The cycling power couple – who have amassed a stunning 10 Olympic track gold medals between them – were honoured at Buckingham Palace alongside footballers Alex Scott and Karen Carney
OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS Laura and Jason Kenny were honoured at Buckingham Palace today.
The cycling couple received CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) gongs from Princess Anne for their stunning Team GB medal haul at Rio 2016.
The 25-year-old four-time Olympic champion, who married six-time Olympic champion Jason Kenny last September is expecting her first child, and the bump was clearly visible at the ceremony.
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Mrs Kenny revealed “nothing compares” to being given the award, despite announcing her pregnancy, getting married and winning two gold Olympic medals in the last 12 months.
She said:”I almost feel like I don’t deserve it, there’s service people and it’s such a huge honour, but I feel like all I do is ride a bike.
“It’s actually nice – me and Jason are spending a lot more time together, we’re doing things we never really did, like going down to my parents’ house, for example.”
She said the Princess Royal, who led the ceremony, asked her “what it was like to have a break, to have a bit of time off – because obviously she’s from a sporting background herself so she knows what it’s like.”
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“So that was nice for her to say and actually realise that I haven’t had a break since 2010.”
Mr Kenny, who was also made a CBE for his services to cycling, revealed he was still considering whether to aim for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Mr Kenny said:”I’m still training, just ticking over, just relaxing, letting the dust settle. Obviously we’ve got an extra family member coming at the end of the year.”
He said he was “excited” but “a little bit worried” about juggling being a father with training for another Olympic Games.
“If it fits, it fits, and if it doesn’t then I’ll do something else.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal ladies defender Alex Scott and Chelsea attacker Karen Carney, were both at the Palace to collect MBE’s for services to Women’s football.
Scott, 32 has 132 caps for England and Birmingham-born Karen has represented the three lions 116 times, scoring 29 goals.