Emily Batty cycling at London 2012.

Emily Batty


Emily Batty may consider herself a “girly girl” but that doesn’t mean she isn’t a tough competitor. She made her Olympic debut at London 2012, racing just days after breaking her right collarbone in training. She was taped up and pushed through the pain to finish 24th. Batty had been enjoying a breakthrough season leading up to the Games, reaching the World Cup podium for the first time in March 2012 in what was just her second season as an elite racer. She continued her rise in 2014, winning silver at the Commonwealth Games behind teammate Catharine Pendrel and finishing sixth at the UCI World Championships. She also finished fourth overall in the World Cup standings with one second place finish in her seven starts. In 2015 Batty competed at her first Pan Am Games in Toronto, where she battled back and forth with Pendrel for the lead before taking the gold medal by seven seconds. She also posted three top-five finishes in her six World Cup starts and finished seventh at the world championships. Batty claimed her first world championship medal in 2016, winning bronze in a sprint finish. She went on to just miss the podium at Rio 2016 with her fourth place finish, one spot behind teammate Catharine Pendrel.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents Rick and Cindy Batty… Husband Adam Morka is also her coach and professional mountain biker… Older brothers Eric and Mark… Younger sister Charlotte… Grew up on a cattle farm… Getting into the Sport: Followed her older brothers into mountain biking at age 10… All of the Batty children were competitive racers… Outside Interests: Enjoys gardening, home decorating, moto dirt biking and riding trail bikes in places like Moab, Utah… Supports the Pfaff Porsche Hero Ride, a 250km trip (Toronto-Collingwood) in support of Bridgepoint Active Healthcare and Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation… Looks forward to waking up early to make breakfast and coffee while watching the Today show… Odds and Ends: Always wears a pearl necklace that used to belong to her mom from when she was a teenager dating her father… Favourite motto: Karma! To always give and send good energy/intentions. See the good in everything you do… Spends winters training in Tucson for almost the past decade…

Olympic Highlights

Games Sport Event Finish
2012 LondonCycling - Mountain BikeCross Country - Women24
2016 RioCycling - Mountain BikeCross Country - Women4

Notable International Results

Olympic Games: 2016 - 4th2012 – 24th

Pan American Games: 2015 – GOLD

Commonwealth Games: 2014 – SILVER

UCI World Championships: 2016 - BRONZE; 2015 – 7th; 2014 – 6th; 2013 – 17th; 2012 –  18th; 2011 – 8th; 2010 – 5th (U23); 2009 – 11th (U23)