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Shanaze Reade gears up for the Olympics

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In the same week that Olympic Organising Committee Chariman, Seb Coe, visited the newly completed 2012 mountain biking course at Hadleigh in Essex, one of the U.K.’s brightest cycling hopes has suggested that she might be challenging for gold on two fronts at next year’s London games.

Shanaze Reade, 22, from Crewe, had been tipped for the top at the BMX event in Beijing at the 2008 Olympic Games, where she was the only British female competitor in the inaugural BMX event. Unfortunately, a crash in the final prevented her from finishing the race and dashed the hopes of her many, many supporters. However, Reade, who is a determined and tenacious athlete, has not let her negative experience in China undermine her drive for success in 2012. Once again she is being tipped for golden greatness and has been hailed as one of the leading medal hopes of Great Britain’s Olympic Squad.

What’s more, she’s broadening her horizons, muting the possibility of challenging for a medal in both BMX and Track Cycling. Although Reade has conceded that BMX will be the focus of her training in the run-up to the 2012 London Olympics, she has not ruled out competing in the velodrome cycling event as well. She has serious credentials in this cycling sport, having taken the gold medal in the Team Sprint at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Palma de Mallorca in 2007.  Whilst competing in both events would undoubtedly raise the profile of this accomplished and talented young athlete, it would also considerably increase the enormous weight of expectation being placed on her shoulders.

*** Photo By Les Haines ***

Tags: 2012 British Team, 2012 Olympic Games, BMX, London Olympic Games, Lord Coe, Mountain Biking, Mtb, Seb Coe, Shanaze Reade, Track Cycling

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