Alex Edmondson was identified by the South Australian Sports Institute as a potential star of the future having started in downhill mountain biking. He became a dual Junior World Championship gold medallist in 2011 and also made his first senior Australian team in the same year.
After being selected to make his Olympic debut in 2012, Edmondson did not get a ride at the London Games due to the depth in the men’s pursuit team who went on to claim silver.
Edmondson soon became a regular in green and gold and was a part of the 2013 and 2014 World Championship winning teams. After finishing with bronze in the team pursuit in 2015, he missed the 2016 event, where the Aussies claimed the title back, to focus on his professional road team.
The South Australian lined up in each of Australia’s three races in Rio. The team qualified third fastest before defeating Denmark in the first round to set up a clash with Great Britain for the gold medal. The British proved too strong as they broke the world record with Edmondson and the Aussies taking home the silver medal.
Edmondson’s sister Annette is a dual Olympian who won Omnium bronze at the London 2012 Games.