Dani King: London 2012 gold medallist weighs up appeal against Rio snub

Dani King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell Shand on the podium with their London 2012 gold medals

Dani King (left) won team pursuit gold at the London 2012 Olympics with Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell Shand

Dani King was surprised to learn she could challenge British Cycling’s decision to not select her for the Olympics and is considering an appeal.

King, 25, won Olympic gold in the team pursuit at London 2012 but, on the advice of British Cycling, switched full-time to road racing last year.

“Initially I was told that I couldn’t appeal as I wasn’t a programme rider,” King, the second-highest British rider in the world standings, told BBC Sport.

“I’m going to explore that option.”

King was overlooked when the GB squad was revealed last week but British Cycling’s interim performance manager Andy Harrison later revealed athletes outside its funded programme could now appeal.

“I haven’t really been given a fair explanation as to why I haven’t been selected to be completely honest,” King said.

“I was given nine criteria at the start of the year which I’ve been working toward and I’m absolutely gutted.”

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Emma Pooley and Nikki Harris, who have been chosen to support lead road rider Lizzie Armitstead, are both ranked below King, who has called the decision “unfair”.

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King considering Olympics appeal

King defied expectations by returning to elite racing after a life-threatening training crash in November 2014 left her with eight broken ribs, a bruised liver and punctured lung.

She stopped receiving UK Sport funding two months later and was told she would not be considered for the Rio track cycling team late last year. She has been focusing exclusively on road racing ever since.

“I have really enjoyed being on the road this year and I feel I’ve exceeded all expectations in terms of my results,” she added.

Despite the Olympic omission and the controversies surrounding British Cycling following the departure of technical director Shane Sutton amid claims of sexism and discrimination, King refuses to be too critical of the national set-up.

“When I was on the programme I was supported really well – it’s just disappointing that I feel like this selection hasn’t been fair to me,” she said.

“I’m not here to slag off British Cycling and I do wish all of the British riders a lot of success in Rio.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/36636034

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