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Britain’s most successful woman Olympian, cyclist Laura won double-gold at both London and Rio in the team pursuit and the omnium. Her win in the multi-disciplinary event formed a part of one of the most memorable Olympic occasions and Britain’s most successful Games ever. She won her fifth gold in the women's madison during the 2020 Tokyo games.
Laura Kenny is Britain’s most successful woman Olympian. She won her fifth gold and sixth Olympic medal in the women's madison during the 2020 Tokyo games.
Born with a collapsed lung and asthma, a young Laura was advised to get involved in sport to help her breathing problems. She and her older sister (who became a road cyclist) took up cycling with their mother and soon Laura was competing at junior level on the track.
After picking up junior national titles, the teenage Laura joined the senior cycling team, at the time one of the most successful teams in the world. Within two years she was a fixture in the squad and competing at the London Olympics.
Having already taken a number of golds in European and World championships, Laura, along with teammates Dani King and Joanna Rowsell, won her first Olympic gold in the team pursuit. The team also broke their own world record. Two days later, Laura won again, this time in the multi-disciplinary omnium competition.
After a time road racing (largely as practice for track competition) Laura continued her European and world success before travelling to Brazil as the favourite in the omnium and hopeful of repeating her team pursuit success. The team won again, and again broke the world record, making Laura the first British woman to win three Olympic golds (for 24 hours, before Charlotte Dujardin also won her third gold). Laura also led the omnium throughout and comfortably won on a memorable night in the Rio velodrome which also saw her finance Jason Kenny take his sixth career gold.
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