Canadian cyclist Kelsey Mitchell reaches out for fans hand

Kelsey Mitchell

Team Canada Medal Count

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Within two years of her first ride on a velodrome, Kelsey Mitchell became a world record holder, Pan American Games champion, and World Cup medallist in track cycling. She soon followed up that success by earning the title of Olympic champion in the sprint during her Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020. 

After graduating from the University of Alberta in 2016, Mitchell wasn’t sure what her future would hold. She had always been strong and powerful but didn’t exhibit great technical skills in any sport she had tried. Still holding onto an Olympic dream, in August 2017 she attended an RBC Training Ground event where she exceeded the national standard for track cycling on the watt bike. She soon took part in further testing and that fall was officially recruited by Cycling Canada.

After a few months of getting used to riding a bike, she spent the month of May 2018 training with the national track cycling team. Just about one year after she attended RBC Training Ground, she became a triple medallist at the 2018 Canadian Championships, including a national title in the sprint.  

After making her World Cup debut in January 2019, Mitchell competed at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games where she won sprint gold and team sprint silver. In September 2019, she won three medals at the Pan American Championships, where her performance was highlighted by breaking world record in the flying 200m sprint. During the 2019-20 World Cup season, Mitchell won four medals, including two silver and one bronze in the sprint as well as a gold in the team sprint with Lauriane Genest. In her UCI World Championship debut, she finished an impressive fourth in the sprint against an experienced field. 

At Tokyo 2020, Mitchell made it to the race for the medals in the keirin in which she finished fifth overall. Then on the last day of the Games, she claimed gold in the sprint in two straight races. That was just the second Olympic gold medal ever won by a Canadian track cyclist.

A Little More About Kelsey 

Getting into the Sport: Rode on a velodrome for the first time at age 23 and began competing a year later, entering her first track cycling race in February 2018…Outside Interests: Graduated from the University of Alberta in 2016… Odds and Ends: Inspired by the mentality and work ethic of Georgia Simmerling, another athlete who was a late transfer into track cycling from another sport…

Olympic Highlights

Games Sport Event Finish
Tokyo 2020 Track Cycling Sprint - Women Gold
Tokyo 2020 Track CyclingKeirin - Women 5

Notable International Results

Olympic Games: 2020 - GOLD (sprint), 5th (keirin)

UCI World Championships: 2020 – 4th (sprint), 5th (team sprint), 16th (keirin)

Pan American Games: 2019 – GOLD (sprint), SILVER (team sprint), 5th (keirin)

Pan American Championships: 2019 – GOLD (sprint), GOLD (team sprint), BRONZE (keirin)