I’ll give it everything to win gold, vows Jessica Ennis
20 July 2012
Jessica Ennis said she would ‘give it everything’ to win the Olympics gold medal when she arrived at Loughborough University for the kitting-out process.
The golden girl of British athletics admitted the pressure was on her to deliver in the heptathlon at London 2012 when she appeared at the Team GB Loughborough Preparation Camp.
The 2009 world champion, whose last event before the Olympics was the Loughborough European Athletics Permit meet (LEAP) at the university last month, begins her event on Friday August 3 and is the bookmakers' favourite for gold.
"Because of the expectation and pressure, I think anything but gold, everyone would view that as a failure and I'm aware of that," she told the BBC.
"I'm going to go there and give it everything to see what I can do."
She said she would "focus on what I know I can do and get the most out of every event".
And she added: "If I give it absolutely everything and don't come away with the gold, then I did everything I could have done, but just wasn't the best person on the day."
Jessica insisted the pressure would not hamper her performance.
She said: "I obviously get asked a lot about the pressure and how I'm feeling, and of course I feel it.
"There is a lot of expectation going into a home Games for anyone, but I'm just really focused on my training and how things have been going and realistically what I can achieve.
"I think if I just focus on that, then hopefully I can go out there and perform well."
Jessica, who won silver at last year's World Championships in Daegu, missed out on the 2008 Olympics in Beijing with a stress fracture in her right ankle.
"I do think about that time when I missed out and how I felt, and it just makes me appreciate this moment even more and the position that I'm in," she said.
"I'm happy to go (to the Games) in a really great time of my life so I'm just trying to make the most of it, enjoy it and do the best I can. I'm definitely ready for the competition to start now.
"It's been such a huge build-up for all of us and I'm feeling ready to get on with it now. It's been a great year so far and I just want to put the icing on the cake when we get to London."