DOB: September 21, 1983
Career Highlights: With two prior Olympics under her belt, Meares is expecting big things in London this summer. One of Australia’s most decorated
cyclists, she won a gold medal at the 2004 Athens Games with a world-record time of 33.95 seconds in the now-defunct 500-meter
time trial. She also took home bronze at those Olympics in the 200-meter sprint. Making her performance in Greece even more
remarkable was the fact that it came months after she broke her neck during a crash at a World Cup event earlier that year.
Meares returned to the Olympic stage in 2008, winning silver after being edged out in the final by Great Britain’s Victoria
Pendleton. A year ago, she was named the Australian Institute of Sport athlete of the year, and she's setting her sights on
raising the bar even higher. At the world championships in her home country, Meares broke a world record when she completed
her qualifying lap of the 200 meters in 10.78 seconds. She only went on to earn a bronze in that event, but did take gold
in the keirin, setting another world record in the process with a time of 33.01 seconds. Earlier this season, Meares finished
second to China’s Guo Shuang in a test race at the London Olympic velodrome. She began her competitive career at age 11, following
in the footsteps of her sister, Kerrie, a former national champion and junior world champion cyclist.
Olympic History: 2008,2004