A family friend and former coach of Britain's most successful female Olympian today said she had always been a winner - "even as a tiny little tot".
Cyclist Laura Trott became the first British woman to win three Olympic golds over the weekend after her triumph in the team pursuit.
At her old club in Hertfordshire, the Welwyn Wheelers, a new generation of cyclists hoping to follow in her footsteps were being put through their paces by coach Francis Gallacher.
Mr Gallacher has known Trott since she was a child and first saw her climb onto a bike at the age of seven.
Mr Gallacher said "guts and determination" had helped Trott become an unbeatable force in British cycling - something that had been on show in everything she did, even as a "tiny little tot" in the swimming pool when he first met her.
He believes it is her achievements in both London and Rio that are fuelling an increasing interest in cycling.