Atherton wins BBC award

Rachel Atherton

Rachel Atherton (Image credit: Mark Gunter)

World Champion Rachel Atherton was named BBC Midlands Sportswoman of the Year for 2008.

"I feel really privileged considering the incredible athletes here," the 21-year-old said to BBC Radio Shropshire. After winning the women's downhill World Championships on the same day her brother Gee won the men's title, Atherton went on to win the World Cup downhill overall title, too.

"I never knew I'd achieve so much so soon, so I'm very proud - and just grateful the opportunity has arisen," said Atherton, who along with her brother Gee, finished third in the "team" award category. Both said they'd like to see downhill racing included in the Olympic Games.

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