Laura Trott: The golden girl

Laura Trott: The golden girl

17th August 2016

We’re so proud to be sponsoring this superstar cyclist! Laura’s stunning track performances really are something spectacular, and her performance in Rio has been extra-ordinary. The Golden girl has become Britain's most successful female Olympian by winning four Olympic gold medals and retaining her omnium title.

"I can't believe it. I didn't expect that at all," said a tearful Trott, who matched her team pursuit and omnium victories from London 2012 in Rio.

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Laura burst onto the cycling scene in 2010 when she became the junior world champion in the omnium.  By the time the 2012 London Olympics arrived she had added more world championship gold medals in the team pursuit and omnium. Sure enough, at the Olympics she won two gold meals for – you’ve guessed it – team pursuit and omnium.  But that was just for starters! Then she powered through the European and world cycling events to become the most successful rider (male or female) in the history of the European Track Championships.

At the World Championships in London earlier this year Laura was so dominant in the omnium – a mixture of six riding disciplines – that the crowd rose in an ovation as she finished her final lap to win a gold medal!

But Laura’s path to being an Olympian had difficult beginnings. She was born one month prematurely with a collapsed lung and was later diagnosed with asthma. She took up cycling with her mother to help her health and then discovered she had rather an aptitude for the sport!

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Laura has been described as having ‘an iron resolve’ and it’s clear that at 24 she is just at the beginning of an awesome career. So far she has won 22 gold medals in different competitions but her ambitions continue as she hopes to achieve and even beat Sir Chris Hoy’s haul of six Olympic golds in cycling which her fiance Jason Kenny has just equaled by winning the dramatic keirin. These two are a 'power couple' at it's best - the golden pair are unstoppable! 

Looking good, Laura, and there is further success to come. But one of the things we love most about you is your down-to-earth personality – here’s how Laura describes herself on Instagram: ‘I ride round in circles for fun…’.

Now that’s our kind of Olympic champion!

We joined Laura at her home to see how she trains – and relaxes!

Five things you may not know about Laura

  • Laura has a leisure centre named after her – the Grundy Park Leisure Centre was renamed the Laura Trott Leisure Centre in her honour in after it was redeveloped in 2014.
  • Laura is an OBE. She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to cycling.
  • Her dogs are sproodles – a cross between a poodle and an English springer spaniel – and are called Sprolo and Pringle. And she is going to miss them most when out in Rio.
  • She is engaged to Jason Kenny, another Olympic cyclist who won gold medals in the team sprint and individual sprint at the 2012 Olympics.
  • Laura is entitled to wear the Rainbow Jersey in competitions for a year as she is a World Champion in the team pursuit.

Laura swaps Lycra for a Stella McCartney gown on our Britannia shoot.

Laura ditches the Lycra for a Stella McCartney gown on our Britannia shoot.

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Get your sofa ready for Rio

Get your sofa ready for Rio

13th July 2016

It's less than one month until the biggest festival of sports kicks off again in Brazil. We all remember enjoying those fantastic moments from London 2012, and we're all hoping for similar highs to celebrate this time around. In addition, these big sporting moments are the perfect opportunity to bring friends and family together, to experience the action in one place, sharing all the emotions. 

For most of us, that one place is going to be our living room. If you're looking at your living room right now and thinking 'How am I going to host a big group of people here?', DON'T WORRY. We've got you covered, with five top tips to get ready, get set and go when the action kicks off on August 5th. 

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1. Make sure you've got enough seats: pretty much the biggest factor. How many people are coming? How many can you squeeze on the sofa? What other chairs or objects can you make use of? Think bean bags, think cushions, think garden furniture, think footstools. If you need anything extra, check out our range of fast delivery products here. One of our favorites is the Zinc from our exclusive French Connection collection.

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2. Make sure everyone is comfy: time to take a look at your team. Who is going to sit where? Who has special requirements? Who won't mind squeezing in and cuddling up? You want everyone in their right place. Those marginal gains helped Team GB in 2012, and they'll help you this year 

3. Test out the angles and perspectives: success in sports is all about practice. It's no good getting your seats sorted and getting everyone comfy if they can't see the TV and end up missing Adam Peaty crushing it in the pool. Get the team over for a warm up, try out different layouts, think about height differentials. Leave no stone unturned in your quest for sporting perfection

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4. Analyse the most efficient routes to refuel: if you're packing people in, make sure your supply lines stay clear - and make sure you've got someone up to the job of keeping your team refueled. We don't want to see anyone nodding off as Laura Trott comes round the bend and into the final straight 

5. Make sure your re-hydration stations are well distributed and can be replenished: as with any high performance athlete, keeping properly hydrated while involved in sports is paramount. Even if you're only watching on the TV. Spread the drinks around, get those coasters laid out, and make sure the team's fluids point person is well trained and on it. Practice those tea rounds in advance if possible

Why not try a bar tray for your all party needs. We love this one from Honestly Yum!

Why not try a bar tray for your all party needs. We love this one from Honestly Yum!

There you go. Our ultimate guide to getting your sofa (and living room) up to scratch to enjoy the best of Brazil this summer. And of course, we're on hand to provide design inspiration throughout August if you need to freshen up your approach before the summer's out. 

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