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Grip : GRIP September 2012
AMBASSADOR GRIP PERKINS WANTS MORE OLYMPIC GLORY By Shane Perkins Cyclist, Olympic bronze medallist THE ‘Big Show’ is all over for another four years, although many athletes - and I’m one of them - have unfinished business with the Olympics, so it will come around faster than we all think. It is unlike any event I have ever attended. It is the same track yes, same shape, same distance - just the magnitude of the actual race means so much more. You are also representing your country under a much bigger microscope and hold the weight of the nation. My experience at the Games was a very exciting one and I must say I loved being out on the stage representing my country. I now know how the athletes felt that I watched on TV for so many years before getting my own shot at it. About the team sprint .... (The Olympics) brought so many great moments, but also some big challenges. The night before the team sprint I didn’t feel so good in the morning and had a high temp and cold shivers, so I sought out the doctor and it turned out I was getting a virus. Not great timing, as the day before I had done a couple of personal best times in training. It worried me at first, but at that point I just figured, you know what, I can’t do much about it so I’m just going to get on with it. No matter how I felt, I had to pull it together the next day for my teammates, getting them off to a good start. The next day I didn’t feel any better and was getting a little worse, but I kept the positive attitude and rode toaPBforthestartlapin all three rides, so I did my jobandgotmyteamofftoa great start. We all rode very well, although we ended up in fourth, which was a far cry away from our gold medal performance at the Worlds. It hurt us a lot coming fourth and that feeling won’t be forgotten by the three of us. The medal event .... Into the sprint (and) the body was still the same. For qualifying and first rounds and quarter finals, I managed a sub 10 second ride, coming in third, and qualified through the rounds to the semi-finals, where I met the current World Champion from France. We had our plan and we executed it well, it just wasn’t enough to get over the top to move into the gold medal ride off. I remember sitting down before the bronze and I was disappointed about not getting to ride for the gold. I looked at my family in the stands and thought about the opportunity I had to still win something. I went out and in two straight heats I took the bronze medal! I can’t imagine the feeling of winning a gold medal, but the feeling when I won the bronze - because of the virus and the challenges - it felt very special to come away with the bronze. After all, it’s the Olympic Games, the biggest spor ting event of my career! Reflection from back home .... It has been an experience unlike any other, and I will never forget it. The passion that goes into it from teammates is awesome. To be around and the motivation and enthusiasm that is drawn out of athletes from all sports grabs you. “MY EXPERIENCE AT THE GAMES WAS A VERY EXCITING ONE ANDIMUSTSAYI LOVED BEING OUT ON THE STAGE REPRESENTING MY COUNTRY.” First Olympics, bronze medal, many experiences taken away, much learnt, many good times with team and athletes, friends made. All I can say is the Olympic Games are addictive and they have drawn me in! One bonus of being home, apart from spending time with my family, is that I finally get to drive this wonderful luxury Subaru Outback. My wife Kristine picked up the car while I was away so I hadn’t even seen it! It’s an absolute dream to drive around and so comfy in those leather seats. I feel very spoilt! Check out subaru.com.au INSIDE GRIP HOME PAGE PARTS & ACCESSORIES AFTERSALES MARKETING SAFETY WHO’S WHO AT SUBARU ALLIANCES AMBASSADORS TRENDS DEALER STATS SPORT
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