Sir Chris Hoy has admitted that, while he still plans to defend all three of his Olympic titles in London, he might sacrifice one or two to guarantee a gold medal.
The Scot, who is one gold short of Sir Steve Redgrave's British career record of five, won three of his four across five gruelling days in Beijing. He admits he took a risk at the Laoshan Velodrome last year - in trying to win three events he could have ended up with nothing. And the 33-year-old is unlikely to get any second chances after London.
"It's a risk and something you have to be aware of but I wouldn't be entering a race unless I had the belief I was going to win it," he told Press Association Sport.
"It's still quite a long time to the Olympics and anything can happen.
"At the moment, I plan to go for all three and it'd be lovely to defend all three titles but I wouldn't risk losing a gold medal for the sake of having three bronzes or three silvers.
"It's about winning gold medals and I'd rather have one gold medal than three silvers."
Changes to the track programme for London, mean Hoy's Great Britain team-mate Victoria Pendleton has a chance to emulate his Beijing achievements.
In China, Pendleton only had one event in which to compete - the sprint - and she won that.
But, following moves to equally split the 10 track cycling events between men and women, she will be a contender in two more, the team sprint and the keirin.
Speaking at a launch of his sponsorship deal with the sports nutrition company Science in Sport, Hoy added: "It's great news for Vicky. It's going to give her the chance to go for three events. It's something she's been outspoken about and quite rightly so, to try and get the parity between men and women."