British Explains How The Success Of The Games Encourages Practitioners And Says That Brazilians Will Have An Advantage By Competing At Home
For Laura Trott, Britain’s Olympic track cycling champion, nothing like a bit of success for the country to head into a new sport.
“Britain’s success in Olympic cycling certainly helped to improve conditions for the practice of sports on the streets. We have more bicycle lanes and more safety for cyclists in the cities,”explains Laura in an interview with out site.
“Today we see a lot of people on the streets, in numbers we’ve never had before, and many on the tracks as well,” he adds a water bottle via vintagesfinder.
The British track cycling team won seven of the ten medals of the London 2012 Games, matching Beijing’s mark four years earlier. In Athens 2004, they were two golds and the best result in the country since 1908. The results inspired the growth of cycling, which changed from a little popular sport to account for 75,000 members of the national federation. About two million people pedal weekly in the UK, with half of them joining the sport from 2009.
Laura, who won gold in London in Team Pursuit and Omnium, trains at the National Cycling Center in Manchester, which opened in 1994 and has the velodrome that was used at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. In Rio, The construction of the velodrome, which will be in the Olympic Park of Barra and will be part of the Olympic Training Center after the Games, has already begun. The British believe that this legacy may inspire a similar growth of practitioners in Brazil, although she remembers that people do not have to wait for the facility to be ready to start pedaling.
“Certainly the construction of new structures greatly increases participation, making the sport more accessible for people. But overall, it is so simple and cheap to go out on the street by bike and enjoy the ambiance and the fresh air. She’s very sociable too, something you can do with friends or relatives,”says Laura.
At the age of 22, the athlete wants to defend her titles at the Rio 2016 Games.”I think it will be a great spectacle,” says the British, who believes Brazilian athletes will come out ahead.
“Compete at home at the Olympics was unbelievable, much better than I expected. I tried not to keep my mind fixed, I let things happen. But having the support of the fans was fantastic. Whenever I went to the track the noise was incredible. It helped me a lot to win the medals. Brazilians will feel the same way,”he says.
The early days of Laura’s life were complicated, as a lung collapse eventually led to the development of asthma. However, medical guidance that she had an active life eventually led to the sport.
“First was swimming because it was good for my breathing. And then came the cycling. If I had not started swimming I probably would not have gotten here. I never thought I’d be a professional cyclist. I just pedaled for the pleasure, but when you start winning the races, you start thinking how far you can go,”he says.
For her, it was great to see how the whole country entered the Olympic Games fever.”It’s not possible to size this until you leave the Olympic Village and everyone wants to take pictures with you.” In the Village, we have no contact with the outside world, as if we were at Big Brother.”
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