By Ian Garland
Forget the two gold medals, tonight Laura Trott picked up the real prize for her Olympic achievement - a date with a prince.
Twenty four hours after she won the women's omnium - her second triumph of London 2012 - the 20-year-old was invited to join Prince Harry at the final of the women's beach volleyball competition.
And the pair got on like a house on fire, laughing and joking together as they watched the final medal matches in Horse Guards Parade.
Princess Laura? The 20-year-old double gold medal winner shares a joke with the giggling prince
Starstruck: Trott gazes at the Prince, her date for the night
In a matter of days, Trott, from Cheshunt, Herts, has been catapulted from a relative unknown to one of Britain's most famous Olympians.
But she looked at ease with the trappings of her newfound fame, grinning and swigging beer as she exchanged jokes with Harry.
Reaching the parts... The 20-year-old clutches onto a beer bottle as she leans in to chat with the prince
Dutch courage: She takes a quick swig of lager, while Harry tries to follow the action on court
The cyclist even managed to distract the single prince from the bikini-clad beauties battling it out on the court.
Nothing stands in the way of a romance, if Harry takes a shine to the cycling prodigy.
Trott is single herself, after splitting with fellow cyclist Sam Harrison before the Olympics.
She looks smitten... and Laura is single, having split from fellow Team GB cyclist Sam Harrison before the Olympics
Gooseberry: Laura's teammate, fellow double gold medallist Jason Kenny, has to battle for the prince's attention
Just here for the bikinis: David Beckham watches the all-American final with his sons (left to right) Brooklyn, Cruz and Romeo
Sporting pals: Beckham poses for a photo with Trott and Kenny
On the court, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh of the United States won gold in the all-American final.
The duo claimed their third consecutive Olympic title after they defeated number six seeds Jennifer Kessy and April Ross in straight sets.
USA v USA: Kerri Walsh Jennings (top) dives for the ball during the Women's Beach Volleyball Gold medal match
Champions: Kerri Walsh (left) and Misty May-Treanor (right) celebrate after winning the women's final, their third consecutive Olympic gold
In the earlier bronze medal match, Brazil's Juliana Felisberta and Larissa Franca staged a dazzling comeback to beat China's Xue Chen and Zhang Xi after being within two points of losing.
Juliana and Larissa, the reigning world champions, arrived in London as the favourites but their dreams of gold unravelled when they were upset in the semi-finals by Americans Jennifer Kessy and April Ross on Tuesday.
China's Zhang Xi misses a point in the bronze medal match against Brazil
Brazilian pair Larissa Franca and Juliana Silva won bronze with a 11-21 21-19 15-12 victory over Chen Xue and Xi Zhang of China
The royal luck ran out for the Duchess of Cambridge tonight. Kate was in the Olympic park watching GB's women's hockey team lose to Argentina in the semi-finals
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Hot to Trott! 24 hours after she landed her second gold, cycling Cinderella Laura is Harry's Olympic date
By Ian Garland