Olympic fever spreads to Upperlands

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OLYMPIC fever spreads south from Coleraine to Upperlands later today as Wendy Houvenghal goes in the team pursuit.

Thirty-seven-year-old Houvenghal will be watched by family members in the Olympic Park velodrome, including mum May and dad Philip McLean, as she aims to go one better than the silver medal she won in the individual pursuit at the Bejing Games.

The GB cycling team are in great shape and Wendy has been watching on as Bradley Wiggins won gold and Lizzie Armitstead clinched a silver medal.

Houvenaghel, who in 2009 combined with Armitstead to win Track Cycling World Championships team pursuit gold, is now eager for action.

Houvenaghel is set to compete in the three-woman, three-kilometre event — new to the Olympic programme — alongside Joanna Rowsell, Dani King and Laura Trott

‘Bring home the gold’ signs have already gone up in the small South Derry village in recent weeks and the villagers are getting ready for another celebration.