Rogers to savour Games experience
July 26, 2012 16:06 pm
Great Britain hockey star Chloe Rogers is determined to make the most of an appearance at a home Olympics after admitting she remembers little of her debut in Beijing.
The 27-year-old midfielder was a member of the squad who finished sixth four years ago, three places above their world ranking. However, the Leicester star cannot recall much of her time in China and intends to make up for that this time around in London.
But that does not mean she will allow herself to get distracted from the quest for medals, as with GB now ranked fourth they are expected to challenge for a place on the podium at the very least.
"The Olympic experience can be a bit of a whirlwind and it certainly whizzed by me," Rogers said.
"I don't remember much of it - which is probably a bad sign that it wasn't that positive an experience with a sense of how I played. But I personally believe I am a much better player now than I was in Beijing.
"The key is not to get drawn in by it all and this squad has the experience as there are nine of us who were in Beijing, which is half the squad. The closer we get to that first game (against Japan on Sunday) the more nervous I'll get because we've never experienced playing in front of 16,000 people at home.
"It will be a moment to savour and remember for the rest of your life but we will be confident that we can get on with business and it will be just one game of many. The mindset we have to take is it is just another hockey tournament."
Forward Sarah Thomas is another one of those players who featured in Beijing. She has experienced club hockey at the highest level as well, having played for Rotterdam for several years after moving to Holland in 2004, but she returned home to concentrate on training - so much so she did not even re-join an English club.
But playing in Holland, whose women are the world number ones and Olympic champions, gave the 31-year-old an insight into what was required to reach the top.
"It had a major impact on my hockey. It allowed me to be around players who were at a much higher level at the time," she said. "They played with a lack of fear and it was an experience to play alongside people who already had a gold Olympic medal."
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