From Gareth Southgate to Anthony Joshua, Hertfordshire has a rich sporting heritage.
When it comes to the Olympic Games it’s no different as plenty of athletes from our county have donned the colours of Team GB.
With the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics on the horizon the lates cohort of GB athletes will be jetting off and, once again, Hertfordshire is well-represented.
From gold medal winners to track talents we have them all and hopefully there will be more success to come this summer.
Did you realise these Olympians were from Herts?
Laura Kenny CBE
The four-time Olympic champion won both medals and hearts when she first competed for the Great Britain cycling team in London 2012.
At just 20 years old, she won both the team pursuit and the multi-discipline omnium event.
The cyclist, who grew up in Cheshunt in Hertfordshire’s Broxbourne, went on to win two further medals in Rio and is now taking on Tokyo.
Last year, just before the Tokyo Olympics were postponed, she broke a shoulder and then an arm.
The pandemic was a time of recovery for Kenny, but she is now gearing up with a chance to claim gold in the omnium, team pursuit, and the first-ever women’s madison.
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Max Whitlock MBE
British gymnast Max Whitlock was born and bred in Hemel Hempstead and is ready to take on his third Olympic Games.
The 28-year-old made history when he won the all-round event for the nation’s first time in 108 years. Over the course of his career, he has won five Olympic medals – two golds and three bronzes.
This will be his first Olympics as a father, and his two-year-old daughter Willow will be cheering on from his home in Essex, where he is now based.
He will lead the GB men’s team and hopes to become the fourth man to ever defend an Olympic pommel horse title.
Jodie Williams and Hannah Williams
Jodie Williams, a 27-year-old sprinter from Welwyn Garden City, will be competing in the 400m at Tokyo this year. She missed the 2012 Games after pulling her hamstring, which was a major setback.
This year, Williams qualified for the 200m too – but she opted to focus on the longer distance.
She has also made the relay squad alongside her sister, Hannah Williams. Both are trained by Herts Phoenix Athletic club, based in Ware.