There must be something in the water in Shropshire. In the case of Rachel, the youngest of the Athertons, it certainly seems so. At just 21-years-of-age she might just be the most talented of the bunch and over the past few years has become a major player in downhill racing. After winning a host of categories in 2005, she was named Times Young Sportswoman of the Year and hasn’t looked back since. Indeed, she totally dominated the women’s downhill circuit in 2008, winning the World Cup overall and taking World Championship gold. On her way to the World Cup title she took four World Cup wins and only missed out on a top two finish in one race – Fort William. Rachel was hit by a truck during pre-season training whilst out on a road cycle, and has not been back to competition since. She is well on the road to recovery, and plans to be fighting fit and a force to be reckoned with in 2010.
Rachel wins the world championships: http://video.mpora.com/watch/gvkFpHWIW/