“When I crossed the ine in Beijing I couldn't contain myself”

Athletics Weekly|March 19, 2020

“When I crossed the ine in Beijing I couldn't  contain myself”
IN THE LATEST OF OUR SERIES, 2008 AND 2012 100m CHAMPION SHELLY-ANN FRASER PRYCE RECALLS HER OLYMPIC EXPERIENCES
SHELLY-ANN FRASER PRYCE

I HAVE many memories of the Olympics. In 2008 I was just young and I wouldn’t say inexperienced, because I won the Olympics, but I was really young and excited at the opportunities just to compete and have fun.

I wasn’t really paying attention to much of the excitement until after, when you look back and think ‘wow, I made it at the Olympics’. Then, in 2012, I was seasoned – I knew what to expect and the pressure was different from 2008. That’s one of the reasons why, over the years and with experience, I’ve learned not to put too much pressure on myself as an athlete. The more you compete, the better you get and 2012 was a learning experience. In 2016 I was dealing with injuries, especially my toe, and not having a great season but still showing up regardless and coming away with a bronze medal for my efforts.

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March 19, 2020