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Jessica as good as gold

Post 22 May 2012 By Adrian Kajumba | Daily Star In Latest News Round Up
Jessica Ennis prepares for London Jessica Ennis prepares for London

Jessica Ennis's coach insists she will not crumble under the weight of the nation’s expectations.

Heptathlete Ennis is one of Team GB’s best gold medal hopes for this summer’s London Olympics.

 And her coach Toni Minichiello said: “She is coping well and is good at switching off from all the attention on her.

“She is relaxing and getting ready to focus on the big events coming up.

“Yes, there’s expectation on her from the media and people outside. We’ve managed to pool all that together and now it is just routine.

“Not that winning a medal is routine, but you just have to reproduce your routine on the two days.”

Minichiello, 45, is determined to ease the pressure on Ennis.

“There is no big Al Pacino-style speech about winning before she goes out. She knows what’s coming up,” said Minichiello at an Olympic Stadium experience event organised by Ennis’s sponsors Powerade.


“We are in this together and win or lose I’m still here.”

Fifteen years of hard work will come to fruition this summer when Ennis makes her Olympic debut. 

Minichiello has coached her since she was 11, guiding her from being a promising schoolgirl athlete to international star and golden girl of British athletics. 

And he reckons he will be more nervous than his protege during her bid for Olympic gold.

 He said:

“I would say I will be because when she steps out on the track I will have no control. I will just be a spectator. You are pretty hopeless at that point and just waiting to respond if necessary.

“This summer will feel different to me because this is her first Olympic Games and to an extent mine.

“I’ve had athletes go to Winter Olympics and they have a lot of gravitas but it’s not the same as the summer Games, which is much bigger.

“I really have got to keep myself in check and make sure I’m calm and not put any of my anxiety and stresses on to the athlete because I’ve seen that happen.

“Coaches can lose it and you think, ‘Oh no, just be chilled’


“So hopefully I will look like a swan, gliding along gracefully but underneath I’ll be paddling like hell.”

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