Our Olympic Quotation of the Day
5th August 2012
After a truly ‘Super Saturday’ yesterday, who else could we focus our attention on, today, than Jessica Ennis, the face of the London Olympics – and, now, Olympic Champion.
Jess has been under tremendous pressure but had the right attitude;
“Some people have said I’m the golden girl. They’ve made it seem like victory is already in the bag, but last time my games were over even before they started (stress fracture). And I’ve learned one bad event could bring everything crashing down. So I never take anything for granted. To take gold I got to prove I’m made of steel.”
But even when she could have ‘coasted’ home;
“I told myself at the start that I’m only going to have one moment to do this in front of a crowd in London and I just wanted to give them a good show.”
On becoming world champion at the age of 23;
“It’s been the longest two days of my life but the best. I can’t believe it. I’m the world champion, I feel like crying. I’ve dreamt so many times about winning medals and becoming world champion, doing a lap of honour. It’s the best feeling in the world. I can’t even put into words how I feel right now, it’s such an adrenaline rush and such an amazing feeling.”
I bet she’s feeling pretty special, this morning.
A Bit About Jessica Ennis
Jessica Ennis was born on the 28th January 1986 and specialises in multi-eventing disciplines and the 100m hurdles. She’s a member of the City of Sheffield Athleti Club and is the current Olympic Heptathlon Champion. She’s also the former European and World Heptathlon Champion and the former World Indoor Pentathlon Champion. She currently holds the British National Record for the Heptathlon, the Indoor Pentathlon, the High Jump and the 100m hurdles.
In 2006, Jessica Ennis won a bronze medal in her first professional and senior tournament at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. In 2007, she went on to equal the 25-year-old British High Jump record for women, jumping 1.95metres. She then broke Denise Lewis’s under 23 British Record for the Heptathlon at the IAAF Combined Events Challenge in Dezenzano, Italy.
This achievement qualified her for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 but, sadly, Jess broke her right ankle and was unable to compete, which was a huge disappointment for her and her fans.
In 2009, she put a difficult year behind her by winning the Dezenzano event. Her points total of 6,587 placed her third on the British All-Time list, behind Denise Lewis and Judy Simpson. She won the Gold Medal at World Championships in Berlin, with a new lifetime best of 6,731 points, moving her into second place, behind Denise Lewis, on the British All-Time list.
At the end of that year Jess came third in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year and was named ‘Sportswoman of the Year’ by the British Sports Journalists’ Association.
March 2010 saw her winning Pentathlon Gold at the World Indoor Championships in Doha in a new British and Championship record of 4,937 points. And then, in July she won Gold in the Heptathlon at the European Championships in Barcelona with a new personal best of 6,823 points. In December 2010, for the second year running, she came third in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year and was, again, named the Sports Journalists Association’s ‘Sportswoman of the Year’.
2011 was quite a difficult year for Jess, starting with another ankle injury but, in June, she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. She lost her World Heptathlon title in August, having to settle for silver behind Tatyana Chernova in Daegu.
She then lost her World Pentathlon title, in March 2012, in Istanbul. The new British Record she set (4,965 points) was only good enough for the Silver Medal as the Ukraine’s Nataliya Dobrynska set a new World Record of 5,013 points. On the 27th May, Jess broke Denise Lewis’ British record to win the Hypo-Meeting in Gotzis by racking up a total of 6,906 points – that was 75 points more than Lewis’ mark of 6,831, which had stood since 2000.
Finally, as we all know by now, on August 4th, Jessica Ennis became the Olympic Champion, winning the London 2012 Gold Medal with a new Record breaking score of 6955 points. She did this by setting Personal Bests in 3 of the seven events but also with the determination to win the final event, the 800m, in front of a crowd of 80,000 people when she could have just coasted home. A stunning achievement and a great example of a winning attitude.
Well done, Jess! We’re all very proud of you.
Have a great one,