'I'm proof of what you can achieve.' Laura Trott almost died as a baby but has defied the odds to achieve Olympic gold, twice!
11:38 GMT, 8 August 2012
Just over a year ago, Laura Trott was a promising youngster who thought she would get her chance at an Olympics in 2016.
Today the twenty-year-old is the proud owner of two Olympic gold medals (as well as one world and three European titles) and her path to sporting greatness is all the more remarkable having survived a collapsed lung as a baby.
Today the record-breaking cyclist told how she is lucky to be alive after she was born a month prematurely with a collapsed lung that threatened her life.
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Laura Trott and Chris Hoy show off their mega medal haul on Daybreak
this morning and the 20-year-old couldn't hide her delight at sitting
next to Sir Chris
Appearing alongside six time gold medal winner Chris Hoy in the Olympic
Village on Daybreak this morning she said: 'I was born early and I was in intensive
care for six weeks.
'My mum and dad were worried because they hadn't been given much hope but I'm here now and it just shows what you can achieve.
'I never would have expected this. I'm only 20, it feels so surreal and I'm sitting next to him!'
Great Britain's Laura Trott with her two Gold medals at Team GB house in London following the last day of the track cycling in the velodrome
The blonde from Cheshunt,
Hertfordhsire, also suffers from severe acid reflux, which means she is
sick after every race, but she says: ‘It’s the pressure you put your
body through. I am used to it now.’
Last night Laura won gold in the women's Omnium event, adding to the medal that her and teammates Joanna Rowsell and Dani King landed in the 3000m Pursuit event at the Velodrome on Saturday.
And she credits her mother Glenda with giving her the cycling bug.
Laura pictured recently with her mother Glenda – once a dress size 24 – who got her daughter involved in cycling when she took it up to lose weight
As a youngster Laura and her sister
(also now a professional cyclist) visited a Welwyn Garden City bike track
with their mother who at size 24 was desperate to find ways to lose
Within a year Glenda had lost seven stone and Laura was on her way to the Olymipcs.
Laura said: 'My mum really wanted to lose weight and a friend suggested that she try the local track.
'We all loved it. It was something we did as a family and we would go out on the bikes together.
'Soon I was spending every week on the track.’
Laura celebrates winning the Gold medal in the Women's Omnium on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympics
Laura celebrates winning her second gold medal
Today Laura is one of the Team GB's youngest Olympic winners and her future in sport is looking bright.
Talking about the London Olympics before the event she said: ‘It is everything I have dreamed of since I was eight years old.
'But I will take it as it comes. I always think, you are as good as you are, so I don’t worry too much.'
‘I have a lucky necklace, lucky rings, lucky earrings, lucky bracelet and a lucky hairband.
'The hairband snapped so now I have to tie it around my wrist. I know it is probably not what makes me win, but I have to wear all of them now for every race.’
Dani King, Laura Trott, and Joanna Rowsell pose with their Gold medal for the Women's Team Pursuit Track Cycling Finals
VIDEO: Watch Laura and Chris Hoy interviewed at the Olympic Village