Published Monday, 06 August 2012
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After taking silver at Beijing four years ago, the Co Londonderry cyclist was hoping to go one better in London in the women's team pursuit.
But half an hour before the final on Saturday, Houvenaghel found out she had not been picked for the three-strong lineup, much to her surprise and disgust.
"I just feel bitterly disappointed," she told UTV.
I feel that Northern Ireland and I have lost the gold medal because of one man's decision
"I was led to believe that again I would be riding in the final and up to 30 minutes to go I was riding in the final and that opportunity was taken away from me in 10 seconds from the head coach who just said 'you're not riding' and there went Northern Ireland's Olympic gold."
Houvenaghel was one of four members of the Team GB squad alongside Dani King, Laura Trott and Jo Rowsell.
She would have received a medal had she taken part in any round leading up to the final.
"It was very brutal," Wendy continued. "Getting yourself ready physically and mentally to take part in an Olympic final is something that you don't learn overnight.
"I was in the zone and ready to go, fully prepared for the race then suddenly there was no race. This goal has been one I've worked on over the last six years."
The 37-year-old said she will now consider her future in the sport, but added: "I'm reluctant to let this be the last experience I have on my bike.
"I'm reluctant to make any rash decisions now."