Courage! Olympic cyclist Joanna Rowsell was diagnosed with alopecia, which causes loss of hair from the head or body, at the age of 10. She first lost an eyebrow, then within months began losing clumps of her auburn hair. Soon she began to lose eyelashes.  While in everyday life she often wears a wig, she proudly competes bald beneath her helmet and has become a poster girl for the condition.

Hair loss spurred cyclist to gold

As she completed a lap of honour after winning Olympic gold, cyclist Joanna Rowsell pulled off her helmet to proudly reveal her bald head.

London 2012 Olympics: GB cycling champion Joanna Rowsell reveals how alopecia spurred her to gold success - Telegraph

London 2012 Olympics: GB cycling champion Joanna Rowsell reveals how alopecia spurred her to gold success

British cycling champion Joanna Rowsell has revealed how her hair-loss disorder, alopecia areata, spurred her on to be "even more focused" after becoming an overnight poster girl for all sufferers.

Double Olympic champion Joanna Rowsell Shand retires :http://gktomorrow.com/2017/03/15/double-olympic-champion-joanna-rowsell/

Double Olympic champion Joanna Rowsell Shand retires :http://gktomorrow.com/2017/03/15/double-olympic-champion-joanna-rowsell/

Cyclists Dani King, Laura Trott, and Joanna Rowsell

Inspiring: (L-R) Dani King, Laura Trott, and Joanna Rowsell of Great Britain pose with their Gold medal during the medal ceremony for the Women’s Team Pursuit Track Cycling Finals after breaking the.

Double Olympic champion Joanna Rowsell Shand announces retirement

Double Olympic champion Joanna Rowsell Shand announces retirement

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Joanna Rowsell, who suffers from alopecia, on why she refused to wear a wig to accept her gold medal

I wanted the world to see the real me: Olympic heroine Joanna Rowsell, who suffers from alopecia, on why she refused to wear a wig to accept her gold medal

Olympic cycling champion Joanna Rowsell Shand looks at why there is still a gap in the amount men and women receive in prize money.

Women's Sport Week: Why do women get paid less in prize money?

Olympic cycling champion Joanna Rowsell Shand looks at why there is still a gap in the amount men and women receive in prize money.

Joanna Rowsell cannot afford to have have an off-day when she's training with Sarah Storey.

Joanna Rowsell said Sarah Storey, My Heroine

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British cyclist Joanna Rowsell became a hero to many people experiencing Alopecia last weekend when she won two gold medals at the UCI World Cup. The 23-year-old twice appeared on the winner’s podium without her trademark wig, and afterwards revealed how her condition spurred her on to success after losing all her hair aged just ten. (http://www.belgraviacentre.com/blog/olympic-cycling-hopeful-joanna-rowsell-on-how-alopecia-motivated-her-to-gold/)

British cyclist Joanna Rowsell became a hero to many people experiencing Alopecia last weekend when she won two gold medals at the UCI World Cup.

Olympic cyclist Joanna Rowsell's hair loss inspiration hope - BBC News

Hair loss spurred cyclist to gold

Gold medal-winning cyclist Joanna Rowsell says she wants her success to inspire girls, who, like her, live with alopecia.

#rio2016 #cycling #britain Gold medalists Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell-Shand, Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker of Great Britain celebrate on the podium at the medal ceremony for the Women's Team Pursuit on Day 8 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Velodrome on August 13, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Their haul of medals makes them equals on the bike, but off the track it is a different story for British cycling’s golden couple Jason Kenny and Laura Trott - at least when it comes to money.

Joanna Rowsell celebrates winning Commonwealth Games gold -  Commonwealth 3,000m individual pursuit

Glasgow 2014: Sarah Clark grabs Scotland's third judo gold

Joanna Rowsell celebrates winning Commonwealth Games gold - Commonwealth 3,000m individual pursuit

Double cycling Olympic gold medallist Joanna Rowsell-Shand retires

Double cycling Olympic gold medallist Joanna Rowsell-Shand retires

'Having been part of the GB Cycling Team for over 10 years, travelling around the world racing my bike, today I am announcing my retirement from international cycling competition,' she said.

Dani King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell break the world record to win Women's Team Pursuit gold!

Three of Gold => Team GB win Gold for the women's team pursuit event on day eight of the Olympics L-R: Dani King, Laura Trott, and Joanna Rowsell

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