Returning road cyclist Emma Pooley insists she's not going to August's Olympic Games for the experience, but because the opportunity to potentially win an elusive gold medal.
The 33-year-old retired from road racing in 2014 but was encouraged to return to the fold by the prospect of a mountainous time trial course in Rio de Janeiro.
Pooley claimed silver in Beijing in 2008 and is in contention for a place on the plane to Rio to support Britain's world champion Lizzie Armitstead in the road race and then potentially challenge for the top spot in the time trial.
She told Press Association Sport: (opens in new tab) "I really don't feel like I'm coming back for revenge, because I 'only' got silver.
"I'm not desperate to go for the going's sake. I'd much rather someone else went if I can't do well.
"If I'm not in a medal-winning position I don't have to go. I really don't just want the tracksuit."
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Pooley turned to triathlon after walking away from cycling, winning the Alpe d'Huez and Embrunman events in 2015, along with two duathlon world championships.
She made her return to cycling at the Tour de Yorkshire in early May (opens in new tab) and is scheduled to ride the Aviva Women's Tour in June (opens in new tab) before the Olympic squad is announced.
"I have really positive memories of Beijing. A year before I hadn't though I'd ever go to an Olympics," she added.
"To come away with any kind of medal was just insanely exhilarating. I was really proud of my performance and amazed to get a silver medal.
"In London the only thing I regret is that the course was flat. (Rio) is more about opportunities. I'm an athlete, I'm unashamedly competitive and I like winning things.
"The Olympics, with that course, seemed like quite a good opportunity for my characteristics as a cyclist. I could do well. It's an opportunity and other people think the same."
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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.
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