It takes a gruelling training regime and a whole lot of passion to prep for the Olympics, even if you’re as talented as gold medallist Laura Trott. DFS, sponsors of Team GB, have been working with the team’s rising stars to look at the importance of rest and relaxation in the run up to Rio 2016.
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The kick-ass Laura Trott became the darling of British cycling in 2012’s Olympics, proving she had the grit to go the distance by winning gold medals in both the team pursuit and omnium races at just 20 years old. And now the reigning champion is hard at work training for her next chance to shine for Great Britain – Rio 2016.
Laura admits that life post London 2012 can be as challenging – she’s smack bang in the middle of the limelight as she and her fellow Team GB athletes prepare themselves mentally and physically for the Olympics. So how does she chill out and give her body and mind a break after her demanding daily training sessions?
Laura loves to step out of the lycra after a punishing hill session and feel like a girl again, hanging out on the sofa in her pretty cottage with her gorgeous dogs, Sprolo and Pringle. When in Rio, Laura said that it is her pooches she’ll miss most and says that having the support and love of her friends and family at home are key to feeling normal, even when she’s caught up in an Olympic whirlwind. And it’s not just the pros who need a to switch off after time in the saddle.
DFS acknowledges the importance of relaxation and home life as two key players in sports recovery, and have just unveiled the rather stylish Britannia – the centre piece of The British House, the official home of Team GB in Rio in time for this summer’s Rio Olympics.
‘At DFS, we know the importance of home. The value of proper rest and relaxation can be sometimes overlooked, but it has the power to make us truly great. The athletes we’ve been working with have shown us that, and we can’t wait to bring that ‘home’ feeling to Rio for all of Team GB.’