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Graeme Obree

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameDouglas Graeme•Obree
Used nameGraeme•Obree
Nick/petnamesThe Flying Scotsman
Born11 September 1965 in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England (GBR)
Measurements180 cm / 73 kg
NOC Great Britain

Biography

Scotsman Graeme Obree emerged from obscurity on 17 July 1993, when, after failing to break the world hour record the previous day, Obree succeeded in breaking Francesco Moser’s mark. He did so on a remarkable, self-engineered bicycle, with an unusual but very aerodynamic position, with his arms below his chest. As was widely published, the cycle included bearings Obree had taken from a washing machine. Obree lost his record within a week, to fellow Briton Christopher Boardman, who used a carbon-fibre monocoque bicycle. Obree got his revenge on Boardman when he eliminated him in the semi-finals of the World Championships in the individual pursuit, which Obree eventually won. Obree regained the world hour record in 1994, although he lost it to Miguel Induraín later in the year. Obree saw his riding position banned in 1995, but he countered with yet another bicycle, employing the so-called “superman position”, in which the arms were extended forward, again realizing an aerodynamic position. Obree again won the the pursuit title with this new position, although it was also subsequently banned. Obree retired after a failed attempt to become a pro road racer, because he refused to take the doping that he, according to Obree, “would have been forced to take.” Obree later had personal problems and, after divorcing, twice attempted to take his life. In 2011 he came out as gay, and attributed his suicide attempts to his own personal conflicts with his sexual orientation.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1996 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) GBR Graeme Obree
Individual Pursuit, 4,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 11