Eight-time world champion Sarah Hammer retires from cycling

U.S Olympic cyclist Sarah Hammer announced that she will no longer be racing, the Associated Press reported on Monday.

The 34-year-old from Temecula, Calif., had been a key rider on the USA Cycling team, having earned four silver medals between the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games and not to mention eight world championship titles. Hammer also currently holds the record in the 3000-meter individual pursuit with a time of 3:22.269.

Now she is retiring from competitive cycling to focus on developing a training center she founded with her husband Andy Sparks in Colorado Springs.

“I’m really excited to continue my journey of promoting track cycling and women’s cycling in my new role,” Hammer said in a press release. “My primary focus will be to share and implement my knowledge with incoming athletes and coaches so they don’t have to learn it all on their own.”

Despite what happens next, Hammer will always remember the time she helped the American underdogs snag the silver medal at the London Olympic Games. The epic tale was captured by the documentary “Personal Gold: An Underdog Story.”

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“In terms of results, I am probably most proud of the 2012 Olympic team pursuit medal I won with Jennie Reed, Dotsie Bausch and Lauren Tamayo,” Hammer said in Cycling News. “That journey was a special one and is one I will remember for the rest of my life.”

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