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4 stars 5 questions

November 21, 2011
4 stars 5 questions

We ask four stars the same five questions. See what Katarina Johnson (Heptathlon), Montell Douglas (Sprinting), Leah Crane (Bouldering) and Jordanne Whiley (Wheelchair Tennis) have to say.

Katarina Johnson, Heptathlon

Katerina1. Tell us about the moment in your sporting career that has made you most proud.

It was winning the gold at the Youth World  Championships in Italy and standing on the podium. Because in heptathlon the moment when you cross the line, you don’t necessarily know if you’ve won or not. But on the podium it really hit me that I was a World Champion.

2. If you weren’t a heptathlete what other sport would you choose?

I’m very clumsy but i always look at snowboarding and think I’d really love to do that. I used to really love football too. I used to play for a team but they always put me in goal because I’m good at jumping but I hated that so i stopped.

3. If you won the lottery what is the first thing you would buy?

A holiday to either the Bahamas or Hawaii. Then I would go internet shopping to provide a nice wardrobe to wear during the holiday!

4. Which event would you most like front row seats for at the London 2012 Olympics?

I think everyone would love to be in the stadium, never mind in front row seats, for the men’s 100m final, hopefully to witness a world record being broken.

5. How do you prepare before a big race? Do you have any superstitions or rituals?

In the high jump I always count to 12 before I jump. I don’t know why and I don’t know where the number came from, it’s not a number that’s important to me. I just know that when I get to that number I’m going.

Katarina is an ambassador for the adidas women’s 5k challenge. To purchase the pink ribbon kit see www.womenschallenge.co.uk for more information.

Montell Douglas, Sprinting

NIKE.Montell1. Tell us about the moment in your sporting career that has made you most proud.

It’s got to be my contribution in the 4 x 100m relay at the Commonwealth Games, where we won a gold medal, my first international one. 11 months post surgery and I helped secured a gold medal in India.

2. If you weren’t a sprinter what other sport would you choose?

Does ‘dance’ count? I’d probably have taken up dancing more seriously. If it not then something like tennis even though I never did it growing up. All that grunting sounds like my cup of tea!

3. If you won the lottery what is the first thing you would buy?

Houses and cars take a while to organise… so I’d probably hit up Nike and get seven fresh pairs of Air Forces, (one for each day of course) those babies crease quickly!

4. Which event would you most like front row seats for at the London 2012 Olympics?

It’s a bit boring but, like everyone else probably, the men’s 100m final. Hopefully there would be some Brits in there representing. Also the heptathlon. I’ve always been keen on it and I’d want to see up close and personal  what these girls go through over those two gruelling days.

5. How do you prepare before a big race? Do you have any superstitions or rituals?

Well, I’m a little OCD, so although in my daily life I’m probably not the most organised person, when it comes to racing I’m extremely meticulous. Everything’s written down and i always pray before my races. Plus my hair bands have to match my kit!

Sportsister spoke to Montell Douglas at Nike’s ‘Make Yourself’ event on the women’s3rd floor of Niketown London, inspiring females to get involved in sport. To find out more visit: www.nikewomen.com.

Leah Crane, Bouldering

Leah Crane - head & shoulders1. Tell us about the moment in your sporting career that has made you most proud.

Becoming British Bouldering Champion in 2009 for the first time and again the year after. I had always wanted it so much and I finally got it.

2. If you weren’t a climber what other sport would you choose?

Too hard to choose! I’d like to become a stunt woman and have to do a lot of different disciplines. I love most sports.

3. If you won the lottery what is the first thing you would buy?

A motorbike!

4. Which event would you most like front row seats for at the London 2012 Olympics?

Gymnastics. They’re incredible. I used to do gymnastics a lot and really appreciate what they can do.

5. How do you prepare before a big race? Do you have any superstitions or rituals?

No, unfortunately not. But I always see my chiropractor before any competition though!

For further information about Leah Crane and the team of Berghaus sponsored athletes visit: www.berghaus.com.

Jordanne Whiley, Wheelchair Tennis

jordanne Whiley1. Tell us about the moment in your sporting career that has made you most proud.

Last year I played at the Nottingham Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tour and went in unseeded and won it. I took out two of the top seeds, Marjolein Buis and Aniek Van Koot.

2. If you weren’t a tennis player  what other sport would you choose?

Probably basketball, I have played a little before and really enjoyed it although it is probably a bit rough for me. It is fun and very different to other sports, it is very intense. It can get rough, but that’s part of the fun of it.

3. If you won the lottery what is the first thing you would buy?

A big, beautiful house for my parents. We live in a small bungalow at the moment so that would be the first thing on the list.

4. Which event would you most like front row seats for at the London 2012 Olympics?

Definitely the basketball. I went to Beijing and saw England win the bronze medal at the Paralympics. It was such a great atmosphere, it was really amazing.

5. How do you prepare before a big race? Do you have any superstitions or rituals?

Not really but some players do. For me it doesn’t work. I listen to music and like to be around my friends relaxing and not thinking about the match. If I go on relaxed and happy and that it when Ii play my best tennis.

Jordanne is the latest Athlete Ambassador supporting the Cadbury Spots v Stripes campaign in the run up to London 2012. To find out how you can get involved please visit spotsvstripes.com.

Robyn Rashford, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazines

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