Katie Taylor feeling privileged not pressured ahead of Olympics
BY Jonny Stapleton
SHE is being billed as Ireland’s ‘Golden Girl‘, a put your mortgage on her shoe in for an Olympic gold medal, but Katie Taylor is feeling more privileged than pressured at present.
The softly spoken and humble four time world championship has been tipped to make big noise and grab center stage as women’s boxing makes its debut on the greatest sporting show on earth in London in a few weeks time.
Female and indeed Irish boxing’s poster girl is being backed to be the leading light as the Irish team part take in a treasure hunt, that could lead to a discovery of valuable metals in the form bronze, silver and gold medals.
Taylor is odds on to become Ireland’s first gold medallist since Michael Carruth won gold in 1992 and almost broke the world high jump record whilst celebrating.
However, having made the games via her World title win in China this year, the pressure valve has been released and the Bray girl is looking forward to being an Olympian.
Pierre de Coubertin the founder of modern Olympic Games said the most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; and Taylor seems to agree.
Speaking at the Olympic Team Press Conference earlier this week her father and coach Peter Taylor explained.
“China was everything for her. Everyone just thought it was a shoo-in for her to be the Olympics Games. But it was never going to be a shoo-in because you still have to get in there and qualify. There was huge pressure on her to qualify, you could see the pressure release valve was opened up and she was able to relax a little bit then,” Taylor explained.
“She is looking forward to going over to the Olympic Games now. People keep saying ‘what about the pressure of going to the Olympics? But its not pressure it’s a privilege. It is pressure to have to get up every day and feed your family and she going over to represent her country at the Olympic Games, what a privilege.”