Jennifer Valente

  
  


Date of Birth: December 24, 1994
Height: 5'8"/1.73m
Weight: 165lbs./75kg./11.11st.
Place of Birth: San Diego, California
Hometown: San Diego, California
Residence: San Diego, California
Teams: Adams Avenue Bicycles, Exergy TWENTY12
Education: Cathedral Catholic High School/National University Virtual High School

Olympic/World Championship Experience

1st place — 2011 UCI Junior Track World Championships, Moscow, Russia, Women's Scratch Race
3rd place — 2011 UCI Junior Track World Championships, Moscow, Russia, Women's Keirin
11th place — 2011 UCI Junior Track World Championships, Moscow, Russia, Women's Sprint
12th place — 2011 UCI Junior Track World Championships, Moscow, Russia, Women's 500m TT

National Championship Experience

4th place — 2011 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships, Carson, California, Team Sprint
5th place — 2011 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships, Carson, California, Sprint
1st place — 2011 USA Cycling Junior Track National Championships, Frisco, Texas, Keirin, Points Race, Sprint, Time Trial
1st place — 2010 USA Cycling Junior Track National Championships, Trexlertown, Pennsylvania, Points Race, Time Trial, Sprint
2nd place — 2009 USA Cycling Juniors and Paracycling Track National Championships, Carson, California, Sprint
3rd place — 2009 USA Cycling Juniors and Paracycling Track National Championships, Carson, California, 500m TT
4th place — 2009 USA Cycling Juniors and Paracycling Track National Championships, Carson, California, Points Race

Career Highlights

2012 US Olympic Long Team member
1st place — 2011 Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix, Manhattan Beach, California
1st place — 2011 Dana Point Grand Prix, Dana Point, California
1st place — 2011 Tour de Murrieta, Murrieta, California, Road Race,
1st place — 2011 Roger Millikan Criterium, Brea, California

Points of Interest

Valente enjoys going to the beach and swimming when she is not on her bike.
Valente enjoys theatre and signed up for a drama after-school program.
As a high school freshman and sophomore, Valente competed on the varsity water polo team.

Personal

Growing up in southern California, Jennifer Valente has been around bikes her entire life. She rode around her San Diego-neighborhood on mountain and BMX bikes since she can remember. In 2008, at age 13, Valente enrolled in free classes for kids at the San Diego Velodrome and enjoyed it. She purchased a track bike and started racing in the summer of 2009.

She quickly saw returns as she reached the podium three times at the 2009 USA Cycling Juniors and Paracycling Track National Championships in Carson, Calif. Valente hasn't looked back since, collecting a total of seven national titles at the 2010 and 2011 USA Cycling Junior Track National Championships. She reached the pinnacle of still nascent career when she rode away with gold (Scratch Race) and bronze (Keirin) medals at the 2011 UCI Junior Track World Championships in Moscow.

Valente said she owes part of her success to her former coach, Mark Whitehead, who passed away suddenly in July 2011. "I worked with Mark till the day he passed away at Nationals in July 2011," Valente said. "I only knew him for a few years but in that time he taught me to never give up, to always try my hardest and give 100 percent, and to dream big."

With advice like that and the ability she has shown, their is no limit to Valente's potential.


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