Jason Kenny is one of the greatest Olympians in British sports history
Kenny has an estimated net worth in the region of £3 million
Only Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt have won more Olympic golds since the turn of the century
Jason Kenny is alongside the greatest British athletes of all-time.
While not as well known in sports betting as other icons like Ben Stokes, Harry Kane or Andy Murray, Kenny is a decorated and immensely successful cyclist.
Born in Bolton, Kenny ascended from promising young cyclist to Olympics star.
Who is Jason Kenny?
As Team GB dominated cycling betting, Kenny accumulated medals, becoming one of the most successful of all-time in his sport.
Aiming for more medal finishes in Tokyo this summer, Jason Kenny is in the spotlight once again.
His net worth, training, gold medal tally and more will be covered below – how much do you know about the cycling star?
Jason Kenny Net Worth
Jason Kenny’s net worth is estimated to be around £3 million. Despite big audiences for Eurosport cycling, the sport obviously isn’t as lucrative as many others.
Endorsements have more than played their part in the build up of Kenny’s net worth. Following the 2016 Olympics, Kenny was everywhere, including the Jonathan Ross Show.
The release of a book was lucrative, too, and brands were desperate to work with Kenny and his then-fiancé Laura Trott.
The couple live in one of the wealthiest parts of the country in Cheshire.
Jason Kenny Tokyo 2020
Jason Kenny is in search of history at Tokyo 2020. Kenny is tied with his friend Chris Hoy on six gold medals, and he’s only one behind Bradley Wiggins, the most decorated British Olympian of all-time.
Kenny heads into the games among the favourites, which is hardly surprising given his extraordinary career to date. His form has been up and down since Rio, however, and with this likely to be his final Olympics, the stakes are high.
Competing in three events, there are several opportunities for more Olympic glory in Tokyo.
Hoy is confident his former teammates can shine once again, “I definitely think he’ll win a medal of some colour, whether he gets a gold, who knows.
"I think it’s inevitable he’ll surpass my medal total and I think Laura will go past him. I think it’s going to be an incredible Games for the Kennys as a family.”
Jason Kenny Training
Exercise and fitness brands were unsurprisingly keen to work with the Kennys. In 2020, Peloton and Jason Kenny produced the ‘Ride To Gold’, to help people train like an Olympic athlete from home.
Kenny’s training regime is obviously out of reach for most mere mortals, and as with most elite athletes, it’s hard to comprehend the workload and discipline he has every single week.
In an interview with GQ Magazine, Kenny outlined his weekly routine, featuring a mix of gym work, short and long rides and set meals.
There’s only one off day a week in the Jason Kenny training plan – a Sunday with a bacon sandwich and a roast.
Jason Kenny Gold Medals
Jason Kenny has six Olympic gold medals. The team sprint triumph at the 2008 Beijing Olympics was his first, which is an event Team GB have gone on to win in London and Rio de Janeiro, too.
Kenny’s first individual gold came at London 2012 in the sprint. He defended that crown in Brazil. Also competing in the Keirin, Kenny won his third Rio gold in the event.
On top of his Olympic brilliance, the Bolton-born cyclist has also won three World Championship gold medals in Apeldoorn, Minsk and London.
Jason Kenny Wife
Jason Kenny is married to Laura Kenny, a fellow Olympic gold medallist and cyclist. They enjoyed a low-profile wedding near their Cheshire home just months after the 2016 Olympics.
Fellow Olympic legend Chris Hoy was in attendance, but they prioritized privacy, keeping the date and location a secret.
Their relationship began in the preparation for the 2012 London Olympics. Kenny proposed during an episode of EastEnders back in 2014.
Jason Kenny Son
Jason and Laura Kenny have a son together called Albert. It was announced in February 2017 that they were expecting their first child, and he was born in August of that year.
Laura has often posted updates with Albert on social media, including a viral post of him learning to ride a bike during the first lockdown in 2020.
Jason Kenny Retired
Following the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, Jason Kenny’s cycling career looked to be over.
Speaking to Cyclist, Kenny said, “Slowly but surely I’d just had enough, I’d been doing it for so long. I didn’t realise at the time, but I’d never really taken a break.”
Going into those games, Kenny was ready to call it a day. The demands of competing at an elite level are immense. Temptation struck, however, and Kenny began working his way back.
It started with mock training plans for if he would return. Before long, he was well on his way to getting back into the swing of top-level competition. While he enjoyed his time away, and a well-deserved break, it was only a brief retirement.
Kenny isn’t someone who wants the spotlight, but it’s a natural consequence when you’re as successful as he’s been.
“These little extra things are nice, but it doesn’t make any difference to what happens on track. No one cares what your name is, how old you are, how much you’ve won. When you go racing the best man will win.”
This career isn’t over just yet – Kenny is on the hunt for more glory.
Jason Kenny Twitter
Jason Kenny uses the Twitter handle @JasonKenny107. He’s yet to break the 300-tweet mark, and has just under 97,000 followers on the platform.
If Tokyo 2020 is as successful has his previous Olympic ventures, we can expect to see that follower number soar in the coming months.
*Credit for the main photo belongs to Patrick Semansky / AP Photo*