Goodison keeping pressure under control
April 11, 2012 16:31 pm
Great Britain's Paul Goodison insists competing on home waters this summer has not yet brought any added pressure to his quest for another Olympic gold medal.
The 34-year-old won the men's Laser class in Beijing and will represent Team GB once more at Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour.
Goodison lives in the area and is expected to challenge for gold, but insists he feels no added burden, saying: "All the pressure put on me is done internally. I want to be the very best I can and I want to win. If I am not winning, I am not happy so it pushes me on to try harder, to train harder, to get the results right."
He continued: "I guess every Olympics is the same. You get one chance every four years so the pressure is massive.
"To be honest, I have not really noticed any more pressure for these Games and I have not put any added pressure on myself, but I think that is because I am putting so much pressure on myself already.
"It doesn't really feel that much different, but maybe when I turn up to the event things might change when your mum, dad, auntie, uncle and everybody that knows you under the sun is there.
"I think the pressure is under control and I think it needs to be to get the best possible result."
Goodison, speaking on behalf of Skandia Team GBR's official performance clothing supplier Musto, has started 2012 in superb fashion, following up January's victory in the Miami World Cup regatta with second place in the recent Palma event.
"I guess the closer you get to the Games almost the more important the regattas become, not just to see how you're progressing but also how all the competition is progressing," he said. "Miami was a fantastic result and Palma I am maybe a little bit frustrated by, but there were plenty of good points to come out of there.
"It is reassuring to see we are heading in the right direction and things are getting better."
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