Not many people have the opportunity to compete at an Olympic Games; even fewer have the opportunity to stand on the podium; and even fewer again get the gold medal hanging around their necks…..twice! Valerie Adams is a legend. An extraordinary athlete who has achieved so much in her long shot put career and is aiming to take it to even greater heights in Rio. A hardworking, tenacious soul who is passionate about inspiring a new generation of champions, Val is a national treasure. She is set to triumph in Rio and inspire many in the process….
When did you first want to go to the Olympics?
When I first started athletics but it really sunk in when I was 15 years old and was looking after my mum at the hospice. I watched the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympics while I was there and I said to myself that one day I want to be there. The next Olympics in 2004 at the age of 18 I was.
What does it mean to you to be an Olympian?
It’s the pinnacle of my sporting career and I just feel so honoured and proud but humbled by the work that is needed to become an Olympian.
How do you feel as a female athlete representing NZ as a role model to young kiwi girls?
I feel blessed and I just hope and pray that I am able to inspire our young women. I especially want to encourage girls from South Auckland where I’m from. I want them to be the best they can be, to set goals and work for them whatever it may be in life.
Describe one of your hardest training sessions in the last 6 months
The base training phase is always a killer and it’s the double weight sessions with long reps and sets. Let just say it’s a grind but you have the best sleep that night cause you can barely walk or move hahaha.
When you walk out to compete in Rio what will be the last thing you tell yourself?
Believe in yourself and smash the crap out of it Val… Let’s go baby !!!!
What will you have for breakfast before you compete in Rio?
Don’t know at this point but my usual I’m sure which is a boiled egg, muesli smothered with natural yogurt and a toast sandwich with Sanitarium peanut butter and a banana.
Aside from life as an elite athlete what else makes you get out of bed in the morning?
Breakfast…. Hahaha true story, every one that knows me knows I can’t go without breakfast. But seriously life get me out of bed, the chance to live, breath and enjoy the simple things in life is enough for me to gallop outta bed.
What’s your ideal rest day?
Well I try and sleep in which is always a fail as I’m a morning person (my English side lol). I love to hang with mates, visit people and have lunch dates. It’s hard for me to sit still and do nothing to be honest. But sometimes that’s good for you also just to relax which I’m learning from my husband as he is a pretty chilled guy. Our new thing while being here in Switzerland is playing card or Legretto which is a Swiss card game but that also can get competitive LOLs!
If you weren’t dominating the sporting world what would you be doing?
I don’t know to be honest and I don’t want to know cause this is my love and passion and I am very honoured to be able to do it and continue to do it after 16 years 🙂
Finally, If you had the chance to acknowledge one or two people who have helped you get to this point in your sporting career who would it be and why?
My wonderful Physio Louise Johnson who has been nothing but amazing for 16 years. Also my coach JP (Jean Piere Eager). Two awesome people!
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