Katarina Johnson-Thompson: It's time for me to step up
- 11 April 2014
- From the section Front Page
Katarina Johnson-Thompson says the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow is a chance for her to make her name in world athletics.
The British heptathlete, 21, recently won a World Indoor long jump silver medal in Poland and now has her sights set on Scotland.
She said: "I have got goals. Especially on rainy sessions, I say 'this is for Glasgow'.
"I think this is the time for me to step up."
Katarina emerged on the senior athletics scene during the London 2012 Olympics.
Many predict she will follow in the footsteps of Jessica Ennis-Hill, who won heptathlon gold two years ago but will miss the Commonwealth Games through pregnancy.
The British junior heptathlon record holder, who finished 15th in London, said: "I've seen her [Jessica Ennis-Hill] sort of come through from my age and to the incredible athlete she is and winning her 2012 medal.
"It's a bit scary that people are saying 'the next Jessica Ennis'.
"I just want to do me and be my own athlete."
She added: "It's always been in the back of my mind that the home games of London 2012 were fantastic and the home crowd was incredible and spurred you on to do good performances.
"I think Glasgow's going to have a hint of that. I think all that support will come back."
Despite recent success, Katarina still isn't used to competing on a senior level.
"It's still kind of daunting," she said.
"As a junior I've been sitting on my couch watching all these athletes do senior competitions.
"I'm 21 and this is my second senior year. I sometimes see myself as still a young athlete coming through."
Although she is the British junior heptathlon record holder, she doesn't expect to reach her full potential for a while.
"When you think about it I'll still be quite relatively young in Rio [2016 Olympics].
"I'll still be 23 and most combined event athletes don't come through until they're 26,27.
"So 2020 [Tokyo Olympics] could be my time but I'm aiming for a medal in Rio especially the way things are progressing."
While she isn't training, Katarina is kept busy with her dog.
"I've got a new little sausage dog, a little puppy, so it's like I'm a single mother at the minute.
"I share it with my boyfriend. He has it for a bit while I'm competing and stuff then I have it for a bit so he's [the sausage dog] taking up a lot of my time."
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