Born in Leeds, Nicola Adams became the first British female boxer to win a medal in a major tournament when she came away with silver at the 2007 European Championships in Denmark. Since then, Adams fighter has continued to write her name into the record books, claiming the first Olympic women’s boxing medal in history at London 2012. She then added the Commonwealth Games title in 2014, taking the women’s flyweight title on a split decision, before becoming European Games Champion during the inaugural event at Baku 2015.
In this latest edition of her blog, we ask the questions you all want to know.
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How old were you when you had your first bout?
I was 13 years-old and I fought in Leeds in a working man’s club. I won quite easily. I originally started boxing by accident. My mum had an aerobics class booked and couldn’t find a babysitter so she took my brother and I to the gym with her. There was a boxing class going on in the room next door to where my mum was doing aerobics, so I joined in and went from there.
What would you have done if you were not a boxer?
I would have tried to be an actor. I’ve been an extra in Coronation Street and Emmerdale and I played myself in Waterloo Road. I’d love to go into it after boxing. I wouldn’t mind a part in the Walking Dead or Game of Thrones, I’m really into those shows at the moment.
What’s your earliest Olympic memory?
Watching footage of Muhammad Ali winning his gold medal at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. He would have been a teenager then, but already you could see how gifted he was.
What’s your favourite memory of London 2012?
Having my name read out and my hand raised after the final. It makes you want that feeling again and again.
Who is your sporting hero and why?
My hero is Muhammad Ali, because of what he achieved out of the ring as well as in it. He was an amazing character and there will never be another like him. I would love to think one day someone might think of me as an inspiration in the way I do him.
Do you have any pre-competition rituals/superstitions?
I listen to music before the fight to get warmed up. I think it is important to try and be relaxed and I’ll normally make a playlist of songs when I know I have a fight coming. Beyonce, Drake, Chris Brown and Rihanna are the usual suspects.
What’s for breakfast on the morning of a fight?
A bowl of Frosties. I have a bowl of Frosties for breakfast every day, it’s non-negotiable! If I can’t have my Frosties there will be trouble!
Best piece of advice you have been given?
Never let anybody deter you from achieving your dreams.
If you could compete in another Olympic sport at Rio 2016, what would it be and why?
I would want to be a 100m sprinter. I love the glitz and glamour and the huge crowd in the stadium. My feet are fast, but not fast enough unfortunately.