British sprinter Jodie Williams is one of the country's greatest ever junior athletes. From the Olympic Village in Rio, Brazil, she talks to Coca-Cola GB about her experience at this summer's 2016 Rio Olympic Games, where she'll be competing in the Women's 200m.
Jodie Williams, 22, from Hertfordshire, is certainly one to watch. Between 2005 and 2010, she boasted a 151-race unbeaten streak as a junior, and was crowned double world youth champion. Now, she faces her biggest challenge yet. In this interview she opens up about her Olympic journey, and why it's not just about winning.
How does it feel to be at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games?
It's amazing! I've dreamt of competing at the Olympic Games since I was a little kid, so this is very special.
Who do you have trackside to cheer you on?
My whole family have come out including my aunts, uncles and cousins. I also have my fiancé out here so I've got a really good support team.
Do you feel any pressure to win a medal at Rio 2016?
No - I used to, but now I've just learnt to go with the flow. The most important thing for me is to go out there and enjoy every second of it.
Will you be watching any other sports while you're there?
I'm hoping to go to as many other sports as I can once I'm finished. I used to do gymnastics and swimming when I was younger, so they would definitely be on the top of my list.
How did you get into running?
I've always enjoyed running, and I've always known I was fast. So it was a pretty natural thing for me to get into.
Where does your nickname ‘Miss Moneylegs’ come from?
When I was at school my friends used to joke that my legs were the "money makers", so whenever I would fall over or someone would bump into me they'd say 'be careful, those are the money makers!'
What advice do you have for aspiring athletes?
I would say believe in yourself, no matter how unbelievable it seems, nothing is impossible and those that believe in themselves are usually the ones who succeed.
Good luck Jodie!
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