Sophie Thornhill

Sophie Thornhill

Athlete Information

  • Region

    Poynton, Stockport

  • Date of Birth

    09/02/1996

  • Classification

    Tandem B at Rio

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Bio

After being inspired by London 2012, Sophie joined the Great Britain Cycling Team in May 2013.

She immediately made her mark on the world stage winning two world titles and breaking two world records, in the tandem B kilo and sprint events, with her pilot Rachel James.

Sophie then followed this achievement by winning two gold medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games for Team England with pilot Helen Scott.

Sophie continued her partnership with Helen at the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Apeldoorn, Holland, retaining her tandem B kilo and sprint titles.

At the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Montichiari, Italy, Sophie and Helen won two silver medals before claiming Paralympic gold in the kilo at Rio 2016 and bronze in the pursuit.

A year later she claimed an impressive hat-trick of gold medals at the World Championships in Los Angeles with victories in the pursuit, kilo and sprint.

Sophie was born with oculocutaneous albinism and is visually impaired.

Major Results

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

  • Kilo: Gold
  • Pursuit: Bronze

2017 UCI Para cycling Track World Championships, Los Angeles, USA

  • Pursuit: Gold
  • Kilo: Gold
  • Sprint: Gold

2016 UCI Para cycling Track World Championships, Montichiari, Italy

  • Tandem B kilo (piloted by Helen Scott): Silver

2015 UCI Para cycling Track World Championships, Apeldoorn, Netherlands

  • Tandem B sprint (piloted by Helen Scott): Gold
  • Tandem B kilo (piloted by Helen Scott): Gold

2014 UCI Para cycling Track World Championships, Aguascalientes, Mexico

  • Tandem B sprint (piloted by Rachel James): Gold
  • Tandem B kilo (piloted by Rachel James): Gold

2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow, UK

  • Kilo: Gold
  • Sprint: Gold

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