King sets herself high standards
Dani King is determined to keep her remarkable record in team pursuit competition going in Minsk this week.
The 22-year-old has won every team pursuit competition she has entered, the exception being the Manchester World Cup in February 2011, when she was riding for Team 100% ME, a junior team as the senior British team won.
Six weeks after that King became a world champion for the first time in Apeldoorn and she defended the title 12 months later in Melbourne before adding the Olympic title last August.
Britain's have four world titles in the event, which was incorporated in the programme in 2008.
King said: "Every team pursuit I've ridden, apart from Manchester World Cup, I've been in the winning team.
"It's the expectation I put on myself. I don't want to come away with anything but the gold."
King will team up with double Olympic champion Laura Trott, who is also a two-time world team pursuit champion, and Elinor Barker, who is making her senior World Championships debut.
Barker takes Joanna Rowsell's place, with the Olympic champion concentrating on the road, but is a prodigious talent and won the Glasgow Track World Cup event last November.
Instead of the new girl being the weak link, it was King who was struggling after enjoying her Olympic success a little too much.
Training camps either side of Christmas in Perth, Australia and Majorca have restored King's fitness for a bid for the world champion's rainbow jersey.
"I was completely honest at Glasgow," said King, who also hopes to ride in the points and scratch races in Minsk. "I was probably going the worst I've ever gone in a team pursuit.
"We won and pulled it together and rode well as a team in the final.
"I'm in a lot better shape than I was then; I can't be going any worse, that's for sure.
"Glasgow was a shock to system, so it was really good to get out to Perth for a really good block of training.
"We were on the track, on the road and in the gym. It was really nice to leave everything behind - the chaos at home since the Games - and just focus completely on getting really fit again."
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