Alison Shanks had two strikes against her during her outstanding cycling career.

She followed closely in the footsteps of Sarah Ulmer, one of the golden girls of New Zealand sport, so initially struggled to forge her own identity in the public consciousness. And her best event, the 3000m individual pursuit, was no longer contested at the Olympics in 2012, when she would have been a gold medal favourite.

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Alison's Games History

  • Olympic Summer Games London 2012

    • Cycling - Track (Team Pursuit - Women) Qualifying: 3:20.421 Q First Round Heat 2: 3:18.514 Q Finals 5-6: 3:19.351 Placed 5 of 10
  • Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010

    • Cycling - Road (Individual Time Trial - Women) Final: 40:30.71 Placed 10 of 28
    • Cycling - Track (500m Time Trial - Women) Final: 36.565 Placed 6 of 13
    • Cycling - Track (3000m Individual Pursuit - Women) Qualifying Heats 1 to 8: 3:32.114 Final: 3:30.875 1
  • Olympic Summer Games Beijing 2008

    • Cycling - Track (3000m Individual Pursuit - Women) Qualifying Round: 3:34.312 Qualifying Round: 3:32.478 Final 3-4: 3:34.156 Placed 4 of 13
  • Commonwealth Games Melbourne 2006

    • Cycling - Road (Individual Time Trial - Women) Final: 40:17.25 Placed 7 of 14
    • Cycling - Track (3000m Individual Pursuit - Women) Qualifying: 3:40.733 Final: 3:40.878 Placed 4 of 11