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My goal is definitely a gold medal still in Rio.
– Katarina Johnson-Thompson
You don’t not want to beat somebody because you’re friends with them.
It’s what happens in other major championships – I just lose my head a little bit.
I’ve been training quite hard.
It’s an individual sport; you want to do well for yourself.
You can only train three or four hours a day, so what do you do with the other 20 hours?
I’ve always followed this page on Instagram called the Sausage Dog Hotel.
In the lead-up to competitions, I just watch box sets and DVDs and play ‘Candy Crush.’
I used to play football with a load of lads, and I would be like a secret agent going out with a hat on so they wouldn’t see my hair in a bun.
I can’t change my personality. I’ll always smile, but I’ll be more focused.
I’m training once a day, four days a week, and just loving life.
I’ve got so many big gains to make in the javelin and the shot put. I know I’m not going to be winning the field in those events, but I need to do myself justice.
Beijing was a huge slap in the face, and it forced me to look at myself. I have to realise that this is my life.
As an athlete, you have to become quite selfish with your time and your body and your training.
You can exercise anytime, anywhere. It doesn’t have to be the gym.
I think 2020 can still be my time.
I feel like, when I’m 100% healthy, I can do anything.
It’s a huge step up from the European Indoors to then being a gold medallist at the World Championships.
When you see all the medals won by Team GB, you can just see how much it means to each and every athlete, so it just feel like it’s a little bit of a missed opportunity – but I’m only 23. I have just got to get on now and keep going.
I always said I wanted an Olympic medal. It’s the pinnacle of any athlete’s career.
If I can put it together, I’ve got an opportunity to win.
Obviously, when you’re up against somebody you don’t like there’s extra motivation, but I don’t think any person going for an Olympic gold is going to put friendship first.
I like to balance competing with studying. It’s hard work at the moment, but it could be worse.
I played a lot of football, and I was a goalkeeper, but I didn’t really like playing in goal.
An example of my average week would be the gym on Monday; Tuesday will be a technical session. I practice running and high jump on Thursday and then have another technical session at the weekend.
When I was a kid, I always had my hair in two plaits. But for dancing, I had to have it in a bun because I did ballet.
No one put pressure on me to go to the Olympics; once I’d got the qualifying mark, I just couldn’t say no.
I should have a better CV, and that’s knocked me into believing that I have to grab these opportunities while I can.
We are all trying to achieve our dreams.
I’m in awe of any Olympic champion, for sure.