Born in Harrogate, diver Jack Laugher has established himself as one of Great Britain’s leading 3m individual and synchro divers. The country’s first ever World Junior Champion following double gold in Arizona in 2010, Jack competes at the highest level on a regular basis, including on home soil at the London 2012 Olympic Games. He enjoyed a highly successful 2015 season, winning world individual and synchro bronze as well as taking home the individual World Series title.
In his latest blog, Rio 2016 hopeful Jack Laugher discusses winning medals, computer games and trying to ignore the Olympic hype!
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Winning medals at world level is always great but one of the most pleasing aspects of our bronze at the FINA Diving World Series in Dubai earlier this month was that Chris Mears and I delivered when we needed to most – something which it will ultimately come down to later this summer in Rio.
There were still mistakes out in Dubai and aspects where we will have to learn from but Chris and I were pretty pleased with our 3m synchro bronze and could have ended up with a silver after our strong final dive.
It is really hard to replicate tournament conditions and standards in training but it is something that you can try to work on and we do our best to.
One thing we do in training is we are put in different situations and scenarios to try to take us out of our comfort zone and put us under as much pressure as you can realistically expect in training.
The idea is that you are uncomfortable with what is happening but you still have to perform. For example our coach will ask us to do a random dive or change the order around to throw us out of our comfort zone.
We also work with a sports psychologist Laura Cosgrove and have done for the last two years. She is fantastic and she does a lot of work with us on things to do with our routines and dealing with pressure to help us compete better.
So to win a medal in Dubai is absolutely brilliant because we were up against the same people we are going to face in Rio and it was a great feeling to realise that we really can make this dream of an Olympic medal happen.
It is so close to the summer and it has given us a real confidence boost. But at the same time we are trying to just take every day as it comes because thinking about Rio gives you nerves that you do not need right now. I want to get my best performances out of me and that will not happen if I am nervous.
I am ignoring Rio. That may become harder in a few weeks time but at the moment I just want to compete and do as well as I can.
And away from the pool, I try to wind down with a bit of cooking, which I am really in to, playing computer games and also spending time with my girlfriend.
The latest game we are playing at the moment is Tom Clancy’s The Division. It is pretty good and I really enjoy it. I play it on my own in the week but a group of us also play it together at the weekends and it is a lot of fun.
And when it comes to diving, it is going to be an exciting time in the immediate future with the Canada and Russia leg of the World Series in consecutive weeks before the Europeans and I am just going out there looking to produce my best performance possible.
I will not be going out desperate to win. It is about performing to my best and if that results in a medal then great.
Tune back in next month to find out how Jack got on in Canada and Russia as the Rio 2016 Olympic Games edge ever closer