Gold medal-winning look! Chic Victoria Pendleton oozes glamour in floor-length black gown as she leads the stars at Team GB's Olympic Ball
It's hard to believe that London 2012 was three years ago, and that sporting professionals and fans are gearing up for Rio 2016.
And on Wednesday night, just one year ahead of the big event, Victoria Pendleton led the glamour at the lavish Team GB Olympic Ball.
At the ball - held at London's Royal Opera House - the former Olympic cyclist looked impeccable in a standout black gown, that wouldn't have looked out of place on the red carpet at the Oscars.
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Glamour: Victoria Pendleton looked impeccible in a floor-length black gown as she arrived on the red carpet at the Team GB Olympic Ball at the Royal Opera House in London on Wednesday
While her body was pretty much completely covered in the swathes of black fabric, Victoria gave more than a subtle glimpse of her incredible figure, fit and honed from her years of athetic activities.
The curve-clinging dress was cut high on the neck and long on the skirt, falling behind her in a long floor-sweeping train.
Complete with long-sleeves, the dress included a racy side panel of curved sheer lines over her chest and side, to inject a touch of difference to the frock.
Racy touch: The 34-year-old retired professional cyclist gave a sneak hint of her slender figure under a curved sheer insert on the side of her frock
Oscar-worthy style: She kept it wonderfully sleek and simple in the black dress, which was complete with a tight fit and a long train
Keeping it classy and understated, the 34-year-old teamed the fetching garment with a pair of gold peep-toe heels, a tiny black clutch and a glittering bangle.
Her shoulder-length ombre locks looked gorgeous, swept into glamorous old-Hollywood-era effect curls, looking impeccable against her ruby red lips.
Although fans are used to seeing her in her cycling gear following her incredibly successful sporting career - from which she retired three years ago after winning the gold medal in the keirin category at the London Olympics - she certainly proved she suits red carpet attire even more so.
Injecting some more glamour into the event was TV presenter Georgie Thompson, who wowed in a halter-neck style super-tight blue dress.
Beauty: TV presenter Georgie Thompson wowed as she covered her slim, shapely figure in a tight navy blue dress
Awww: She put on a loving display with her handsome husband Sir Ben Ainslie, who looked like a true gentleman in his black tux
The 37-year-old wife of competitive sailor Sir Ben Ainslie showed off her stunning figure in the revealing garment, while wearing her blonde locks up in a funky, high updo.
She happily posed on the red carpet alongside her handsome husband - clad in a classic black tux - as they put on a sweet display of affection.
Other attendees at the ball included everybody's favourite Olympic diver, Tom Daley.
The 21-year-old cut a suave figure as he posed alone on the evening, not joined by his long-term partner Dustin Lance Black.
Making a Splash! Tom Daley cut a smart figure in a blue and black tuxedp
Pretty: Amy Williams - a former skeleton racer and Olympic gold medallist - went for a lovely lace look in a stylish dress
Showing what she's got: Retired Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle went for glitzy glamour in a strapless navy blue dress with a skirt slit
In the pink! The 30-year-old athlete jazzed up her look even further with a powder pink clutch bag
Dapperly clad in a blue and black tuxedo jacket, white shirt and bow tie, the handsome athlete - who recently went on a romantic holiday to Florida with his man - smiled for the cameras as he joined others at the event.
Amy Williams, 32, a former skeleton racer and Olympic gold medallist, put on a beautiful display on the red carpet in a cleavage-baring blue and nude lace frock.
Gymnast and former Dancing On Ice star Beth Tweddle went all-out in the glamour stakes, teaming a long ruched and embellished navy dress with a sleek side-parted curly hairstyle.
Monochrome maven: Windsurfer Bryony Shaw went for a very fashionable look in a white drop-waisted peplum dress, covered with black lettering
Ahoy there! Sailors Hannah Mills (left) and Saskia Clark showed off their fit physiques in on-trend dresses... and matching footwear
All black everything: Sailor Alison Young (left) and taekwondo athlete Sarah Stevenson (right) kept their eveningwear simple and mono-toned
She added a slight racy edge to her look with her fantastic legs just visible through the slit on the long skirt.
The 30-year-old retired athlete teamed her classy look with a powder pink clutch bag and shoes, and an extra pop of colour, her nails painted bright turquoise.
Victoria, who is now training to be a jockey, was one of the star guests at the evening, held by Team GB to celebrate the forthcoming Olympic Games.
Held to honour stars in the sporting industry who are hoping to make their mark in the Games in Rio next year, guests were treated to a champagne reception and a three-course dinner.
A legend! Sir Steve Redgrave attended the event with his wife Ann, who looked lovely in a lacy black dress
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