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ParalympicsGB hero Dame Sarah Storey shares heartwarming moment with her daughter

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‘So you’re the one person she can’t beat?!’: ParalympicsGB history-maker Dame Sarah Storey shares heartwarming moment with her daughter on Good Morning Britain as youngster insists mum LOSES when they race on bikes back in Manchester


Britain’s greatest Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey was left red-faced after her daughter Louisa playfully suggested that mum cannot keep up with her during bike rides.

Storey made history this week after becoming Britain’s most successful Paralympian ever after surging to victory in the C4-5 road race to break Mike Kenny’s record, despite torrential rain.

The 43-year-old now has a quite incredible seventeen gold medals to her name, but that didn’t stop her daughter setting the record straight on national television.

Dame Sarah Storey was joined on Good Morning Britain by her daughter Louisa, who had been watching her Tokyo heroics from the family home in Manchester

Dame Sarah Storey was joined on Good Morning Britain by her daughter Louisa, who had been watching her Tokyo heroics from the family home in Manchester

Storey became Britain's greatest ever Paralympian overnight with her 17th gold in Tokyo

Storey became Britain’s greatest ever Paralympian overnight with her 17th gold in Tokyo

ALL OF DAME SARAH STOREY’S GOLDS

1992 Paralympic Games

– 100m backstroke

– 200m individual medley

1996 Paralympic Games

– 100m breaststroke

– 100m backstroke

– 200m individual medley

2008 Paralympic Games

– Time trial

– Individual pursuit

2012 Paralympic Games

– Individual pursuit

– 500m time trial

– Time trial

– Road race

2016 Paralympic Games

– Individual pursuit

– Time trial

– Road race

2020 Paralympic Games

– Individual pursuit

– Time trial 

 

After being invited onto Good Morning Britain on Thursday, Storey – in Tokyo – was joined digitally by her daughter who had been watching along at home in Manchester. 

GMB host Ben Shephard was keen to find out whether Louisa went on bike rides with her mother, and how intense were the sessions if so.

The answer he received, however, was certainly unexpected. 

‘Do you ever go on bike rides with mum? Or does she let you get on with that yourself?’ Shephard asked live on air.

After receiving the answer ‘both really’ he probed a little further and asked: ‘And what’s she like, does she try and make you go faster or is she laid back about going on a bike ride?

Breaking into a smile Louisa responded: Well I’m actually powering up ahead, up the hill.

‘So you’re the one person she can’t beat!?’ Shephard replied with a tone of playful surprise, as both the youngster and Storey herself broke into large smiles and nodded along.

Heaping praise on her children Storey, who also has a young son, said: ‘It’s just amazing that they grasp how important it was and were able to support me. 

‘I left them in a rainy carpark just outside of Castle Combe after my final race to drive to the final couple of days of the holding camp.’ 

During Thursday’s race Storey, whose third gold of the Paralympics takes her to a British record total of 17, was trailing German Kirstin Brachtendorf by well over a minute until her British team-mate Crystal Lane-Wright helped mount a comeback. 

Lane-Wright took over from Storey at the front of the chasing pack, reeling in the German and leaving the coast clear for Storey to power home to gold. 

The 43-year-old came from behind to win the C4-5 road race in a downpour in Tokyo, Japan

The 43-year-old came from behind to win the C4-5 road race in a downpour in Tokyo, Japan

Storey's victory sees her eclipse Mike Kenny's tally of 16 gold medals for Paralympics GB

Storey’s victory sees her eclipse Mike Kenny’s tally of 16 gold medals for Paralympics GB

Storey won her first five gold medal in swimming

She then took to cycling and has dominated since 2008

She won her first gold aged 14 (L) at Barcelona 1992 and has added 16 more to her collection

After the pair of British riders caught up and overtook the German, they had a discussion about the prospect of winning gold and silver, in which Lane-wright said she told her teammate that she would not attempt to beat her to gold. 

Lane-Wright said she had told Storey: ‘This is your gold medal – you don’t have to worry, I won’t take it. I won’t even attempt to take it away from you.’

Lane-Wright admitted that this was ‘probably not the most athletic, competitive thing to do.’ But she also said that Storey’s win was a result of her having the power to race home first. 

‘She hit it so hard at the bottom of the climb, I wasn’t quick enough,’ Lane-Wright said. 

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