Jones finds hunger again since striking London 2012 gold
May 31, 2013 15:14 pm
After struggling to get going again after striking London 2012 gold taekwondo player Jade Jones insists she is finally ready to burst out of her slump.
The 20-year-old provided one of the moments of the Games last summer when she fought her way to the 57kg title in the capital.
In doing so Jones beat China’s Yuzhuo Hou 6-4 in the final, avenging a loss suffered to her at the same stage of the 2011 World Championships.
And it is the 2013 global gathering in Mexico in July that Jones is setting her sights on as she looks to blow away the cobwebs that came after her Olympic triumph.
"It is definitely harder," she said. "The Olympics were the biggest goal of my life. Then now you've got it, it is a bit hard to motivate yourself sometimes.
"But I am not world champion yet, I am not European champion yet so you just have to keep pushing your goals and thinking of different things that you want to achieve.
"I am just taking it a step at a time. I've got the worlds and then see what happens. Further down the line hopefully I will be going to Rio (for the 2016 Olympics)."
Jones’ life has undoubtedly changed since her London 2012 golden moment, and that is certainly true when it comes to fellow Olympian Sarah Stevenson.
Stevenson, a veteran of four Olympics and having won bronze in 2008 in Beijing, retired after London 2012 and has become GB Taekwondo's first-ever female high performance coach, giving Jones added inspiration in the process.
"That is a big change," Jones added. "She has retired and moved to the coaching side.
"It is weird seeing her as a coach but she is a great inspiration so she will give me a lot of help.
"She had a big impact on me. Seeing everything she went through and still won the World Championships with losing her mum and dad.
"It just shows that if she can win it like that, we can win it."
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