Laura Trott is new golden girl of British cycling after London 2012 Olympics double
PUBLISHED: 13:11 08 August 2012 | UPDATED: 17:37 10 August 2012
Andy Stenning/ Daily Mirror
WELWYN Wheelers’ double Olympic champion Laura Trott is the new golden girl of British cycling after adding the women’s omnium title last night (Tuesday) to her gold medal in the team pursuit.
QUEEN VICTORIA’S crown slipped at London 2012 but Laura Trott believes she is ready to assume the throne after establishing herself as British cycling’s superwoman with double Olympic gold.
Don’t be fooled by her girl next door looks. Trott can scrap with the best of them, as she proved by adding an exhilarating omnium gold to the team pursuit crown she had already secured.
At 20 years old, Trott has only tasted success on the international stage and after setting three world records en route to securing the first ever women’s team pursuit gold with Joanna Rowsell and Dani King, she turned her attentions to individual glory – and she didn’t disappoint.
Eleven years her junior, Trott has the same amount of Olympic titles as Victoria Pendleton, who pedalled off into the sunset after settling for silver in the individual sprint.
And while Trott believes it would be disrespectful to suggest she has already taken on her idol’s mantle, she’s convinced there is plenty more Olympic treasure for her to plunder.
“I’ve got many more Olympics to compete at,” she said.
“I don’t know how I’m going to match winning two golds at a home Games. Hopefully if I keep on working I can win more in the future.
“I am definitely up for stepping into Vicky’s shoes. I don’t want to step into Vicky’s place just yet but I am definitely up for it.
“Vicky is awesome and she is my idol. She has been there throughout my childhood and I want to follow in her footsteps.”
Trott is part of the endurance squad at present while Pendleton was a sprinting specialist but her omnium performances proved that if it’s on two wheels, the youngster can win it.
The omnium is the most grueling events but 5ft 4ins Trott certainly packs a punch and after two victories in the flying lap and elimination race on day one, as well as tenth in the points race, she led overnight.
After second and third in the individual pursuit and the scratch race, she was two points behind the USA’s Sarah Hammer going into the final event of the six – the 500m time trial.
Trott needed to win the event and hope Hammer finished outside the top four. She inevitably kept her side of the bargain, and so did Hammer, ensuring it was double gold to add to the two world titles she won in the spring.
Having turned 20 in April, Trott is just two-and-a-half months older than Rebecca Adlington was when she won two Olympic gold medals at Beijing 2008 and she is set for similar stardom – as soon as her London 2012 feats sink in.
“I can’t believe this has happened to me, I really can’t,” she added. “I came in for the second day of the omnium not feeling as good as the first day.
“I was losing my head a bit in between events because they weren’t going the way I wanted them to really, but to finish off with that 500m, I actually can’t believe it, I am so happy.
“Paul Manning, my coach, has got me to peak right on time really and I couldn’t ask for much more from the coaching staff.
“It felt amazing being up on the podium, it felt a bit lonely without the other two [King and Rowsell], but it was just amazing, I really can’t believe I’ve done it.”
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