Jamie Staff


Jamie Staff

Infobox Cyclist
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image_caption = Revolution 18, Manchester, 2007
fullname = Jamie Staff
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country = ENG
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discipline = Track & BMX
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ridertype = Sprint
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majorwins = 2008 Olympic Games Team Sprint
updated = 12 June 2008
Jamie Alan Staff (born 30 April 1973) is an English racing cyclist, formerly on BMX and later on the track. A World and Olympic champion, he has also won numerous other medals at World Championships, World Cups and at the Commonwealth Games.

Profile

Born in Ashford, Kent, Staff first got started in BMX when he was 9 years old, after seeing friends riding. [http://www.bmxultra.com/prosection/interview/jstaff.htm BMX Ultra interview] ] A BMX rider who has won just about everything from the World Championships downwards, he decided at the end of 2001 that he wanted to win an Olympic medal. As BMX was not an Olympic sport at the time, he turned his attention to track cycling.

He qualified for the GB Cycling Team at the first attempt. A natural competitor, he revels in the combative nature of the Sprint and the Keirin, though his stand-out rides so far have been in the Olympic sprint and The Kilo.

At the Commonwealth Games, he was a member of the silver medal winning England Team Sprint trio, an impressive semi-finalist in the sprint (during which he broke the national 200 m record) and the winner of a bronze in the Kilometer, behind GB team-mates Chris Hoy and Jason Queally.

However, he surpassed all expectations when he helped GB to win a gold medal in the Team Sprint at the 2002 UCI Track World Championships in Copenhagen, less than a year after taking up track racing. In 2003 he continued to progress, recording two personal best times in the "Kilo" (1 km time trial) and a win in the Mexico World Cup in the discipline. [http://www.olympics.org.uk/athens/team_gb_cat.asp?AthleteID=189&AthleteID_Detail=189&SportNameId=7 Olympics] ]

In 2004 he competed at the Athens Olympics in the Keirin and team sprint, with little success. He continued to focus on the sprint, achieving multiple silvers and bronzes at World Championships, and the 2006 Commonwealth Games. He finally tasted success again in the World Record-breaking British team sprint trio at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Staff was responsible for the fastest ever first lap in a team sprint.

BMX

Staff was one of the many imports competing in the United States national ABA (American Bicycle Association) and NBL (National Bicycle League) series, and regularly made AA Pro mains [http://www.bmxultra.com/prosection/interview/jstaff.htm BMX Ultra interview] ] (winning NBL Pro Nat.#1 (Elite) Men (AA) in 2001), (winning the World BMX title in 1996) until 2001 when he decided to concentrate on track cycling. Staff still participates in BMX occasionally (as in the 2002, X Games VIII -BMX Downhill).

Major results

*1996 World BMX Champion [ [http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/interviews/2004/01_jamie_staff.shtml British Cycling] ]
*2002 Bronze Kilo (England), Commonwealth Games
*2002 Silver Team Sprint (England), Commonwealth Games
*2002 Gold Team Sprint, World Championships
*2003 Silver Sprint, National Championships
*2003 Silver Sprint, World Cup, Mexico
*2003 Gold Kilometre, World Cup, Mexico
*2003 Gold Team Sprint, World Cup, South Africa
*2004 Gold Keirin, UCI Track World Championships, Melbourne
*2005 Gold Team Sprint, World Championships
*2004 Bronze Team Sprint, World Championships, Melbourne [http://www.olympics.org.uk/athens/team_gb_cat.asp?AthleteID=189&AthleteID_Detail=189&SportNameId=7 Olympics] ]
*2006 Silver Team Sprint, Commomwealth Games, Melbourne [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/commonwealth_games/4821906.stm BBC Sport (19/3/06)] ]
*2006 Silver Team Sprint UCI Track World Championship Team Sprint
*2007 Bronze UCI Track World Championship Kilometre
*2008 Silver UCI Track World Championshps Team Sprint
*2008 Gold Team Sprint, Olympic Games, Beijing

ee also

*Cycling at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Keirin Men
*Cycling at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Team Sprint Men
*Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the 2004 Summer Olympics

References

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DATE OF BIRTH=1973-04-30
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