Tonight could be the start of something big for Team GB track cyclist Wendy Houvenaghel.
The Cornwall-based 2008 silver medallist, from Upperlands in Co. Londonderry, is counting down to the Women’s Team Pursuit heats.
And, with confidence soaring, she hopes to go one better this time and go on to win tomorrow’s final.
Houvenaghel — who only took up serious cycling 10 years ago — will go for gold.
With a lot of pressure on the home nation, it will be a determined Houvenaghel, as she plans to quit the track at the end of the year.
“It doesn’t matter where we are in the world because our event is the same and we still go through the same process,” said Houvenaghel (pictured).
“In every single competition we enter we strive to be the best we can be and this is no different.”
Houvenaghel will have extra motivation to claim the ultimate prize. She missed out on a place in the team which included Danielle King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell, who won the track cycling world championships in Melbourne in April.
Seeking to relaunch the spirit of Beijing 2008, where she won her silver, she said: “For me it was a disappointment that I wasn’t involved then. What happened in Melbourne for the team was a success, but it makes you more determined than ever to be the best you can for the team.
“I have moved forward and I am looking forward to the competition and we are ready to go. It is quite hard to say just how fast any of the teams are going to go.”