Hampshire Talented Athlete Profiles
Danielle King - GB track cycling team for London 2012 Olympics
(image (c) Luke Webber, British Cycling)
In March 2011, 20 year old Danielle King from Southampton represented Great Britain at the World Track Cycling Championships, where she came away with a gold medal in the team pursuit and a bronze in scratch. Here, the new world champion shares a short snapshot into her sporting life - and reveals a sporting pedigree!
Plus - read about her World Championship successes on British Cycling's website.
SHIOW: Huge congratulations on your successes at the World Championships! Other than winning the world championship team pursuit, what are your most notable achievements to date?
DK: In October of 2011 I was again part of the GB women’s team that added the European Gold medal to my achievements. I also won an individual Silver medal in the Omnium event (6 individual disciplines) at the under 23 European Championships in Kazakhstan.
SHIOW: What are your targets for 2012 leading up to the Olympics?
DK: The squad has now beenreduced to just 4 women, 3 of which will ride in London so my focus is making it in to the top 3. To achieve this I need to compete at the London World Cup in February and then get selected to ride at the World Championships taking place in Australia in March.
SHIOW: And beyond that? What are your targets for the next 3 years?
DK: To win gold at the 2012 Olympics, come in the top 10 in the World Road Race and medal at the Commonwealth Games.
SHIOW: What is the biggest challenge you have faced to date?
DK: Getting over glandular fever. This was a particularly hard time for me as I had trained as hard as I could for the Commonwealth Games so was bitterly dissapointed when diagnosed with the illness in June and told that I woudnt be able to compete for some months. On top of this, I then contracted Tonsilitus and needed an operation to get over it. I think that if I hadn't had the support from friends and family together with a determination to overcome the illness it would have been so much harder. Belief in your own ability is crucial at times like these.
SHIOW: What is your favourite sporting moment?
DK: Winning my first national championships.
SHIOW: Could you give one top tip for aspiring athletes?
DK: It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get back up!
SHIOW: What one piece of kit, equipment or food / drink could you not live without?
DK: My bike!
SHIOW: Who is your sporting hero?
DK: I’ve got many, including Sir Chris Hoy, Nicole Cooke and Kelly Holmes
SHIOW: If you had to describe yourself in 10 words, what would you say?
DK: Committed, Determined, Hard working, Fun, Driven, Outgoing, Caring, Focussed, Happy, Open minded
SHIOW: And finally, who has most influenced your sporting success?
DK: My Dad, he competed in 2 winter Olympic games himself, Biathlon skiing and has always supported me 100% throughout my sporting career.
Sports Development Officer (Performance)