Wedding planning helped Laura Trott relax ahead of Rio Games gold medal exploits


Wedding planning was a welcome distraction for Laura Trott as she became Great Britain's most successful female Olympian.

The 24-year-old track cyclist from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, won two gold medals at the Rio Olympics, successfully retaining the team pursuit and omnium titles she won at London 2012.

Trott is engaged to Jason Kenny, now a six-time Olympic champion after he won three gold medals over six days of action at the Rio Velodrome. The couple are to marry next month.

Trott's mother Glenda said: "They've got a wedding to plan. It's helped a lot, because Laura's got something else to occupy her mind. Jason just comes along and puts a suit on."

Kenny even joked he did not know the wedding date, while Trott hinted it was not just wedding planning on her agenda.

She wrote on Twitter: "Arghhhh!!!!!! I love him to bits @JasonKenny107 !! Our kids have to get some of these genes right?!"

Trott and Kenny's romance emerged at the London 2012 Games when they were pictured kissing behind David Beckham at the beach volleyball, having each won two gold medals.

Some observers joked British Cycling, famed for attention to detail, had even thought of a breeding programme.

Trott was born a month prematurely with a collapsed lung, but she was peerless on the bike in winning the six-discipline omnium.

Glenda, who was in Rio with husband Adrian, spoke of her pride in her daughter and soon to be son in law.

Laura Trott celebrates with friends and family following her gold medal in the women's omnium
Laura Trott celebrates with friends and family following her gold medal in the women's omnium (David Davies/PA)

"She's really worked hard to get here. She puts her heart and soul into her job," Glenda added.

"As parents and family, it's been an amazing time.

"Because they've got one another's support and they're in the same business together, if one's on a downer, something's gone wrong, they can help each other out and support as much as they can."

Kenny congratulated Trott on her success before claiming his own and receiving a rewarding kiss from his partner.

"No-one would know if you come in they're a couple. When they're in here, they've got a job to do," Glenda added.

And they did it emphatically.