Cycling star Lizzie Armitstead was the toast of Yorkshire today after clinching Team GB’s first Olympic medal. The 23-year-old, from Otley, Leeds, was the first British athlete on the winners’ podium, picking up a silver medal in the 140km road race yesterday.
Swimmer Rebecca Adlington later added a bronze medal to the team’s tally.
Lizzie, who only started cycling aged 16, said after the race: “It’s something very special and it hasn’t sunk in yet. I’m really happy. Maybe later I’ll start thinking about that gold, but I’m happy with silver at the moment.”
Thanking the crowd for their support, she said: “It’s the most special thing I have ever experienced, it was absolutely amazing.
“I didn’t even feel my legs, it was just so special.”
Her family were thrilled at her success, especially her grandmother Marjorie Dunn who is often seen in Otley sporting a ‘I’m Lizzie Armitstead’s Grandma’ T-shirt.