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Track Cycling World Champion Skinsuit

Track Cycling World Champion Skinsuit

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This short sleeve one-piece skinsuit was worn by American track cycling World Champion Sarah Hammer (b. 1983) during the 2010 and 2011 season. Sarah Hammer is a five-time World Champion (2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013) and as of 2013, is a world record holder in a track cycling event called the individual pursuit. In the individual pursuit, two riders start from stationary positions at opposite sides of an oval cycling track, also called a velodrome, and race against each other for a distance of 4 kilometers for men and 3 kilometers for women.
Sarah used this particular World Champion “rainbow jersey” skinsuit design after winning the three kilometer individual pursuit at the 2010 Track World Championships, which took place at the Ballerup Super Area in Denmark. In cycling, the “rainbow jersey” is only worn by the reigning World Champion. The bands of blue, red, black, yellow, and green that are featured on the white jersey are the same colors that make up the Olympic flag and signify the five inhabited continents of the world. There are nine annually contested World Championship cycling events for men and women: Road Cycling, Track Cycling, Mountain Biking, Cyclo-Cross, BMX, Indoor Cycling, as well as Road and Track Para-cycling.
In addition to her multiple World Championship titles, Hammer competed at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in the individual pursuit and points race, and also won two silver medals at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in the team pursuit and omnium.
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Object Name
cycling skinsuit
skinsuit, cycling
date made
used date
2010-03 to 2011-03
Hammer, Sarah
Champion System Co., Ltd.
Physical Description
spandex (overall material)
white (overall color)
blue (stripe color)
red (stripe color)
black (stripe color)
yellow (stripe color)
green (stripe color)
overall: 30 1/2 in x 24 in; 77.47 cm x 60.96 cm
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catalog number
accession number
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National Museum of American History
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