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by Shane Stokes
September 20, 2017
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Sara Hammer, America’s most decorated cyclist, has announced her retirement from pro cycling. At age 34, Hammer’s career has been impressive with four Olympic medals, eight UCI Track Cycling World Championships, 15 UCI Track Cycling World Championships medals, and two world records to her name.
Hammer, a three-time Olympian, will now change her focus to coaching and developing riders with the program Performance United, an elite training facility in Colorado Springs. “I’m really excited to continue my journey of promoting track cycling and women’s cycling in my new role,” said Hammer.
Performance United was established in 2009 with their first training camp in Mallorca, Spain and since then, Hammer has been involved with the development of several nations on the track; including Ireland, Spain, Turkey, Mexico, Korea and South Africa.
“Knowing that I’ve made a difference bringing high-performance sport programs to these small countries makes me feel really good. Our goal has always been to empower the underdog and with the UCI making many policy changes in the last four years, there has never been a better time to promote track cycling and women’s cycling around the world. I am truly inspired to be a part of this movement,” Hammer added.
“Sarah has had one of the most remarkable careers in Olympic sport,” said Derek Bouchard-Hall, CEO and President of USA Cycling. “Her achievements are astounding and without a doubt place her among the greatest American cyclists of all time. For those of us who had the opportunity to witness her train and compete first hand, however, her dedication, focus, and leadership may be for what we will remember most. She always got the best out of herself and those around her – and that is a legacy which will remain with the next generation of cyclists who had the opportunity to learn from her and with USA Cycling more broadly.”