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Joanna Ankier (born August 5, 1982) is a British athlete, whose main event is the 3000 Metres Steeplechase. She runs for the Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers club and starred in the video for the successful London Olympic Bid, running through the sights of London.

Joanna (Jo) is a former British Record holder in the 1500m and 3000m Steeplechase. She finished 7th in the Commonwealth Games (Melbourne, 2006).

Ankier's parents are Stephen and Loretta Ankier. She has one sister, Esther, and attended the Henrietta Barnett School, Nottingham University (where she studied physics and philosophy), and King’s College London, where she received a postgraduate sports law diploma. Ankier is Jewish.[1]

Jo Ankier also has a career outside of athletics as a television and radio presenter/sports reporter presenting on channels including Chelsea TV, Sky Sports News and UKTV Sport.


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Jo Ankier (born 5 August 1982) is a British athlete, sports journalist and model.


Jewish Chronicle, 17 August 2007, p.11-12: "The calendar girl who's going for gold"

  • This year I’m planning on hibernating from October until the Olympics next August. It’s that important to me. It drives me. And it’s very addictive. One of the cruellest things about the sport is that you’re never fulfilled or completely happy with your performance. You’re running against a clock so you always want to go faster and think that you can. That becomes an addiction.
  • I still haven’t learned to deal with situations like that very well — but I don’t think you should, because then you’re accepting defeat. It’s good to be stubborn, to be hard on yourself.
    • On leading all the way through a race and being beaten at the finish.
  • Ankier is anxious to avoid what she calls the “Anna Kournikova syndrome” — “I realise that a lot of the media attention I’ve got is because I don’t look horrible, but that can bring attention you don’t want.”

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