Stevenson: Taekwondo gold not destiny
August 1, 2012 18:17 pm
Team GB taekwondo fighter Sarah Stevenson maintains there can be no talk of it being her destiny to win Olympic gold in London.
Stevenson - a bronze medallist at the Beijing Games after a scoring error was overturned - has certainly been tested during the past 18 months.
She was able to deliver World Championship gold while her parents were contending with terminal illness - both her mother and father died last year - and then had to overcome a serious knee injury to prove her fitness for the four-strong Olympic taekwondo squad.
After Stevenson was given the honour of reading the athletes' oath at the opening ceremony, it would be some story were the 29-year-old to go on and claim under-67kg gold at ExCeL on Friday week.
However, Stevenson - appointed MBE in the 2012 New Year Honours - insists sentiment can play no part in her preparations.
"Just because bad things happened to me and I went on to become world champion does not mean I have got a God-given right to win the Olympics," said Stevenson, who suffered knee ligament damage requiring surgery while in Mexico at the start of the year.
She added: "It was my husband who said that to me: 'Don't think that it is destined to be because of everything which has happened'.
"I will give it my best, but to me the Olympics is not the most important thing in my life."
Stevenson, coached by her husband Steve Jennings, added: "I know it will be a dream come true if I win the Olympics, but I still have got the rest of my life ahead and it is these experiences which make you realise what is important.
"On the day, I will fight like I always do and just go for it."
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