How Laura Kenny struck gold with Olympic medals and husband Jason

Laura Kenny has five Olympic gold medals (Picture: REUTERS)

As Britain’s most successful female Olympian, Dame Laura Kenny’s legacy will be hard to beat.

She’s won five Olympic gold medals over the course of her 13-year career and she captured the public’s hearts as one half of cycling’s ‘golden couple’.

But on Monday, the 31-year-old announced her retirement.

‘I have had an absolute blast but now is the time for me to hang that bike up,’ she said.

‘Having people say I have inspired women and girls to get active and get on a bike means the world to me,’ she added in a post on X.

Here’s a look back at her whirlwind career, romcom-worthy romance and family heartbreak.

Who is Laura Kenny?

Born in Essex in 1992, Laura was advised to take up sport to help with her asthma.

At first, she was obsessed with trampolining, but when her mum started cycling to lose weight, Laura soon found herself tagging along on the bike rides.

Laura Kenny cycling at the Olympic velodrome in Tokyo. Another cyclist is behind her.

She called her London Olympic experience an ‘absolute highlight’ (Picture: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Her older sister Emma also caught the cycling bug and went on to ride professionally.

Laura started winning junior races and she made waves in the British cycling scene. She earned a place on the British team pursuit squad aged just 18.

The team won gold at the 2010 European Track Championships, cementing Laura’s status as one to watch.

‘When I first met Laura, what stuck in my mind was how she was on what she wanted to achieve,’ her agent Luke Lloyd Davies said.

‘She said to me, ‘I want to be the most decorated British Olympian of all time’. I remember thinking, for a 21-year-old to have that determination is remarkable.’

Laura Kenny poses in a yellow dress and holds up her medal next to her husband Jason

Laura received a damehood in 2022 (Picture: Kirsty O’Connor-Pool/Getty Images)

‘It isn’t a job to me, but if it did feel like one, it would be a dream job,’ Laura said.

‘All I do is ride my bike for four hours a day and then lie on the sofa for the rest of it. I don’t feel like I’d ever fall out of love with it.’

What is Laura Kenny’s net worth?

Laura is reported to have a net worth of around £700,000. However, according to some estimates, her net worth could be as much as £3.5 million.

She has her own range of bikes on sale at Halfords and has had sponsorship deals with the likes of Adidas and Toyota.

How many Olympic medals does Laura Kenny have?

Over the course of her career, Laura Kenny has won six Olympic medals.

At the London 2012 Olympics, she won gold in the omnium and team pursuit with partners Joanna Roswell Shand and Dani Rowe.

Omnium is a cycling event made up of four races: the Scratch Race, Tempo Race, Elimination Race and Points Race. Cyclists gain points in each race.

Gold medallist England's Laura Kenny celebrates and holds a gold medal during a medal presentation ceremony

She’s Britain’s most decorated female athlete (Picture: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Laura said that the 2012 Games were an ‘absolute highlight’.

‘When I look back, I’m like ‘wow, those two weeks did really change my life’,’ she said.

Laura went on to win two more gold medals at the Rio 2016 Olympics in team pursuit and omnium.

At the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Laura won another gold in madison, an event where a team must complete more laps than their competitors, and a silver in team pursuit.

Who is Laura Kenny’s husband?

Laura Kenny is married to Jason Kenny – Britain’s most decorated Olympian.

Laura’s romance with her fellow professional cyclist started during training for the London 2012 Olympics – but Laura said that it wasn’t love at first sight.

Laura and Jason Kenny flirting while watching a beach volleyball game in 2012. David Beckham sits in front of them.

The couple started dating in 2012 (Picture: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Jason, who has seven Olympic track sprint medals, was too shy to speak to Laura at first.

However, he eventually worked up the courage to make a move and the pair were photographed getting cosy while watching a beach volleyball match at the 2012 Olympics.

Jason proposed to her in 2014 when they were sitting on the sofa watching EastEnders, and they tied the knot in September 2016. Laura said it was the ‘happiest day of my life’.

Laura Kenny wearing a white wedding dress and holding white flowers walking hand in hand with Jason Kenny on their wedding day.

They had a low-key private wedding (Picture: Instagram / Dame Laura Kenny)

The couple were nicknamed the ‘Posh and Becks of cycling’ – but Laura joked that the label was ‘slightly strange’.

‘Anyone who knows me and Jason knows that we are absolutely nothing like Posh and Becks!’ she said.

Jason Kenny poses with fiancee Great Britain's Laura Trott in their sports kits. Both are wearing their gold medals.

Laura and Jason are cycling’s ‘golden couple’ (Picture: PA)

They live in a cottage in Cheshire with their children and their two dogs, Sprolo and Pringle.

What is Jason Kenny’s net work?

Jason retired from professional cycling following the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and has since worked as a coach.

According to one estimate, his net worth is around £3 million.

Does Laura Kenny have children?

Laura and Jason have two sons. Albie was born in 2017, and Monty was born in 2023.

Laura and Jason Kenny with their oldest son wearing matching tartan pajamas and holding their two dogs.

Laura shared a family snap on Instagram (Picture: Instagram / Dame Laura Kenny)

Laura has talked openly about suffering a miscarriage and, just months later, an ectopic pregnancy.

‘My world felt like it crumbled,’ she said.

What will Laura Kenny do next?

For the moment, Laura wants to focus on raising her children.

She said: ‘It’s been in my head a little while, the sacrifices of leaving the children and your family at home is really quite big and it really is a big decision to make.’

‘Going on to win another gold medal, as much as I would love to do that, it wasn’t giving me the energy I wanted any more, it just wasn’t.

‘I wasn’t thinking, ‘I really want to go on and win one’. I was thinking, ‘I really want to stay at home with the children”.

She’s ruled out becoming a coach.

‘I could never be a coach because that’s just too much pressure for me, but maybe something in the background that would help the youngsters have the opportunities I had.’

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