Now she was one of the star's of the Olympics, winning double Gold in cycling, and today Laura Trott was back at the Essex hospital where she was born to open a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit..
20 year old Laura was a month premature when her Mum gave birth at the Princess Alexandra hospital in Harlow and was seriously ill but staff at the Unit ensured she made a full recovery as Russell Hookey explains
Double gold medal winner Trott admits she 'feels like a kid'
Double gold medal winner Laura Trott said today she still feels like "a 10-year-old kid" despite her Olympic success.
The 20-year-old, from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, said taking both the titles was "surreal" and that she had been unsure whether her win at the Track Cycling World Championship in Melbourne earlier this year was just by chance.
She said: "It still feels totally surreal for me, I still can't believe this is happening, I'm just a 10-year-old kid.
"I didn't know whether I just fluked it in Melbourne and whether I could beat them all again. So it's just amazing, especially to do it in front of a home crowd."
Great Britain's Laura Trott was in silver medal position with one event remaining in the women's omnium, as Team GB hoped to continue their Olympic gold rush at the velodrome.
The 20-year-old team pursuit champion was in second place, one point behind Sarah Hammer of the United States, entering the 10-kilometre scratch race, with the duo's nearest rivals seven points behind.