Nation: Great Britain
DOB: November 27, 1974
Career Highlights: A veteran of the Great Britain cycling team, Wendy Houvenaghel will be targeting Olympic gold in the team pursuit to end an
illustrious career. First selected for the national squad in 2003, Houvenaghel has a host of world and British titles to her
name. A team pursuit gold medal at the 2008 World Championships in Manchester was followed by individual silver at the Beijing
Olympics, losing out to Rebecca Romero in a British one-two in the individual pursuit. The 2009 World Championships saw Houvenaghel
win individual pursuit silver and team gold, and with the team pursuit replacing the solo version at the London Olympics,
she focussed purely on the Olympic event from 2010. The veteran in a strong British squad, Houvenaghel - alongside Dani King
and Laura Trott - set the fastest time in qualifying and beat the American team to gold in the final of the 2011 World Championships.
Squad rotation saw her left out of the trio that set a new world record at the World Cup event held at the London Olympic
velodrome early in 2012, and - despite a World Championships silver in the individual pursuit in 2012 - competition for places
will be strong going into the Games.
Olympic History: 2008