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68OLYMPIC REVIEWLONDON 2012Pendleton istargeting a hat-trick of goldmedals at theLondon GamesLONDON CALLINGOLYMPIC REVIEW BEGINS ITS COUNTDOWN TO THE 2012 GAMESWITH THE FIRST THREE INTERVIEWS WITH STARS OF EACHOF THE 26 SPORTS ON THE PROGRAMME, WHO WILL BE AIMING TO STRIKE GOLD IN TWO YEARS TIME IN LONDON

OLYMPIC REVIEW69LONDON 2012Track cycling has a new look for 2012,what are your plans?There will be three events in London, which I am trying to qualify for. In the team sprint I'mlooking for a team-mate that can deliver a standinglap of 18.9 and deliver me at a faster speed. Thesprint is the most important personally, it's the onethat I will really focus on and it's what I got into thisfor. The Keirin is a bit of a gamble to be honest, I will see what happens.What are you looking forward to most at London 2012?Having an awesome home crowd, we havesome very loyal supporters in Britain. The noise was incredible in Manchester, [at the 2006Commonwealth Games], I got goose bumps out of the gate and almost forgot to pedal! The plans for theOlympic Village look amazing and we won't have totravel far to the Velodrome. To be part of it all is goingto be fantastic and we will be able to see other events when we finish.How did your physique help propel you to Olympic gold?I don't really resemble any of the girls that I race against and don't think that any of them canreally believe how something so small can go so fast.I have a very good power to weight ratio and a verylow drag coefficient, which isn't traditional but I don'thave a huge peak power output like Chris Hoy does. I had trouble to get people to take me seriously to start with because I was so small.What does your average training dayconsist of?I get up around 08:30 and eat a breakfast ofwholemeal toast and cereal. Then I would make myprotein shakes and drinks for the day. I hit the gym at10:00 for about two-and-a-half hours with a focus on leg and core-work, then something like tuna pastafor lunch. I try to grab a quick five minutes with myfeet up before working with the bike from 14:00 until17:00, then protein shakes and home for a hugedinner. I snack for most of the evening and go to bed around 22:00. What do you like to do during any spare time?When I have a bit of spare time, which is notvery often, I like to do some dressmaking and I amalso well known for baking stuff. I like to read andhave friends round for dinner but the non-athletescomplain that I am making them fat!If you weren't an Olympic cyclist, whatwould you be?I wanted to be veterinary nurse when I was younger but I would probably be in the armedforces, I love routine.When did you decide on a career in cycling?I remember in my second year of University watching Jason Queally winning at the Games inSydney and thinking 'there could be something inthis'. I did work experience at the ManchesterVelodrome and I trained every day there. I was livingin a camper van in the car park! That gained meaccess onto the team. What music are you listening to at themoment?I listen to Breatheby The Prodigya lot. Fat of the Landhas to be my most listened to albumalthough recently I have been listening to a lot of 30 seconds to Mars'slater stuff. I like heavier,rockier music than pop. It creates the right mentalplace for sprinting.CYCLING VICTORIAPENDLETONGREAT BRITAIN'S BEIJING CHAMPION WILL BE AIMING TO EMULATE HER TEAM-MATECHRIS HOY BY STRIKING GOLD THREE TIMES IN LONDON AS THE NUMBER OFCYCLING EVENTS OPEN TO WOMEN IS INCREASED IN 2012AQAQAQAQAQAQAQAQ