Gail Emms - My Olympic year (part I)
by Gail Emms - GB badminton (U10860355) 18 January 2008
British badminton star Gail Emms won an Olympic silver medal with mixed doubles partner Nathan Robertson at the 2004 Games in Athens.
It's 37 degrees in Kuala Lumpur, and from here we go to Korea, where I've heard it's currently minus seven
I'm a bit of a tea and coffee monster, but purely on our trips abroad as a social thing.
I've also come into 2008 with a slight injury: I've got a little tear between the arch and the heel in my right foot and it's still sore.
It's not serious, just wear and tear. I think it's that I'm getting old!
I'm getting physio on it twice a day, though, and it's not stopping me going for my shots – otherwise, there's no point stepping on court.
Our world ranking is five at the moment, and we're seeded fifth in Malaysia, where we've got quite a good record: We won here in 2002, and were runners-up last year.
On top of that, the top pair Zheng Bo and Gao Ling from China aren't here, so everyone's trying to make the most of it by winning the title.
At the moment, they have a psychological dominance, and I don't like that!
It's 37 degrees in Kuala Lumpur, and from here we go to Korea, where I've heard it's currently minus seven!
We normally make eight trips to South East Asia and the Far East every year, but I've never worked out how many air-miles we've racked up - I really should be on some sort of loyalty scheme.
The main goal this year is to win gold at Beijing - we've achieved everything else we've wanted to achieve
The first few trips at the start of your career, you're normally really excited to get on the plane, but I must have been to Malaysia about 15 times now and it's like "oh no, I've got another 14-hour flight!"
We don't get to do too much sightseeing, and it's normally the same airports, hotels and sports halls.
My DVD collection gets me through it – we've currently got series 5 and 6 of 24 with us; the trouble is, if you get into it, that's it, you're addicted!
Obviously the main goal this year is to win gold at Beijing, which will be my last Olympics, and I really feel that Nathan and I have been waiting for it for the last two years, ever since winning the World Championships.
We've achieved everything else we've wanted to achieve – Europeans, Worlds, Commonwealths, All England – and we've ticked those off our list.
I'm glad the Games are coming around, but it's like a big exam: you know it's there, you know it's coming, you want to get it over and done with, but when it arrives, you think "oh God, I want another few months, I haven't done enough revision!"
I'm chilled out at the moment about it, but I know I'll get really nervous when they come around really quickly.
If you have any questions for me, please post them below and I'll answer as many as I can.
Gail Emms was talking to BBC Sport's David Garrido
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