Rebecca Romero's motto in life is 'Live Your Dream' and this is exactly what she did. Not content with a silver medal in rowing at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Rebecca achieved her ambition of a Gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics – however this time in cycling. As the first British athlete to compete in the summer Olympic Games in two different sports and the second woman in history ever to win Olympic medals in two different sports, this puts Rebecca into a very elite group of athletes.
At the age of 17, Rebecca decided to take up rowing at her local club. The combination of her natural talent, effort and determination allowed her to progress quickly and, after only 8 months in the sport, she was selected for the Great Britain team at the 1998 Junior World Championships. This was the start of a promising career, where she managed to pick up several World Championship titles.
Despite all of her success, Rebecca retired from rowing and, shortly after, was approached by the British Cycling team who discovered she had world-class potential in yet another sport. After 5 months intense training, she took part in her first race and was crowned the 2006 British Time Trial Champion.
However, Rebecca wanted to raise the bar further and prove her cycling talents on an international stage. In 2007 she won a World Championship silver medal and then improved upon this in 2008 when she became World Champion in both the individual and team pursuits. She then became Olympic Champion in the individual pursuit at the 2008 Olympic Games, thereby fulfilling her dream. In January 2009, Rebecca was awarded an MBE in the Queen's New Years Honours.
Rebecca retired from professional cycling in 2011 after her event was cut from the Olympic programme.