Annette Edmondson was identified by the South Australian Institute of Sport as having the physical attributes of a cyclist after completing a range of measurements and physical activities at school. Edmondson began competitive cycling and never looked back, making her Olympic debut at the age of 20 at the London 2012 Games.
Leading into London, Edmondson joined Melissa Hoskins and Josephine Tomic to claim team pursuit silver at the 2012 World Championships. With their sights set on going one better at the Olympics, the trio qualified third in the preliminary round in London. They were then beaten into the gold medal ride by a United States team just 0.082 seconds quicker than the Aussies, sending Edmondson and company into the bronze medal race against Canada. Further heartbreak followed as the team in green and gold was edged out of the bronze medal spot by just 0.181 seconds.
Determined to improve on fourth place in the team pursuit,
Edmondson backed up for the gruelling six leg Omnium event that made its debut
at the 2012 Games. The youngster’s consistency saw her finish in the top four
in five of the six events and secure the bronze medal behind Great Britain’s
Laura Trott and Sarah Hammer of the USA.
After finishing on the World Championships podium in 2013
and 2014, Edmondson made history in 2015 alongside Melissa Hoskins, Amy Cure
and Ashlee Ankudinoff as the quartet won World Championship gold and broke the
world record. She would back the team pursuit result up with gold in the Omnium
to become a dual World Champion.
A year later everything certainly didn’t go as smoothly. A
fortnight out from the 2016 World Championships Edmondson collided with a car
and was hospitalised. She recovered though and helped Australia to fifth in the
team pursuit while securing the same result in the Omnium.
More trouble hit at her second Games in Rio where a crash in training cruelled the Aussies chances of pushing for a podium finish. Edmondson lined up in all three of the team’s rides in Rio as they eventually defeated Italy to claim fifth. She would go on to claim eighth in the Omnium.