Dan Purvis... An athlete's view


Dan Purvis... An athlete's view

01 April 2016 / 12:12

Born in Crosby, gymnast Daniel Purvis came to the nation’s attention in 2010 when he became British men’s all-around champion, a double European medallist and world bronze medallist in the same year. Two years later he capped off his Olympic Games debut in London by taking home team bronze, while in 2014 he further cemented his status as a leading international gymnast by winning parallel bars gold and team silver for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games.

In his latest blog, Rio 2016 hopeful Daniel Purvis discusses winning a medal in Glasgow, what he learned from London 2012 and what he does away from competing

Read more about Dan on his profile here

Nothing will ever be able to replicate the feeling of London 2012 but it was fantastic to have the chance to perform in front of a home crowd again earlier this month.

And going on to win a bronze medal at the Glasgow World Cup meant it was an even better experience as you rarely get the chance to perform in front of your nearest and dearest, let alone celebrate medals with them.

Usually you have to share your successes over the phone so being able to look up into the crowd and see your family and friends is just amazing.

A lot of my family are from Liverpool so there were a lot of them there and I also had relatives from Dundee come down and it was an incredible feeling performing well with them there.

Obviously performing in front of a home crowd brings a new level of pressure and expectation but it also means that if you do not produce your best in one of the rounds, you don’t let your head drop because they give you a real lift.

And Glasgow went well for me on the whole. I dropped a mark due to the pommel horse but the rest of it was clean and it meant that in the end I was not far away from the silver, so I was pleased with how it went.

Performing in front of the home crowd again obviously meant you started to reminisce on London 2012. I don’t think anything can compare to it because it was not only in front of a home crowd but it was also my first Olympics.

But in saying that, I still think Rio could be just as special because I now have an Olympic medal and I would go in without that pressure.

I have now experienced what an Olympics is about and I am older and wiser so if I could take all that I learned at London 2012 and since, and manage a clean run, then it could end up being just as special as London – even if it is impossible to replicate it.

It is difficult not to focus on Rio, even though you don’t want to. You go into competitions knowing that you could pick up an injury which could rule you out of the Olympics but you have to just focus on the day-to-day.

One of the things I like to do is try to see my mates to take my mind off it. And with me usually driving because I am not drinking, my mates like having me around as well as I end up as the designated driver!

The other week we went to see the new Batman vs. Superman film which was very good and I also like to play my PlayStation as well.

You want to stay as calm as you can and not focus too much on what you have coming up. But next week is the British Championships and it is in Liverpool. That means the chance to perform in front of another home crowd and I can’t wait!

Make sure you tune in next month to see what Dan has been up to with Rio 2016 edging ever closer