Sarah Ulmer

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameSarah Elizabeth•Ulmer
Used nameSarah•Ulmer
Born14 March 1976 in Auckland (NZL)
Measurements167 cm / 64 kg
NOC New Zealand

Biography

Sarah Ulmer became the first New Zealand to win an Olympic cycling gold when she was victorious in the women’s individual pursuit in Athens in 2004. She was the daughter of a New Zealand champion road cyclist of the 1950s, Gary, whose father Ron competed in track cycling at the Empire Games in Sydney in 1938. As an 18-year-old, Ulmer won the pursuit and points race at the junior world championships in Ecuador and was second in the pursuit at the Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada. She won the pursuit gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in 1998 and 2002. Ulmer was seventh in the pursuit at the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996 and fourth in Sydney in 2000 when an abdominal complaint hampered her preparation. She set a world record for the pursuit when winning the world title in Melbourne in 2004 and further reduced the record in qualifying in Athens, and again in the final when she recorded 3:24.537.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1996 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) NZL Sarah Ulmer
Individual Pursuit, Women (Olympic) 7
2000 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) NZL Sarah Ulmer
Individual Pursuit, Women (Olympic) 4
Points Race, Women (Olympic) 8
2004 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) NZL Sarah Ulmer
Individual Pursuit, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
Points Race, Women (Olympic) 6

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
2004 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony NZL Sarah Ulmer

Special Notes