heralds new career path

At just 18, Steadman’s silver medal in the TRI-4 category at the ITU World Championships in London, where he lost to fellow Briton Faye Mcclelland, not only hinted at the future of triathlon. For now, though, appearing in the pool at Steadman’s second Paralympic Games, which is also in the capital, is a trifle.

June 2013: Steadman becomes Europe’s Patrie Queen

Now a strictly triathlete, she won the first of many European titles when she won the TRI-4 category in Alanya, Turkey. Twelve months later, she won her second European title, this time in the PT4 category in Kitzbühel.

August 2014: Steadman on top of the world

Lauren crossed the finish line at the 2014 Edmonton World Championships, winning the first of her three world titles. (Image credit: Dally Carr/ITU Media)

To go head to head with the European title she won two months ago, Steadman won at the World Championships in Edmonton. It was a UK-only podium, with McClelland taking silver and Claire Cunningham taking bronze.

September 2015: Second World Championship in the Windy City

Steadman keeps her world champion status Victory on the streets of Chicago.

September 2016: Paralympic runner-up not a silver lining

Lauren on the podium to collect her silver medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. (Source: Deli Carr)

Despite failing to finish at the World Championships two months ago, Steadman – now a four-time European champion – entered the Rio Paralympics as the favorite for the women’s PT4 gold medal. But a mistake in the swimming leg handed victory to American Grace Norman, Steadman ‘destroyed’ with only bagged silver. She would lose again to Norman at the following year’s World Championships.

July 2018: Sixth consecutive European title

With a victory in the PTS5 category in Tartu, Estonia, Steadman won his sixth consecutive European Championship gold medal. Here, she fends off Brit Claire Cashmore, an old school friend who will become a formidable competitor for the next few seasons.

September 2018: World champion hat-trick

Steadman secured her third world title with a victory on Australia’s Gold Coast, again blocking a challenge from silver medalist Cashmore.

September 2019: Gorgeous Seven

Valencia is the melting pot of Steadman’s seventh and most recent European title, making her the most successful women’s triathlete in history. But one title still keeps her elusive…

August 2021: Five years later, Paralympic gold is finally hers

Lauren cycling at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. (Source: Janos M. Schmidt/World Triathlon)

This is the most important.After a long period of disappointment in Rio five years ago, redemption for Steadman follows Tokyo Paralympic gold medal performancefinished ahead of her two great rivals Norman and Cashmore.

Lauren Steadman Quotes

Competing as a favorite when winning silver at the 2016 Paralympics: “I was devastated after the Rio Olympics. I was really devastated. For seven months, I didn’t go anywhere near mine. Bikes, shoes or swimsuits.”

On becoming Tokyo Paralympic champion in 2021: “I know the pressure is there, but because Rio was a bad experience, I’m determined to enjoy it, whether I get a medal or not.”

On her friendly rivalry with Claire Cashmore: “Claire became a bit of a big sister when I went to boarding school. Outside of the game, we were friends. We did a lot of things together. But once the gun went off, we Just have to race, we have to put on our racing caps and give ourselves what we need to do.”

What’s next for Lauren Steadman?

She was very young when she started collecting paratri titles and will still be only 31 when the next Paralympics arrive in Paris in 2024. Successfully defending the Paralympic champion must be her ambition in the middle distance.Until then, adding another world title to the three events already won is clearly a priority, taking it back from her friend. Claire Cashmore.

Above: Alex Pantlin/Getty Images

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