Princess Leia Plaits And Hugs From Chris Hoy… What Really Happens Inside The London 2012 Velodrome

08 August 2012

London Olympics 2012 Victoria Pendleton

Victoria Pendleton waves as she finishes her last race


London Olympics 2012  By Sky Sports News Journalists Orla Chennaoui and Lia Hervey

Another day, another couple of golds, and yesterday’s were very special. We were lucky enough to be in the velodrome last night and were convinced the roof was going to pop with the noise.

Laura Trott wowed the crowd with her win in the Omnium and trust us, she’s such a star. But, as with all the female cyclists, one of the more unexpected challenges of the Olympics was what to do with her hair under the tightly fitted helmets. Olympic champion Dani King told us they tried hundreds of hairstyles but none would fit under the new shape. A bun at the back meant the helmet slipped, and a pony tail wouldn’t fit. In the end they found that if they plaited their hair and pinned both ends on top, Princess Leia style, it would fit.

 London Olympics 2012 Laura Trott

Laura Trott is a gold medallist

However, being Olympic champion and world record holder isn’t enough to make all dreams come true. Dani tried to sneak into the stands to get a pic with Prince Harry last night, but security wouldn’t let her anywhere near. In the end both she and fellow gold medallist Joanna Rowsell got a wave from Harry, and both said it was the highlight of their Olympics so far!

From His Royal Highness, to His Royal Thighness, and Sir Chris Hoy put in a stunning performance to get the crowd on its feet. He was incredibly emotional on the podium as he was crowned GB’s most successful gold medallist, surpassing Sir Steve Redgrave, and we must admit, we shed a tear too. We managed to catch him as he left the Olympic Village to get a close-up of the medal last night, and even got a Hoy hug. Surely an Olympic highlight?

 London Olympics 2012 Chris Hoy

Chris Hoy takes gold. Wooooop!

Victoria Pendleton didn’t manage to top off her Olympic career with the second gold of the Games she’d hoped for. She broke down in tears in the press conference afterwards and we just wanted to go give her a hug. But the tears were as much of relief as sadness. It’s been a long journey for Victoria, and she’s looking forward to life off the bike. She told us she can’t wait to get on with planning her wedding for next year and already knows what kind of dress she wants. She promises there’ll be no lycra in sight!

On to today and once again it’s all about the girls. Shanaze Reade has kicked off her mountain bike campaign, Ireland are going for their first gold of the Games in the form of women’s boxer Katie Taylor, and the GB women's hockey team take on Argentina for a momentous place in the final.

Go girls!



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