Time for track cycling stars to get in on the Team GB medal fun in Rio
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Introducing our new Olympic columnist, Norfolk cycling star Vicky Williamson – who will be sharing her views during the Rio Olympics.
The Rio Olympics began with a spectacular opening ceremony and the medals are flowing thick and fast.
As always there is a high expectation from the British public upon the Great Britain cycling track squads. Boasting a lot of the reigning Olympic champions we have been extremely successful at both the Beijing and London Games. It's safe to say that all eyes will be on the velodrome when the action starts today.
Despite the sprint squad missing the likes of Victoria Pendleton MBE and Sir Chris Hoy they will still be looking to bring home some medals.
The reigning Olympic and current world champion, Jason Kenny, is a favourite to sweep up some gold medals not only individually but also in the team sprint event. The team sprint consists of Philip Hindes, the worlds fastest man one rider, followed by Jason Kenny and then finished with Callum Skinner, who is making his Olympic debut. This new trio have been looking very promising in training so will be looking to put out a great performance later tonight.
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One of the female track sprinters at the Games, Becky James, is also a strong medal hope. Becky has found some great form after suffering a knee injury which saw her miss out on the 2014/15 season. In 2013 she became a double world champion, and no doubt is excited to make an appearance at her first Olympics. Becky kicks off her campaign this Saturday with her favourite event the keirin, in which she picked up a bronze medal at the World Championships in London earlier this year.
The endurance squad too will be searching for nothing less than Gold in all events, in particular the men's and women's team pusuit events. British Cycling's golden girl Laura Trott is set to ride the team pursuit and omnium. She will be aiming to emulate her performances at London 2012.
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Outside of the velodrome Team GB's medal haul has already begun, with Adam Peaty and Jaz Carlin putting in some sterling performances to take our first medals of the Games. Luckily I was up due to an early flight departure so got to witness these live which was even better! A gold and world record for Adam in the 100m breaststroke, which was followed by Jaz taking a well deserved silver in the 400m freestyle – even more special after she missed out on London 2012 due to injury. Day three saw GB take home another two medals! This time it was two bronze medals for Tom Daley and partner Dan Goodfellow in the 10m cynchro event, and Ed Ling in the trap shooting. By day four another two silvers were earned in the pool, Siobhan-Marie O'Connor in the 200m individual medley, and the men's 4x200m freestyle relay. Unfortunately there were gutting scenes in the men's and women's road races, with Geraint Thomas crashing out in the last few kilometres and Lizzie Armitstead unable to close down the leaders due to the hilly terrain.
The time trials were also tough, with fellow Norwich girl Emma Pooley 14th, but Chris Froome did really well to claim bronze.
I can't wait to watch the rest of the Games, not only the cycling but all the other great sports, and I hope you will join me in getting behind Team GB, bring on the great!