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THE Olympics are looming on the horizon.

If we wanted any reminder how close the Games are, the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Village was officially handed over to London 2012 organisers last week.

This is where we train every day and in five months it will be the scene of the greatest sporting show on earth. Insane!

But, while many are calling it London 2012, it is more about Weymouth 2012 for us.

Our schedule allows us to go to the opening and closing ceremony and I can't wait for those.

But other than that, we are not going to go to London because our event lasts nine days.

We will miss out on all the action up there but the Olympics is not about that for us.

We will just focus on our event and rather than worrying about traffic and lanes, we will be able to walk or cycle to our events at a pretty awesome venue.

We will create our own Olympic bubble in Weymouth.

Saskia Clark and I are going for gold in the girls 470 class. We've had quite a few silvers recently in the world championships, Olympic test event and the World Cup in Miami.

And we are still a young team and just coming up to our first anniversary. We are pleased with our progress and consistency and the people winning the events are all different, so we know we can beat our rivals.

It is all about the Olympics where there will be strong medal expectations of us.

That is good because I would never want to go to a Games and just have an outside medal chance. You compete to win.

After some training in Palma, we have a competition in April, the world championships in Barcelona in May and a World Cup event in Weymouth a month later.

These are three chances to iron out any problems in the boat, while we are also working on is our fitness.

There are probably about six teams who can win gold but we are a bit lighter than the other five crews.

Weight is important and we are trying to close the gap. So one of the aims is to bulk up in the gym. We also have a nutritionist in the team and we are given a food programme to follow.

The girls and boys both sail the same type of boat, although not against each other, so we have to be as fit as the boys.

The Olympic bug is definitely biting and we saw the cycling Test event in London on Friday where the girls sprint and team pursuit broke world records. I am most excited about going up to Loughborough when we get all our kit.

I have been told there is a massive warehouse where you go around all the stands and fill up massive bags with clothes and random stuff. Now that is what you call an Olympic perk!
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Feb 19, 2012
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