Determined Trott has learned lessons from defeats
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Determined Trott has learned lessons from defeats

11 August 2016 / 09:00

Laura Trott could establish herself as Britain’s greatest ever woman Olympian this week - but whatever happens she doesn’t believe she’s in the same league as Sir Chris Hoy.

lauratrottGettyImages-587755760Trott is one of just nine British woman to have have won double Olympic gold and could edge closer to Hoy’s tally of six golds in the team pursuit and omnium, in which she won silver and gold at this year’s World Championships.

But she believes fiance Jason Kenny, with three golds and a silver from his two Olympic appearances, stands a better chance.

Both start their campaigns today - Kenny in the team sprint and Trott alongside Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker and Joanna Rowsell Shand in the team pursuit.

Qualify well and on Friday she could become the first British woman to win three Olympic golds, though dressage star Charlotte Dujardin will be looking for the same result on a very different mode of transport a few hours earlier.

“Whatever happens Sir Chris is still the God of cycling for me and I’m nowhere near him,” she said. “Just thinking about six medals seems a long way outside my comfort zone.”

“It’s weird being at the Olympics and not having Chris around as was a massive part of our team. Everyone looked to him for advice because he had so much knowledge."

Perhaps it makes Trott more comfortable to stay in the shadows, even she joked that she’d like to become Lady Laura should future husband Jason become cycling’s latest Knight.

Fans have become accustomed to track cycling success at recent Games, with seven golds in Beijing and London.

But since those heady days of 2012 not all that’s glittered has been gold.

Trott and the team pursuit squad went into the 2015 World Championships defending a four-year unbeaten record that included nine world records.

But they suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Australia, who took their world best for good measure. At this year’s World Championships in London they took bronze, behind the United States and Canada.

“Sometimes you need a defeat to remember you how much you want it,” added Trott.

“Perhaps we started going into events thinking we were going to win. I don’t think we ever took things for granted or were complacent but sometimes you think you’ll never lose. We’ve changed things and it’s brought us together.

“I love being part of this team and it gives me a buzz.”

LauraTrottTrott arrived at her debut Olympics as a three-time world champion, and has added four further rainbow jerseys to her collection since.

But Hoy and Victoria Pendleton were the stars of the team, four years on and things are very different. 

“I wasn’t fazed by it, I was young and coming from nowhere,” she said. “I had an attitude of ‘I’m going to win’ and nothing has changed.”

Trott might now be established as one the team’s superstars but there’s only one rockstar - Sir Bradley Wiggins.

He will start his bid for fifth Olympic gold in today’s men’s team pursuit, with a medal taking his collection to eight, which would also make him Britain’s most decorated Olympian.

"I still have that picture of me and Sir Brad from when I was little and he let me wear the Olympic medal he won in Sydney,” she adds.

“I didn’t really know him until he returned to the track team because our set-up and road racing, where he was focussed, are very different. It’s great to have him around and it gives everyone a buzz.

“He was an inspiration to me when I was growing up and after London I realised I was the same for lots of young girls too. I want to build on that and give them the self-confidence they need because too many pull out of sport too young.”

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