Nicola Adams

Nicola Adams...An Athlete's View

 

Boxing

Nicola Adams...An Athlete's View

18 July 2016 / 11:08
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 her latest blog, Nicola Adams talks final preparations for Rio, family support and what she will be doing in the athlete’s village

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There can be few better ways to start a new month than to have my place in the Team GB squad confirmed.

It was nice to get official confirmation and to receive my letter. It always good to see these things in writing and it has definitely made me more excited now.

The following day all of the boxers attended the Kitting Out day on July 1. I’d seen the boxing kit already, we had been talked to by the designers. But I had not seen the rest of it, so that was great. With each step like that the excitement builds.

I feel like I have improved massively in the four years since London.

Technically I’m a far better boxer and I am stronger now too.

I don’t really think there is anything specific that I need to improve upon, I feel like I’m at my peak and by the time I get to Rio everything will be in place.

I do think about London 2012 sometimes and what I was able to achieve, but I don’t really ever watch my fights back and I don’t intend to before Rio.

It was a great time, but I think it’s always important to look forwards.

So the month ahead is going to be all about some full-on training. I’ll be in the gym from 7am to 7pm with three sessions a day.

It’s an intense period, but I will have Saturdays and Sundays off because you need some time to recover mentally and physically.

Only my brother, Kurtis, is going with me to Rio, so I’ll use the weekends beforehand to see my family, and I dare say there will be a few hours with my feet up playing on the PlayStation.

The PlayStation will definitely be coming with me to Rio. It’s my taste of home. I play a lot of Call of Duty and Destiny.

I know Joe Joyce plays as well, so you will probably find us sitting in our rooms in the village, headsets on!

Although I’m going to be training hard I intend to treat the Olympics as I would any other tournament, my preparation won’t change at all.

In fact, I’ll be doing everything I was doing four years ago before London 2012. Why change something that has always served you well?

A ring is a ring, the judges and referees are the same, the opponents are the same, there is no need to think of the Olympic Games any differently to anything else.

That said I really enjoy the fact we have such a big audience at the Olympics. Amateur boxers don’t get the kind of attention and interest we deserve, so times like this are always special to those involved.

The excitement is definitely building and I cannot wait to board the plane.

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