REBECCA ROMERO has insisted that only gold will do at this summer's Olympic Games if she wants to officially be accepted in to the British cycling fraternity.
The 2004 Athens Olympics rowing silver medallist will arrive in Beijing as red-hot favourite for top spot in the women's 3,000m individual pursuit after disposing of American world champion Sarah Hammer to win gold at last month's World Championships in Manchester.
The 28-year-old, who retired from rowing due to a back injury in 2006, also landed the team title after joining forces with Jo Rowsell and Wendy Houvenaghel to win gold in a new world record time.
But despite her double success Romero claimed the likes of Olympic champion Chris Hoy and world and Commonwealth champion Victoria Pendleton would soon forget her unless she repeats the trick in the Far East.
She said: "In cycling it's all about winning gold, anything less is acknowledged but nothing more.
"Last year when I got a silver medal at the World Championships, I got a pat on the back and it was never mentioned again.
"That is something I like because when there is that aura of gold and it is the only thing the team accepts, everyone steps up to that challenge.
"I think we'll be going for gold all the way in Beijing."
Should Romero live up to her favourite tag this summer she will etch her name into the history books as the first woman to win Olympic medals in two different sports.
She said: "I don't have a problem with being the favourite.
"It depends on what kind of personality you are and how you deal with it.
"It's part of sport, it's not just the competition aspect of it, it's the external pressures and more so the internal pressures that you put on yourself.
"It's the highs and lows, the emotional aspect of it, you're being tested physically as an athlete but it's the mental capacity that is tested as well.
"It's going to get harder from now on.
"The Worlds was a hard enough test and I know it's just going to get harder.
"It's all to play for again. It was fantastic but it doesn't guarantee a medal for me or a gold medal in Beijing - I need to go there and get it."