End of the road for Sharon's London dream
CYCLIST Sharon Laws has missed out on a dream place at the London 2012 Olympics after failing to make the final cut for the road race team.
The 38-year-old from Bourton-on-the-Water was one of the more remarkable stories to come out of the Beijing Olympics four years ago.
A keen cyclist in her youth, Laws hadn't raced competitively until she entered the Australian Road Race Championships in 2008.
Then aged 34 and working Down Under, Laws decided to race on a whim and remarkably came second, alerting British cycling of her talents.
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Eight months later she was on the plane to Beijing and helping Nicole Cooke to claim Great Britain's first gold medal of the games in the women's road race, but not before more incredible drama.
The call came despite her breaking a leg in the build-up to the Games, with Laws saying she would be unable to attend the opening ceremony in the Bird's Nest Stadium due to being unable to stand for such a lengthy period.
Cooke will again lead the four-woman team for the London Games with Beijing time trial silver medalist Emma Pooley also selected.
Laws was shortlisted for the team a week ago, but has failed to make the final cut with Team GB selecting Olympic debutants Lizzie Armistead and Lucy Martin to ride alongside Cooke and Pooley.