After Great Britain’s Men’s team secured their place at the London 2012 Olympics Daniel Keatings described the qualifying competition as a very emotional event. The crowd roared as Team GB secured their place, 7 marks higher than France in second place, and the gymnasts could finally breath a sigh of relief having spent long days in the gym in Lilleshall over the Christmas period.
It was amazing, especially the support from the home crowd. We had to pull together as a team after Tokyo and over the Christmas period, which meant we missed out on festive treats. But the crowd really lifted us. They were amazing.
We had to prove we deserve to be at the London 2012 Olympic Games. We’ve come here today, pulled together as a team and put in a great performance.
And does he think he’ll win an Olympic medal this summer?
It’s every athlete’s dream, especially in front of the home country but I don’t want to jinx anything. It will still be a fight to get on the team.
After the competition Dan also spoke to his sponsors Opus Energy and explains what is next for Team GB as well as how he plans to keep in the game in the lead up to the Olympics:
We went back to Lilleshall for two days, and then I went training in Huntingdon for a day, before taking a two-day break with my girlfriend. The Team’s focus will then shift to the European Championships in Montpellier, France.
British Gymnastics Men’s Technical Director, Eddie Van Hoof, told the press that the team will also have a recovery camp following their tough Christmas:
“A bit of a break. It’s not just the gymnasts that have suffered but their families as well. There’ll be a training camp in Cancun towards the end of this month. Then we will be full on in preparation for the Europeans in May and the Olympic Games.”
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