Christian’s thoughts ahead of Rio 2016

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We caught up with Christian Malcolm one of GB & NI most successful sprinters to find out his thoughts on the upcoming Rio 2016 games:

Q: Are you excited for the Rio 2016 Olympics?

A: Yes! I think it’s going to be a very exciting year, especially for track and field. The Rio Olympics are a good chaser following the World Championships last year, which were such a high standard, I think this year is going to be very entertaining. We did well in London 2012, but Rio I reckon we will get more medals as the athletes have been doing a good job with training and competing in preparation for this year.

Q: Most memorable Olympic moment for you?

A: I’ve been fortunate to see quite a few. Live – Cathy Freeman running the 400m in Sydney 2000. She was under a lot of pressure and she brought such a powerful message with her. Watching her lighting the flame in the stadium was an amazing moment, and when she ran the whole stadium fell to complete silence, then when she crossed the finish line the stadium just erupted.

Q: What is your favourite event to watch at the Olympics?

A: I’m probably bias but the 100m sprints! How can you not be excited to watch the fastest man on the planet race? But women’s sprints are equally as exciting. With sprints you never know who is going to turn up on the day, its competitive. This year I think the women’s sprint races are going to be the races to watch, there’s some good talent racing this year.

 

Q: Which Olympic discipline have you never tried but would you like to try?

A: Oh that’s hard! I enjoy boxing, so I would have to try that, although I am a bit of a water baby… I do love the water, so possibly some sort of water sport like swimming. Maybe even try hockey – I’ve never played that but it looks quite exciting and fast paced.

 

Q: What is it, do you think, that makes the Olympics such a special event?

A: The Olympics is where the best sporting talent is displayed. It’s the best of the best competing. Everyone there wants to be the best, you are representing your country. The thing about the Olympics is that there is a team for everyone to support, it doesn’t matter if you aren’t a huge sports fan, the fact that your country is competing means there is something for everyone. The Olympics is where politics is put aside, all the problems in the world aren’t the focus, the focus is on the competition.

 

Q: Do you have any advice for a first time athlete going to compete in Rio?

A: Stay focused on your plan. At your first Olympics it’s so easy to get distracted; how big the village is, all the different teams competing, how well your country is doing. You have to stay focused and not get overwhelmed. You can enjoy the event after you have raced, but it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, and you don’t want to regret not preforming your best because you took your eye off the ball.

 

Thank You Christian for your time, and enjoy the games!


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