British BMX ace Shanaze Reade is confident of gold medal success for herself and the Great Britain cycling team at the Beijing Olympics.
Reade, who was born in Crewe in Cheshire, also said that having BMX as a sport at the Olympics in China this year was a “dream come true”.
“I definitely think there could be four gold medals (for the GB cycling and BMX team). I think we can be the top sport that gains the most gold medals and medals at the Olympics,” said Reade at the Manchester Velodrome.
“That is a personal goal for all the riders to achieve more gold medals than any other sport. I think we could have one of the most successful Olympic games at British cycling that we have ever, ever had. We are going in as one of the top cycling nations and I really think we can take a lot of gold medals home.”
Speaking about going to Beijing and BMX being included in the games for the first time, she said: “It’s like a dream come true. When I was picking my GCSE options BMX popped up the next day as being included in the Olympic Games. None of us believed it at first. It was an absolute shock for me that it got introduced into the Olympics.”
The 19-year-old also revealed that if she had to pull out of competing in China like eventer Zara Phillips recently had to she would take the same positive attitude.
Reade said: “You have to be an all-round athlete and accept what’s been put in front of you. If I’m not meant to go to the Games then that is how it should be but every athlete is worried this time of year about injuries.”
Reade has already set her sights on competing at future Olympic Games.
She said: “I have opened a massive door for myself in track cycling and in London (Olympics in 2012) I would not only like to take part in BMX but also track cycling.
“That would be a massive achievement for me to be able to do two different disciplines in the same Olympic Games.
“For me that is one of my main goals to do. I’m not sure how far I can go with the sport of track cycling.
“I have only ever done track cycling for six weeks at a time and won two (track world championship) gold medals so there is a lot of work for me to become a full-time sprinter but I really believe I can.”