Having returned from her debut Olympic Games with an individual silver and a mixed relay gold, Georgia Taylor-Brown shares her thoughts on the last few weeks.
“I’m not sure it has sunk in. It has and it hasn’t,” she commented. “It’s strange because while we were in Tokyo it was pretty crazy but then you get home and it’s just back to doing the food shop and back into the same training. But I love that.
“I’m so proud of what we achieved as a team and what I personally achieved and overcame to get to the Games. It feels truly magical to be able to own my own Olympic medals and live a childhood dream, that’s something that can never be taken away from me.”
Whilst this may have been her Olympic debut, Taylor-Brown has a wealth of experience having raced on the international stage for a number of years, however, to be part of the Olympics was something very special she says.
“It was amazing, we were very well looked after during our time in Tokyo. It still just felt like we were at a normal triathlon event because we weren’t in the athlete village, but then when you look down and see you are wearing the Olympic rings, that makes it all very special.
“Once the Games started I loved watching all the different sports. I forgot I was actually part of the Games while I was watching on the TV in my hotel room because I’ve always watched the Olympics at home but never competed in them.
“To be a part of Team GB feels incredible. Everyone just roots for one another and we all thrive off of each other’s success. We just want to do well as a team and to make everyone back home proud.”
With Covid-19 restrictions in place throughout her build up to and competition at the Games, Taylor-Brown’s family and friends had to cheer from afar. Their support however was felt throughout her preparation and, whilst in Tokyo, they were always on the end of the phone.
“They are extremely happy and proud,” she exclaimed. “I have such an amazing support team around me. They keep me grounded and just want to see me happy which is exactly what I need when pressure is high.”
With the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games having drawn to a close, Team GB’s triathletes have come home with a medal from each of the three triathlon races, making Great Britain the most successful triathlon nation in Tokyo and in Olympic history.
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