SHE’S the golden girl of British cycling with an Olympic gold medal to show for it – but glamorous Victoria Pendleton has laughed off suggestions that she is a sex symbol.
Britain’s most successful female Olympian, who added gold and silver to her haul in the Velodrome during an emotionally-charged farewell Games, has become an instant pin-up among an army of fans who refer to her simply as Queen Vic.
And as she showed off perfect pins in a gold – what else? – mini dress at a post-Olympics party, it was easy to see why.
But 31-year-old Pendleton, who is now planning to marry sports scientist Scott Gardner, told the Daily Express:
“I’d never see myself as that (a pin-up) – that is very funny.”
Gorgeous Pendleton, who has adorned the cover of numerous magazines, makes no secret of her love of shopping, shoes and dressing up and teamed her sequin-covered dress with nude Christian Louboutin heels.
She says retiring from cycling means she can treat herself to some retail therapy whenever she wants.
Pendleton, who comes from Stotfold, Beds, and has a £1million contract as the face of Pantene Pro-V shampoo, said:
“I’m looking forward to planning our wedding – and trying on lots of dresses.
“I really need a holiday too and I’m planning to go with Scott towards the end of the year. Scott is Australian and we want to see his family when we’re there. We want to be there over Christmas time.”
Pendleton, who also won gold in Beijing in 2008, was joined at the bash for Team GB heroes at One Mayfair Hotel in London by the new star of British track cycling Laura Trott, who won two gold medals at London 2012.
Trott, 20, wore a daring black dress and pink heels and was accompanied by her boyfriend Jason Kenny, who also cycled to two golds in the Velodrome.
The Queen’s granddaughter Zara Phillips, who won silver with the Team GB eventing team, opted for an elegant black number at the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note mobile phone.
As Team GB showed off their medals, famous faces, including pop princess Kylie Minogue, queued up for a picture.
Other partygoers included gold medal winning rower Alex Partridge, 31, 5,000m runner Emily Pidgeon, 23, synchronised swimmer Jenna Randall, 23, and her younger sister Asha, 22, and 800m runner Andrew Osagie, 24.
Zara, 31, was first on the dance floor as Kylie performed her 1980s classic Locomotion.
She said: “I’m really happy for all the support I’ve received – the family are very proud.”