After the 2012 London Olympics, cyclist Sarah Hammer has become among the most decorated women cyclists in U.S. history – with her silver medal finish in the omnium, a six-event, two-day competition, and her team’s second place result in the team pursuit. “For the last few years I’ve been dedicating myself to this omnium event and right now I am the proud owner of two of these silver medals,” she told The Los Angeles Times. “It’s a dream that I’ve had since I was 10 years old.”

It’s a remarkable feat, considering nine years ago she walked away from the sport. “You know, I love cycling now more than I probably ever have,” Hammer told Uinterview in our exclusive interview. “So there’s not much that has to keep me motivated. I love what I do. Getting to push the limits every day, there’s nothing better than that.”

In addition to her Olympic success, Hammer, 28, who was raised in Temecula, Calif., is a four-time World Champion and world record holder. There’s no doubt her training regimen has played a big role in her success. “I have a variation. I do, obviously, track work. I ride the road as well, gym work and stationary trainer indoor work. Every day is kind of a mixture of those four things,” she told Uinterview. “I usually will do two-a-day workouts, six days a week.”

Hammer also spoke of the pride and privilege of competing in the Olympics. “The Olympic Games are such an amazing spectacle of sport, just being able to see people from all over the world doing very, very different sports, very different body types. It’s just an amazing, amazing thing to get everyone together.”

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Q: Why did you come back from retirement for the 2012 Games? - Uinterview User

You know, I love cycling now more than I probably ever have. So there’s not much that has to keep me motivated. I love what I do. Getting to push the limits every day, there’s nothing better than that.

Q: What types of foods are you eating as part of your training? - Uinterview User

A workout food, super food, for me is probably oatmeal. I like to start my morning off right with a nice bowl of oatmeal, a little brown sugar, some berries and a little bit of milk. That’s the best way for me to start my mornings. But what do I want to splurge on after the Olympics? Probably ice cream.

Q: What’s your workout regimen in preparation for the Olympics? - Uinterview User

I have a variation. I do, obviously, track work. I ride the road as well, gym work and stationary trainer indoor work. Every day is kind of a mixture of those four things. I usually will do two-a-day workouts, six days a week.

Q: What is it like to be a part of the 2012 Olympic Games? - Uinterview User

Being an Olympic athlete is amazing. I always said that, since we were young, watching the Olympic Games, you just get that sense of pride watching everybody come out together for the U.S., and what that feels like. It’s goose bumps. That’s the biggest thing. It’s pride. The Olympic Games are such an amazing spectacle of sport, just being able to see people from all over the world doing very, very different sports, very different body types. It’s just an amazing, amazing thing to get everyone together.