Victoria Pendleton is a British track cyclist who won gold in the sprint at the 2008 Olympics as well as gold in keirin and silver in the sprint at the 2012 Olympics. Additionally, Pendleton has won nine world titles. After 2012, Pendleton retired from cycling, and now competes as a jockey.
Laura Trott The double Olympic gold medallist says Victoria Pendleton was her cycling heroine but it was athlete Dame Kelly Holmes, who won gold in the 800m and 1500m at the 2004 Olympics, who really inspired her.
“I will never ever forget when she crossed the finish line and couldn’t believe that she’d won her second gold. I guess in a way, I’m following in her footsteps, which is nice, because I really did idolise her at the time.
"The more women’s role models we have the better. I was always quite sporty, so was going to be involved in sport.
"But for some young girls who are struggling, and don’t know whether to do it or not, to have people like Kelly Holmes, myself, Vicky out there, it’s so easy to feel like you can be part of their journey.”