Trott on her amazing Olympics: Beckham bought me a sandwich and Prince Harry invited me to the beach volleyball!
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Laura Trott is as happy as it is possible to be. She has the Olympic rings painted on to her fingernails, a smile to illuminate the room and two, large gold medals hanging around her neck.
‘I’ve not let go of them — and no, I don’t think I’m going to!’ she said.
In the space of four days she had won the team pursuit and the omnium, becoming a double Olympic champion and changing her life for ever.
When she stops beaming, it is only to giggle at the madness of it all. After her triumphs, Trott went out with her boyfriend to the beach volleyball. Perfectly normal behaviour for a 20-year-old with something to celebrate, but the reality of her new life would soon become clear. Now an Olympic VIP, she was placed next to Prince Harry and behind David Beckham.
When she kissed double gold medallist Jason Kenny, a host of telephoto lenses ensured it became both public confirmation of a previously unknown relationship and front-page news.
Kiss and tell… the world: Laura Trott and Jason Kenny share a kiss, which
revealed their previously unknown relationship
12 cycling medals
Bradley Wiggins: Men’s time trial.
Chris Hoy, Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny: Men’s team sprint.
Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke and
Peter Kennaugh: Men’s team pursuit.
Victoria Pendleton: Women’s keirin.
Dani King, Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell: Women’s team pursuit.
Jason Kenny: Men’s sprint (2nd gold for Kenny).
Laura Trott: Women’s omnium (2nd gold for Trott).
Chris Hoy Men’s keirin: (2nd gold for Hoy).
Lizzie Armitstead: Women’s road race.
Victoria Pendleton: Women’s sprint.
Chris Froome: Men’s time trial.
Ed Clancy: omnium.
‘It wasn’t the way I thought it was going to come out, to be honest,’ she said. ‘We knew there would be cameras, but we were sitting just along from David Beckham and Prince Harry, so we assumed they were pointing at them.’
Trott was invited to the event by the Prince, when a schedule change stopped him seeing her, after she won the second of her two gold medals. While she was unsurprised to see real royalty, she admits she cannot say the same about the sporting version. She said: ‘David Beckham was there! He was a total surprise! It was nuts. He turned round and said: “You’ve won two gold medals”, and I was like “Oh my God! He knows who I am!”’
And then, even in the midst of a mad week, the moment Trott selects as being one of the strangest: ‘He bought me a sandwich!’ she said, with another laugh. The movement causes her medals to clink together and she laughs even more.
‘It was pork with some kind of weird apple sauce on top, but it was bought for me by David Beckham!
Doubling up: Trott eases down after wining gold in the omnium
‘It just turned up as we were sitting there, just by Prince Harry — how nuts does this sound already — and I said, “Who got this” and Becks turned round and said, “I got it for you”, and I’ll be honest, I’m not sure what I said. It has been that sort of week.’
She admits that it was not until she left ‘the bubble’ of the Olympic village that the scale of her achievement fully struck her — ‘everyone has got gold medals in there, there’s loads of them’.
In the spotlight: Trott poses with her medals
‘Then you come out of the village and
people start coming up to you and you don’t know them. That’s weird,
when people want your photo, or an autograph, because they saw you on
TV. That’s when it hits you.’
And yet, among the madness, Trott appears extraordinarily grounded. Keeping her relationship with Kenny a secret was not hard because ‘nobody knew, apart from those that needed to, so nobody asked’.
She also smiles at the unexpected
nature of her victories. ‘I dreamed of getting two Olympic golds,’ she
said. ‘I was going to have to win them in Rio, but now I’ll have to
defend them there instead.’
is proud of the successes British Cycling has enjoyed, with 12 medals
(eight of them gold) and how the British women have performed.
seems like women sometimes can be a bit self-conscious, or that they
find it hard to throw themselves into something sporting, harder than
men do anyway. But perhaps if they see what we’ve done and how we’ve
done it, it’ll influence a few people. That would be brilliant.’
now, though, she has different, more pressing priorities. She said:
‘Now it’s holiday and chilling! No riding for a month, no bikes at all.
I’m not going near them!’