Cycling's New Queen

Laura Trott's being hailed as the next big star in women's cycling after the Hertfordshire 20 year old won two Olympic gold medals at London 2012.

Laura - who used to train with the Welwyn Wheelers - claimed her second gold in the women's omnium on Tuesday 7 August 2012, having already won the women's team pursuit with team-mates Dani King and Joanna Rowsell.

It means she has joined other athletes including Dame Kelly Holmes and swimmer Rebecca Adlington in an elite club of British females to have won double gold at a single Games.

There was disappointment for women's cycling's current star, Victoria Pendleton, who could only win silver in her last race before retirement.

The 31 year old from Stotfold, Bedfordshire, was beaten by her rival - Australian Anna Meares - in the women's sprint event.

On the same afternoon, Sir Chris Hoy made history by winning the men's keirin to win his sixth Olympic gold medal.  It means he overtakes Sir Steve Redgrave's five medal haul to become Britain's most successful ever Olympian.

Laura's childhood health scare

Laura's family, from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, have spoken about how they find it hard to believe she has become a double Olympic gold medalist after they feared she would not survive when she was born with a collapsed lung.

Glenda Trott said she feared the worst when her daughter was delivered by Caesarean section in April 1992 and she was told Laura had a collapsed lung.

She spent six and a half weeks in hospital during which time she and husband Adrian were not allowed to touch the baby as she was fed through a tube.

But the plucky youngster, who also suffers from asthma, is set to be remembered as one of the stars of London 2012 after winning two gold medals, only the second member of Team GB to win two golds in this Games after fellow cyclist Jason Kenny.

Mrs Trott, 50, said: "To look at her today riding round the track is just amazing. She's just got so much determination.

"I just can't believe she's there.''

Trott's parents were told their daughter would need to take part in sport to help regulate her breathing and aged eight she began cycling when her mother took it up to lose weight.

Twelve years later, Trott won gold in the women's team pursuit on Saturday and on Tuesday won an individual title, claiming gold in the women's omnium.

Accountant Mr Trott, 52, who described himself as "exceptionally'' proud, said he had not expected his daughter to be able to compete in these Games.

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