To Beijing and back... then Texas
by Charlotte Kerwood - GB shooter (U11969624) 21 May 2008
Charlotte Kerwood won double trap gold at the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games, and has enjoyed World Cup success in Olympic trap.
If I go to the Olympics, Iím really looking forward to staying in the athletes villageWe went to see the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, which were fantastic, and we also drove past the ĎBirdís Nestí Olympic Stadium.
We stayed in a hotel this time, but if Iím selected for the Games I will be in the Olympic Village with all the other competitors.
I stayed in the athletes village at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and absolutely loved it.
You get to meet people from so many different sports and countries, so if I go to the Olympics, Iím really looking forward to staying in the village because everything there is going to be bigger and better.
When I got back from China, I took part in the GB team selection competition for next year. I already know that Iím in the team, but it was good to get some extra competition practice.
I didnít perform that well early on but in the final I shot 24 out of 25 to come second. As it was a single-barrel event, I was really pleased with that.
Iíve just got back from the Kerville and I loved it out there as well, even though I just missed out on the final. There were three of us shooting off for the two places and unfortunately I missed.
But I watched Richard Faulds win a double trap silver medal. He shot really well, I was so happy for him.
Although I didn't make the final, I was really pleased with how I shot, so I feel like itís all going well Ė I just donít want to peak too soon!
I feel like Iím improving as we get nearer to the Olympics, but I donít feel any pressure because I haven't had to win things.
Last year was different because I was trying to make sure I DID well enough and be high enough in the rankings to be selected for the Games.
Iíve got two more World Cup events coming up, one in Suhl, Germany, and one in Belgrade quite close together in June.
Then thereís the European Championshipsin Cyprus in July, but Iím not sure I want to go as they are quite close to the Olympics.
At the moment, I'm thinking I should train through July and then be really fresh for the Games, rather than getting too tired and doing too much travelling.
The British shooting team for the Olympics is officially announced in early June, so watch this space!
Charlotte Kerwood was talking to BBC Sport's Mark Barden
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