By competing at Rio de Janeiro in 2016, cyclist Bradley Wiggins has a chance to set several Olympic bests. Wiggins will compete in the team pursuit on the track. The following details his current standings on the various Olympic lists, and what he can/will achieve with his performance in Rio.
By Competing in Rio, Bradley Wiggins Will …
- Tie 8 other men with 5 Olympic cycling appearances, trailing only Juan Esteban Curuchet (ARG/1984-2008) and Stuart O’Grady (AUS/1992-2012), with 6 each. Three women have competed in 5 Olympic cycling competitions, but the Olympic record is held by Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli, who competed in 7 Olympics in cycling from 1984-2008.
If He Wins a Medal in Rio, Bradley Wiggins Will …
- Win his 8th Olympic cycling medal, which will be the most ever. Wiggins is currently tied for 1st with Chris Hoy, his former British teammate who has now retired, both with 7 Olympic medals.
- Become the first Olympic cyclist to win medals at 5 Olympic Games. Wiggins has won medals in 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012. He is tied with medals at 4 Olympic Games in cycling with Daniel Morelon (FRA/1964-76), Jens Fiedler (GER/1992-2004), and Chris Hoy (GBR/2000-12).
If He Wins a Gold Medal in Rio, Bradley Wiggins Will …
- Win his 5th Olympic cycling gold medal, and move into lone 2nd place on that list, trailing only Chris Hoy (GBR), who won 6 Olympic gold medals. Wiggins is currently tied with 4 cycling gold medals with Marcus Hurley (USA-1904) and Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel (NED-2000/2004).
- Become the first Olympic cyclist to win gold medals at 4 Olympic Games. He is currently tied with gold medals at 3 Olympic Games in cycling with Vyacheslav Yekimov (URS/RUS-1988/2000/2004), Jens Fiedler (GER-1992/1996/2004), and Chris Hoy (GBR-2004/2008/2012).
- Become the 8th oldest male gold medalist in cycling, at about 36 years, 105 days.