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Lauren Price: 'Olympic gold would top everything in my career'

Wales' first female boxer to compete at the Olympics had success in football and kickboxing before switching to boxing.

Team GB medal hope Lauren Price told The Duke of Cambridge that boxing gold at Tokyo 2020 would top everything in her extraordinary career.

Price, 27, made over 50 appearances for Wales Women's national football team and won senior world and European kickboxing titles before focusing on her Olympic dream.

In an interview for BBC Sport, Price, who will become Wales' first female boxer to compete at the Olympics, spoke with Prince William about her remarkable life and expectations for Tokyo.

Lauren Price in conversation with The Duke of Cambridge
Lauren Price in conversation with The Duke of Cambridge (Kensington Palace)

"The Olympics mean the world to me and if I was to go and win a gold medal it would top everything in my career," said Price, who was raised in Ystrad Mynach, Glamorgan, by her grandparents, Derek and Linda.

"I remember being sat in the living room with my Nan and Grandad watching the Olympics and seeing Kelly Holmes win gold, and at the time I didn't know what sport I wanted to do, I just wanted to go to the Olympic Games."

Four-time world champion and six-time European champion at kickboxing, Price won the inaugural Welsh Premier Women's Football League title with Cardiff in 2013 and won 52 senior caps for Wales before quitting football to focus on boxing in 2014.

Former taxi driver Price, whose grandfather died last year, revealed her sporting dreams in a story she wrote at school.

Middleweight Lauren Price won gold at the 2019 European Games in Minsk
Middleweight Lauren Price won gold at the 2019 European Games in Minsk (Martin Rickett/PA)

Nan Linda told the BBC: "Lauren said she wanted to be a world champion kick boxer, play football for Wales and go to the Olympics and the teacher laughed. I said, 'you should never try and shatter their dreams.'

"It's just sad that her grandfather's not here to see it because he would have been the proudest man in the valley."

GB Boxing performance director Rob McCracken added: "She's a phenomenal athlete and a real role model for the females, certainly at GB Boxing and in the team.

"She's in a great position now to go on and fulfil her potential, which is winning an Olympic medal."

:: Watch the full chat between the Duke of Cambridge and Lauren Price on BBC Sport's website now.

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Thursday's key events

· Comeback queen and super-mum Helen Glover goes for her third Olympic gold alongside Polly Swann in the women's pair final (1.30am)
· There is also a medal on offer for GB pair Emily Craig and Imogen Grant in the lightweight women's double scull final (2.10am)

· As second-fastest qualifier for the final, Team GB's James Wilby is among the medal contenders in the men's 200m breaststroke (2.44am)
· Alys Thomas takes part in the women's 200m butterfly final, although he faces a difficult task to challenge for the medals (3.28am)
· Caeleb Dressel of the USA has been touted by some as the successor to Michael Phelps, and he has the chance to notch up a fourth Olympic gold in the men's 100m freestyle final (3.37am)

· After Team GB's men narrowly missed out on a medal, the women get their campaign underway against the Russian Olympic Committee (3am) and New Zealand (10.30am)

· It is a Great Britain vs. Netherlands double-header, with the men up first in Pool B (4.15am)
· Most eyes will be on the women's showdown between the two nations, though, as Netherlands - the world's best team - look to gain revenge on GB for defeat in the 2016 Olympic final (11am)

· Mallory Franklin takes part in the women's canoe semi-final, and will hope to do enough to qualify for the final later in the day (6am-8.45am)

· With Simone Biles now out of the women's all-around final, the competition has been blown wide open. Team GB twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova are among those taking part (11.50am-2.05pm)

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