Jamie Whitmore Receives a Key to the City Thursday

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Press Release - Paralympic Cyclist Jamie Whitmore to Receive a Key to the City this Thursday

Posted: 05/15/2018

Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly and members of the Elk Grove City Council will present road and track cycling Paralympian, Jamie Whitmore, with a Key to the City at a special ceremony held this Thursday, May 17.

Whitmore will be recognized for her cycling success during a presentation before hundreds of cycling fans attending the Amgen Tour of California’s Stage 1 Women’s Race and the Stage 5 Men’s Race Finish, North America’s premiere cycling event.

About the Honoree…Jamie Whitmore 2017 ATOC

Jamie started competitive swimming at the age of 5. She turned to running in High School and earned a scholarship to California State University, Northridge. After earning a degree in Criminology, Jamie gave Triathlon a try and started mountain biking. In late 2001, she turned pro in both Mountain Biking and Xterra (off-road triathlons) and dominated the Xterra scene both in the U.S. and overseas for nearly 7 years. Jamie held 37 Championship wins (more than any other female or male at that time), 6 U.S. Championship Titles, and 1 World Title. In 2008 Jamie was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, which was wrapped around her sciatic nerve that resulted in the loss of use of most of her left leg, a condition called “drop foot.” After three years and the birth of twin boys, Jamie returned to competition as a paracyclist. Jamie has won 9 World Titles (on the road and on the track) and set 2 world records in the 500TT and the 3K pursuit. Because of these great results, Jamie won an ESPY for Best Female Athlete With A Disability in 2014. As a member of Team USA, Jamie won gold and silver medals in the 2016 Rio Paralympics and a bronze medal at the 2018 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships. Jamie splits her time between Elk Grove and Somerset. Off the road and the track, she is a devoted mother and shares her story as a motivational speaker.

Jamie will receive the thirteenth Key to the City since the program’s inception in 2013. The Key to the City is an honorary gesture of appreciation and welcome reserved for notable Elk Grove residents who have made outstanding contributions benefiting the community.

For more information about the Key to the City program, visit www.elkgrovecity.org/key or contact Public Affairs Manager Kristyn Nelson at 916-478-2206 or [email protected].

What:              Key to the City Presentation

When:             Thursday, May 17, 1:00 pm

Where:            Amgen Tour of California Announcers Stage (Big Horn Blvd, south of Civic Center Drive)

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