Over the past 10 years, Jessica has won 26 World Cup titles, seven World Championships and two Olympic Games medals, making her the greatest canoe slalom athlete of all time. With a recent gold medal in C1 at the Canoe Slalom World Cup 1, the 26-year-old is ready to go for gold in Tokyo.
How to enter the area?
“There is a conveyor that takes you to the starting pool and it takes about 90 seconds. It’s a real moment of calm, going out alone. This is where I review my race plan and visualize myself walking through the gates. Then I have three minutes at the start pool, look around, take in the atmosphere, and say keywords like “tall and long” for my posture and run. “
How do you stay on your A-game? when you make a racing mistake?
“Mistakes happen, it’s normal, I’ve never had a perfect course. The most important thing is not to get too distracted. Obviously there are massive mistakes in my sport like missing a gate is a 50 second penalty which is basically the end of the game but a two second penalty or a touch is not the end of the game. world. I’m going to lean forward and resume my usual movements instead of slouching down, because by the time you do this you’ve lost your focus. You cannot let the doubt set in.
What has progressed for women in sport since your first Olympics?
“Tokyo will be special because it will be the first time that we [almost] have gender equality at the Olympics, they are really pushing for 50/50 participation for men and women. We will also have the addition of the women’s canoe event for the first time. That’s great
special to be part of this inaugural group of women.
What are you excited to watch?
“I’ve always been a huge fan of swimming so I can’t wait to watch Cate and Bronte Campbell and Ellie Cole at the Paralympics. Surfing will debut and rock climbing too, which I’m interested in seeing!