4 Jan 2016
Vicky Holland has her eyes on a medal in Rio
Loughborough University alumnus Vicky Holland has declared she is eyeing a medal in Rio de Janeiro this summer after earning preselection for the 2016 Olympic Games.
The 29-year-old booked her place on Team GB by finishing on the podium at a Rio Test Event in August and in the World Triathlon Series final in Chicago a month later. That bronze medal at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final marked the end of a sensational season for Holland, who ended 2015 ranked fourth in the World Rankings, the top British male or female.
After a bronze medal winning performance at Glasgow 2014 (Holland also won gold in the mixed team relay), the English star has gone from strength to strength, winning her first World Series event in Cape Town on her return from a five months injury lay-off, followed by another victory in Edmonton.
“Confirmation of pre selection is another big tick in the box after getting the results I needed in Rio and Chicago. There’s a lot of hard work to do now, but I can’t wait for next summer.”
"You never want to believe you've reached your ultimate peak and I do think there is more to come.
"You only have to look at the fact that I missed a lot of last winter with injury so I'd like to believe that with a full winter with no injury or illness, where I can go through all the training properly, you will see more improvement and it's key for me to step up another level.
"As things stand, if the same girls are on the start line in Rio in the same shape, I think I'd stand a good chance of winning a medal and that's going to be my goal. But to say I'm expecting that would put myself up for a fall and be incredibly arrogant.
"If you asked anyone in the World Series last year if they expected me to come along and win two races, they'd probably say no, so there is probably someone who can step up and put in strong performances who is not there at the moment."
The triathlon course in Rio is on Copacabana, with the swim taking place in the calm waters sheltered by the headland of Fort Copacabana, the cycling section starting and finishing at the fort and the run stretching along the waterfront.
With a strong performance on the Olympic course already, Holland will be hoping it’ll stand her in good stead to get on the podium once again in August, when it really matters.