New honour to add to the trophy cabinet

OLYMPIAN Dani King
OLYMPIAN Dani King
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CYCLING queen Dani King has been named amongst the Olympians honoured by the Queen.

Not only has Dani won Olympic gold in the team pursuit, seen a postbox painted in her honour, and had a cycle lane opened with her name on it, but she has now been made an MBE for ‘services to cycling’.

Dani used to swim as well as cycle, training at Portsmouth’s Mountbatten Centre, commuting there from her home in Hamble-le-Rice.

It was while at school she was approached by the British Cycling Talent Team to train with them.

Eastleigh Borough Council, which created the route, was also set to award Dani the Freedom of the Borough this month, along with Paralympic boccia gold medallist David Smith.

Dani is a world champion and a world record holder, as well as being on the gold medal team from London 2012.

Alongside Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott the trio set a new record for the discipline, with a time of 3:14:051.

It’s a far cry from the college girl whose career was feared over after a bout of tonsillitis and glandular fever left her sapped of energy and unable to get on a bike.