Amateur | Opinion | Premium | Mar 18 2016

Natasha Jonas – Qualifying for the Olympic Games is as hard as it gets

People have seen how tough the Olympic Games are, but just getting there is the real battle, writes Natasha Jonas in her latest blog
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ONE of the highlights of my career was just qualifying for the Olympic Games. You go there with the best of intentions but I wasn’t 100% sure that I was going to qualify.

When we got to the World championships they said you’ve got to qualify in your continent, for us Europe. I knew that I was in the top eight in the world, I knew that. I wasn’t quite sure if I could make the top three in Europe. Obviously there was Katie Taylor, Sofia Ochigava, then there were a couple of people where I didn’t know I could definitely beat. But I backed myself and I did it.

There’s going to be two qualifiers for the women’s team this time but then in 2012 if you didn’t do it there, at the Worlds, you weren’t going to qualify. That was the most difficult thing, because of the pressure you were under. Not that everyone else is putting you under pressure but because you want to qualify. It had been a dream from being a kid. I think I watched the ‘88 Games in Seoul with my mum and I thought, ‘I’m going to be there.’ I thought I want to be there, I want to be in the Olympics and to actually get there, 24 years later and come back, my mum was crying, saying, ‘I remember you saying that. I remember you saying that.’

 

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