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Gold medal winner at 14. Gold medal winner at 43. Wow: Olympic cyclist Katie Archibald on Dame Sarah Storey

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They are women who have enjoyed a landmark 12 months that has helped shape Scotland and the world.

We asked our women of the year to name theirs.


2021 was another golden year for Team GB track cyclist Katie Archibald when her stunning victory in the madison with teammate Laura Kenny was a highlight of the delayed Tokyo Olympics for many Scots.

She added to her impressive haul with gold at the European Track Championships and silver at the World Track Championships, and entered the history books as the first women’s endurance champion at the UCI Track Champions League.

Her woman of the year is Dame Sarah Storey, Britain’s most successful Paralympian who, like Archibald, started out as a swimmer before switching to cycling. Storey claimed the 15th, 16th and 17th gold medals of a glittering career at Tokyo 2020 just months before her 44th birthday.

“From her first Paralympics aged 14, she is still going and hasn’t missed a Games,” said Archibald. “Sarah has been a role model for me.

“She was really important in the early stages of my career and now, it’s incredible to see her excel as ever. You see her always wanting to do better. She is such an exceptional talent.

“She always takes it to the next level. Her determination to keep going for so long is amazing.”

Katie also nominated Hannah Crowley, British Cycling’s head of rehab, for her behind-the-scenes work.

“She’s exactly the kind of person who will never hit the headlines because she’s not the coach on the finish line, she’s the person that does the daily grind of getting athletes through rehab,” said the Scot.

“She’s one of the hardest workers – and I hope she’s aware that she’s everyone’s favourite practitioner.”