Our Healthy Sleep Supporter and GB heptathlete, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, talks to us about her experience at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio where she missed out on a podium finish, but came away with a world record.
“I have mixed emotions about my performance in Rio. I cannot deny that I am disappointed with my overall performance as I did not achieve what I set out to do and what I believe I am capable of doing but I have to keep things in context. I’m still young and have time on my side – people keep reminding me, at my age Team GB greats such as Jess and Mo hadn’t competed in an Olympics so to be pushing for medals already is great; it is very clear to me what I have to work on to be standing on top of the podium as a World Champion in London 2017 and further ahead, Olympic Champion in Tokyo 2020; and I gave it my all which is what I demand of myself.”
Although Katarina didn’t get the gold that was in her sights, she’s learnt a lot from her time out in Rio and is taking a positive from her world record in the High Jump.
“I’m delighted to have jumped a world record for my event in the High Jump. Ironically, as many people highlight to me, my jump of 1.98m was higher than the jump that actually won the Olympic High Jump title. Although this is something to keep in mind for the future, I don’t spend much time thinking about it now – I love the heptathlon and I’m hugely proud to have competed for Team GB in an Olympic Games. The pride I get in representing my country is something that I cannot put into words and the support I always get is something that I cherish. I love competing in major competitions and in front of big crowds so it was great to set a new British and Olympic heptathlon High Jump record at an Olympic Games and I’m hopeful that there will be much more to come.”
After the games, Katarina took time out to enjoy the city and relax after a high-pressure situation.
“After my event, I tried to take in the sights of Rio. It is a beautiful city with stunning scenery which those that follow me on Instagram will know I enjoyed. Since Rio I’ve spent a bit of time back home seeing family and friends. I’m in the off season which is an important time to rest, relax and recharge the batteries which I have done. I am very fortunate to get to travel to various parts of the world to compete but there’s no place like your own bed!”
As much as Katarina enjoys her sleeping regime (around 10 hours a night!) Katarina is looking forward to getting back into her strict training schedule.
“I’m now starting to do a bit of light training as I will have to be back in full training towards the end of the month. The next major event for me is the London 2017 World Championships which I am really looking forward to. It will be back at the London Olympic Stadium which I seem to perform really well at each year and am really looking forward to giving my all to become a World Champion in front of my home fans. Just saying that sentence makes me want to get back to training now …”
We’re already looking forward to seeing Katarina bouncing back in full force!