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1 December 2012

Superstars 2012: Interview with Gemma Gibbons

Sixteen of Britain's London 2012 Olympic heroes compete to be crowned the two best all-round Superstars.

What appealed to you about taking part in Superstars?
It sounded like a lot of fun, and as a highly competitive person the opportunity to go up against other athletes was something I found very hard to resist.

Were you already familiar with the show from previous series?
Yes - my coach Kate Howey, who won the last GB Judo Olympic medal 12 years ago and who coached me at the London Olympics, took part in Superstars after the Athens Olympics. So I am very familiar with the show and now a tad nervous thinking about living up to her reputation, she is a machine!

Which event are you most looking forward to?
I'm looking forward to the javelin the most. I haven't thrown a javelin since being at school but it was always an event I enjoyed taking part in.

Are there any of the events that you are apprehensive about taking part in?
Yes, most of them! I haven't practised the majority of the events so I'm not too sure what to expect.

What training have you undertaken to prepare for it?
I had a thumb operation straight after the Olympics so have only been back judo training a few weeks. Everything I have been doing up until now has been about rehabbing my thumb, so I haven't had much opportunity to try out other sports. My hope is that I turn out to be a natural at all the events (highly unlikely, but possible I guess!).

Do you have any superstitions or rituals that you’ll want to do before each of the events?
No, not in particular. If it’s an event such as archery or javelin I will make sure I know where I'm aiming in order not to spear anyone!

Superstars will be shown over Christmas. What are your own Christmas TV favourites? And what are your plans for this Christmas?
I love watching a classic Christmas movie such as Love Actually. This Christmas my boyfriend Euan and I are heading to London to spend Christmas day with my aunt, uncle and cousins.


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