Ready for Rio: Laura Trott on her medal hopes and wish to inspire a new generation of female athletes

In the run-up to the Rio Olympic Games, ITV News speaks to four Olympic hopefuls in Team GB. In the latest in our series Ready for Rio, today we profile Laura Trott.

One of Team GB's medal hopefuls has spoken of her desire to help inspire a new generation of sportswomen - but first, has her eyes firmly set on winning another Olympic gold medal.

Laura Trott was an unlikely champion.

She was born in 1992 with a collapsed lung and suffers from asthma, but credits her parents for giving her the "energy to never give up".

That attitude rubbed off on Trott who overcome her early health problems to become an international cycling star, winning two gold medals in front of a home crowd at London 2012.

Credit: ITV News
Credit: ITV News

The 24-year-old goes into Rio 2016 as strong favourite to add to her medal haul.

Ms Trott is currently training for Rio at Team GB's training base in Newport, Wales, alongside her childhood hero and fellow cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins.

It is an experience she struggles to describe.

"I still have that picture of me and Sir Brad from when I was little and he let me wear his Olympic medal.

"When I saw him for the first time - I think everybody from the outside world thinks that you all know each other. But actually the road and the track are very separate, so until Brad came back to the track, I didn't actually know him.

"It's very different now to when he first stepped back in", she added.

Laura Trott, pictured with Sir Bradley Wiggins. Credit: ITV News
Team GB's cycling squad for Rio 2016 sees Laura Trott alongside Sir Bradley Wiggins. Credit: Reuters

She is the most successful rider of the European Track Championships with ten gold medals, and was awarded an OBE in the 2013 New Year's Honours for her services to cycling.

However, medals aside, she hopes her achievements can help inspire a new generation of female athletes who need "an extra boost".

Laura Trott won gold for the women's omnium at London 2012 Credit: Reuters

"You get to that school age where you're really unsure about yourself and your confidence gets dropped.

"It's that age that I think really needs that extra boost and if we can get as many female role models out there and in the limelight as possible, I think that is going to inspire those girls to think 'so hang on a minute, if they can take part then so can I'.

At only 24, few would bet against her.