Dani King is an English track and road cyclist who has been extremely successful in the Team Pursuit discipline. 2011 saw her pick up Team Pursuit gold at both the European Championships, alongside Laura Trott and Jo Rowsell, and the World Championships, with Laura Trott and Wendy Houvenaghel. In 2012 she, along with Trott and Rowsell, again won two golds – at the World Championships in Melbourne and the Olympics in London – breaking the world record six consecutive times in the process. She was appointed an MBE for services to cycling in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List. A few months later she won Team Pursuit gold yet again, this time at the World Championships in Minsk along with Laura Trott and Elinor Barker.
She was born on November 21 1990 in Southampton England. Her father, Trevor, was a talented bi-athlete in his time and competed at two Winter Olympics, so unsurprisingly Dani showed athletic promise from an early age. Initially though this was not as a cyclist; Dani was a very keen swimmer and runner before she was picked up by a British Cycling Talent Team that called at her school.
Her career suffered a potentially serious setback in 2009 when she suffered from glandular fever. However, she was able to make a full recovery and spent her first proper season as a pro riding on the roads of Belgium for the Horizon Fitness Racing Team. She currently rides for the Wiggle Honda ProCycling Road Team alongside GB sprint team mates Laura Trott and Jo Rowsell.