Dani King has enjoyed a meteoric rise since taking up cycling as a teenager and will be a key part of Great Britain’s all-conquering team pursuit squad in London.
A previous county-level swimmer, King was a relative latecomer to the sport after being spotted at 14 by British Cycling’s talent team on a routine school visit in 2004.
By 2006, she had joined the Olympic Development Programme as a sprinter and her development continued unabated.
The young hopeful received an e-mail in October 2010 from Paul Manning, the Great Britain coach for the women's pursuit team, inviting her to 'try out' with the other Academy & Podium riders.
Those trials proved successful and her career blossomed in 2011 when she represented Britain for the first time and made her mark instantly by winning gold at the World Championships in Holland.
By October, King had also won team pursuit gold at the European Championships and followed that up in February 2012 by setting a world-record time on her way to victory alongside Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trottat the Track World Cup in London.
That performance was all the more remarkable given the fact King had only got told on the morning of the final that she would even be part of the team.
Having taken that chance, King lined up alongside Rowsell and Trott again at the World Championships in Melbourne and the trio were unstoppable, breaking their own world record not once, but twice, on their way to King’s second rainbow jersey.